Franco Pavan is an italian lute and theorbo player. Graduated cum laude both in lute and in musicology in Milan, he has been working as a professional player with the most important Italian early music ensembles such as: Concerto Italiano, Accordone, La Cappella della Pietà dei Turchini, La Risonanza, La Venexiana and with the London based Trinity Baroque. He is working with conductors as Rinaldo Alessandrini, Fabio Bonizzoni, Antonio Florio, Enrico Gatti, Alessandro Ciccolini, Claudio Cavina.
He played in the most important concert halls in Europe (e.g.: Konzerthaus, Berlin; Konzerthaus, Wien; Musikverein, Wien; Cité de la Musique, Paris; Auditorio Nacional, Madrid) and in the world (Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires; Toppan Hall, Tokyo) as well as in Uruguay, Chile, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, China, Egypt, Morocco.
He recorded over 50 CDs (with the labels Glossa, Opus 111, Emi, Virgin, , Cyprès, Alpha, Arcana, Naïve) and he won prizes like Gramophon Award, Diapason d’Or, Premio Vivaldi della Fondazione Cini, Venezia.
He recorded for all the European Radio broadcasts, and for the French, Italian, German, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese TV. His solo recording “Le Mouton Fabuleux” is the winner of the “Premio del Disco Amadeus 2009”.
In 2012 he began a new duo collaboration with the recorder player Dorothee Oberlinger and founded the Ensemble Laboratorio’600 for the label Glossa he published: Siciliane – The Songs of an Island, (2013), Lamentationi (2014), Occhi Turchini (2016), Ninna Nanna (2019)
He teaches Lute at the Conservatorio “E. F. Dall’Abaco” in Verona, Italy. In April, 2014 he was granted with the title of Cultore della Materia of History of Music at the University of Padua
As a musicologist he wrote articles about the lute history and early Seventeenth-Century music, with an important paper on new documents about Claudio Monteverdi and Carlo Gesualdo. He worked for the new edition of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and for Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart. He’s part of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Lute Society of America.