Fausto Cigarini was born in 1997 in Sassuolo, Modena; he started playing violin at the age of ten and attended since then the Conservatory "Vecchi-Tonelli" in Modena, studying with Prof. Paola Besutti. He got his Bachelor degree in July 2018 with top marks and honour mention. As soloist, he is winner of many scholarships of his former conservatory (“Fondazione Antonio Zamparo Prize”) as well as prizewinner of various national competitions. He's now continuing his studies at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover, Germany, attending the second year of the Master Courses for Master of Arts in Music Performance under the guidance of Prof. Krzysztof Wegrzyn.
In 2015 he was selected and took part in the Junior Orchestra VFJO project at the Verbier Festival, where he worked with the directors Daniel Harding, Alondra De la Parra and Dima Slobodeniouk.
In his chamber music activities, he performed and collaborated with artists such as Ilya Grubert and Carlo Maria Parazzoli and his path was inspired by enriching lessons given by members of leading chamber ensembles, such as O. Wille (Kuss Quartett), L. M. Aguera (Ysaye Quartet), B. Giuranna, Quartetto di Cremona, C. Greensmith (Tokyo Quartet), Mathieu Herzog (Quatuor Ebène).
He attended masterclasses held by Prof. Krzysztof Wegrzyn (Interntional Music Academy in Cagliari, Kloster Schöntal International Masterclass), Prof. Marco Rizzi (Garda Lake Festival), Prof. Marianne Boettcher (Ötztal, Austria).
Since 2018 he has collaborated with national and international orchestras such as ORT Orchestra della Toscana, Orchestra Leonore, Colibrì Ensemble and Hannover Kammerorchester.
In 2019 he is a founder member of the Quartetto Leonardo; with his Quartet he's played on occasion of important chamber music festivals and is now attending the second year of the Master studies in
the class of the Artemis Quartett at the UDK in Berlin.
Quartetto Leonardo has recently won the prestigious “ Franco Abbiati Award” (Piero Farulli Prize) awarded by the National Association of Musical Critics.