Italian counter tenor Francesco Giusti was born in Bologna. He studied organ, composition and musicology in Bologna and Ferrara before training as a singer. In 2006-8 he studied for a BMus in singing at the Guildhall School of Music in London with Andrew Watts and from 2008 to 2010 he studied historical singing at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig with Gundula Anders. From 2014 to 2016 he studied at the Amsterdam Conservatoire with Xenia Meijer and Maarten Koningsberger, and obtained a MMus in Early Music Singing. In 2015 he sang in the world premiere of Matthias Klenota’s Centauri at the ZeitRäume festival in Basel, Switzerland. In 2016, he co-founded ensemble Hovkapell, dedicated to the early Scandinavian repertoire. In 2017 he was a finalist in the International Early Music Vocal Competition, Canticum Gaudium, in Poznan, Poland, and performed in the production Membra. Als ich im Sterben lag (music by Buxtehude) in Hamburg. In the same year he moved to Ireland, where he now regularly works with with Sestina, Resurgam and the Irish Baroque Orchestra. He was a member of Northern Ireland Opera studio in Belfast in 2018-19 and performed in productions of Scarlatti/Martini’s La Dirindina and Greg Caffrey’s The Chronic Identity Crisis of Pamplemousse. 2021 engagements include a new stage production, Battaglia 17, by young German director/violinist Matthias Klenota, which will tour Switzerland, and includes both new and early music.