Francesco is certainly making a name for himself in the symphonic world, with guest appearances conducting at some of the most prestigious institutions in the country such as the San Francisco Symphony and New York Philharmonic. On the opera side, Maestro Lecce-Chong has collaborated with the likes of Florentine Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Brooklyn Repertory Opera.
Raised by an artist and architect in Boulder, CO, Francesco was immersed in the arts as a child. Drawn to the music world at an early age, Francesco taught himself the piano and very quickly mastered many instruments, composition and conducting. He pursued his conducting career at Mannes College of Music followed by the Curtis Institute of Music and is now embracing life as a much sought after conductor and Music Director, regularly city-hopping between Eugene (OR), Santa Rosa (CA) and Miami (FL).
Although Francesco did not realize his childhood dream of becoming a professional baseball player, he still kept up his love for the sport and throws out the first pitch at a game for the Emeralds each summer in Eugene (which he takes as seriously as a performance!) and still holds on tight to his dream of one day throwing out a first pitch for the Giants.
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