Violist of the 5th House Ensemble in Chicago, Mr. Franco is an active performer, teacher, and composer and is very excited to be supporting Project 88. As a member of the 5th House Ensemble, Mr. Franco has been touring the U.S. through innovative multimedia performances, inspiring workshops for up-and-coming professionals and meaningful presentations for young audiences. Mr. Franco has also had the pleasure to perform with local ensembles such as the Eight Black Bird Ensemble, the International Chamber Artists, Elgin Symphony, Camerata Chicago, Chicago Chamber Orchestra and the New Millennium Orchestra. He has been a member of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Symbiosis Ensemble in L.A. and Camerata Musicalis in Spain, Barcelona Symphonic Orchestra, and the Shleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchestra, among others.
As a composer, Sixto Franco has written for different mediums such as chamber music, theater, and dance. He made his debut on February 2011 premiering his work “Blanco y Negro” in a Cancer Benefit Concert promoted by the Spanish Consulate in Los Angeles. The “malArte Association”, Spain, premiered his piece “Five O’clock Tabu”, as the sound track for the interdisciplinary work with the same title. His last collaboration included the Chicago’s Tiffany Lawhorne Dance Company, in which Mr. Franco acts as the current Music Director, resulting on the creation of “Calm Panic” for solo viola and dancer.
Sixto Franco has released three albums titled, “Latinoamerica” (2015), “Quartango” (2016) and “Fareed Haque and Kaia String Quartet” (2018) as a member of the Chicago-based Kaia String Quartet. He also enjoys collaborations with Crossing Borders Music, the Quijote Duo and Mr. Nick Music, where he explores Haitian music, as well as music created in Chicago.
Sixto Franco is a Master Graduate from Thornton School of Music at University of Southern California and has earned a Performance Degree in chamber music studies at the Northern Illinois University.