He was born in Montegranaro, Italy in 1967, and studied oboe with Luciano Franca and Maurice Bourgue.
From 1994 to 2008, he was the oboe soloist of the Teatro alla Scala directed by Riccardo Muti and Daniel Barenboim.
Francesco won the second prize for Oboe competition in Zurich "Jugendmusik Wettbewerb" in 1988 and 6 other competitions of national chamber of music.
He has been featured as a soloist under the direction of maestros Riccardo Muti, Myung Wun Chung, Ton Koopman, Antonio Pappano, and has performed in some of the world's finest concert venues, including Musikverein in Vienna, Teatro alla Scala, Musikhalle in Hambourg, Tonhalle in Zurich, the auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, Teatro Coliseo in Buenos Aires and Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo.
Francesco has also been invited to perform as principal oboe iwith prestigious orchestras such as Berliner Philharmoniker, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Mahler Chamber, Camerata Salzburg, Mozart Orchestra of Claudio Abbado , Orchestre National de France and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande of Genève.
He has recorded a huge collection of oboe literature on the EMI, Thymallus, Bongiovanni, Preiser Records, Musicom, Real Sound, Tactus, Dad Records, Aulia and Brilliant labels, as well as for the magazine Amadeus.
He is the oboe teacher at the Santa Cecilia Academy in Rome.