Francesco Manara was born in Turin.
He studied at this city's Musical Academy where he obtained his diploma with full marks, honours and special mention under the guidance of Maestro Marin.
He the perfected his studies with F. Gulli, S. Gheorghiu and H. Krebbers. He has won numerous international prizes such as the "J. Joachim" Hannover award, the "Stradivari" of Cremona, the "Spohr" of Freiburg, the "Doug-A" of Seul, the "ARD" of Munich and "Tchaikowski" (special award) of Moscow, as well as the "Paganini" (special award) of Genoa and "CIEM" (first prize) of Geneva.
Such important awards soon led him to undertake a brilliant career as a soloist, in the course of which he has performed with more than fifty orchestra.
Furthermore, as a member of chamber music ensembles, he has played in some of the most prestigious theatres in the world.
He teaches at the "Accademia di Perfezionamento" for the Scala's orchestra professors.