Franziska Fleischanderl was born in Linz (AT). It was an unforgettable moment for her, as she heard for the first time in her life, at the age of four, the sound of a salterio. She immediately fell in love with its clear, ethereal sound. Meanwhile she graduated two master-studies with extinction in Linz and Basel under Karl-Heinz Schickhaus, Hopkinson Smith and Rudi Lutz and gives concerts and conferences in Europe, and overseas. She performed with ensembles such as the baroque orchestra La Cetra, the baroque ensemble La Ritirata, the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, or the Tonkünstlerorchester Niederösterreich and gave concerts at the Wiener Festwochen, the Styriarte, or at the Donaueschinger Musikwochen a.o. Franziska was involved in many CD- and radioproductions by ORF, BR, SWR, Deutsche Grammophon, Glossa and Christophorus.
Since many years, Franziska Fleischanderl focusses on the research of this instrument in the areas of Early and Contemporary music. From 2008 to 2015 she dedicated herself exclusively to the enlargement of contemporary sounds and repertoire for Hackbrett and its related notation. She premiered around 30 compositions in many different instrumentations, which were written for her. A highpoint was her collaboration with György Kurtág, who was enthusiastic about her transcriptions of his music and who authorized them for her.
Owing to and idea of Andrea Marcon, Franziska coincidentally acquired in 2015 an extraordinary beautiful original salterio built by Michele Barbi in 1725 in Rome. Since then she focusses on the re-discovery and re-performance of the 18th century repertoire for the Italian salterio. In the course of her PhD trajectory at Leiden University she studies intensly the history, the tuning and the playing techniques (battuto with sticks and pizzicato with fingers or finger rings and plectra) of the Italian salterio and researches their impact on the original salterio repertoire. In April 2021, she defended her 500-page dissertation, thereby receiving not only a doctorate but also scientific validation of her research. In the pursuit of bringing back to life the Italian salterio, she founded the ensemble IL DOLCE CONFORTO. It’s debut CD Sacred Salterio was released in 2017 under Christophorus label. It was internationally reviewed and awarded the Pasticcio-Price of Ö1. In 2018, their second CD Salterio italiano was released under the same label, got international reviews and was awarded “CD of the week” in BR and Ö1.