Francesco Marzano (*1992, Bari, Italy) is a freelance flautist, performer and author. He studied music and literature in Milan (Italy) and then continued his studies in flute, performance, musicology and music pedagogy at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne (Germany). 

He has played as a soloist, in ensemble or orchestra at several festivals, including the MiTo Festival (Milan), Notti trasfigurate (Milan), La Fabbrica Mozart (Cantù), Un museo da salotto (Museo Teatrale alla Scala, Milan), Cantiere internazionale d’arte (Montepulciano), Acht Brücken (Cologne), Warsaw Autumn (Warsaw).

He received artistic inspiration in masterclasses with Sir James Galway, Raffaele Trevisani, Bülent Evcil, Mario Ancillotti, Jennifer Seubel and Helen Bledsoe and won first prize at the international competitions Nuovo Premio Contea (2016) and Premio Monterosa-Kawai (2015).

He has received fundings and scholarships for various interdisciplinary projects from Live Music Now Köln – Yehudi Menuhin (2019-22), DAAD (2021), Land NRW (2020, 2021, 2022), Deutsche Orchesterstiftung (2023), Musikfonds (2023, 2024).

In addition to music, he lives out his passion for communication and languages as a radio journalist (WDR Cosmo) and author in the fields of philology, performative theatre and music.

In 2022/23 he was accepted as a performer in the class of Marina Abramović and Billy Zhao at the Folkwang University in Essen and took part in the exhibition 54 Hours Performances at the Museum Folkwang.