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Francesco Piemontesi

Francesco Piemontesi is a pianist of exceptional refinement of expression, which is allied to a consummate technical skill. Widely renowned for his interpretation of Mozart and the early Romantic repertoire, Piemontesi’s pianism and sensibility has a close affinity too with the later 19th century and 20th century repertoire of Brahms, Liszt, Dvořák, Ravel, Debussy, Bartók and beyond. Of one of his great teachers and mentors, Alfred Brendel, Piemontesi says that Brendel taught him “to love the detail of things”.

Francesco Piemontesi appears with major ensembles worldwide: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, DSO and Berlin Radio Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Vienna Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic, London Symphony Orcherstra, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, The Hallé, Tonhalle-Orchestra Zurich, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de France, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Israel Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Dallas Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

He has performed with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Nicholas Collon, Charles Dutoit, Sir Mark Elder, Iven Fischer, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Manfred Honeck, Marek Janowski, Neeme Järvi, Ton Koopman, Andrew Manze, Zubin Mehta, Sir Roger Norrington, Gianandrea Noseda, Sakari Oramo and Yuri Temirkanov.                                               

Piemontesi is also a natural and keen chamber musician and plays with a variety of partners – Leif Ove Andsnes, Yuri Bashmet, Renaud und Gautier Capuçon, Emmanuel Pahud, Heinrich Schiff, Christian Tetzlaff,  Tabea Zimmermann and the Emerson Quartet. 

In solo recital, he has appeared in many prestigious venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Rotterdam De Doelen, Berlin Philharmonie, Zürich Tonhalle, Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein, Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York, and Suntory Hall Tokyo. In January 2016, Piemontesi launched his complete Mozart Odyssey at the Wigmore Hall, performing the sonatas in a series of recitals over the course of three seasons: 

“[The D-major Fantasia] was a good introduction to Piemontesi’s balance between musical intelligence, judgement and intuition, which poured into his reading of the K284 Sonata… The detail of decoration and dynamics Piemontesi released in the penultimate section – a full-scale Adagio vocalise of great intensity – made Mozart’s supernatural eloquence soar” Classical Source 

Piemontesi has performed at the Verbier Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, La Roque d’Anthéron, Chopin International Music Festival in Warsaw, Lucerne Festival, Schubertiade, Aix-en-Provence Easter Festival, Rheingau and Schleswig-Holstein festivals and New York Mostly Mozart Festival. 

Francesco Piemontesi has released a number of fine recordings, including three recordings for Naïve Classique: the Debussy Préludes, released in autumn 2015, Mozart Piano Works, and Schumann and Dvořák‘s Piano Concerti with BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jiří Bělohlávek. His recording of Mozart Piano Concertos Nos. 25 & 26 with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Andrew Manze were released on Linn Records in August 2017. 

Born in Locarno, Francesco Piemontesi studied with Arie Vardi before working with Alfred Brendel, Murray Perahia, Cécile Ousset and Alexis Weissenberg. He rose to international prominence with prizes at several major competitions, including the 2007 Queen Elisabeth Competition, and between 2009-11 he was chosen as a BBC New Generation Artist. 

Since 2012, Piemontesi has been the Artistic Director of the Settimane Musicali di Ascona.


Season 2017/18 | Photo Julien Mignot
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Francesco Piemontesi – Debut at the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival and the Salzburg Festival

10 August 2018

In August, Francesco Piemontesi makes his debut at two of the most prestigious festivals. As part of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival he plays recitals on August 12 in […] more ...

Francesco Piemontesi: Debut with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester

13 June 2018

Another highlight at the end of the season – Francesco Piemontesi makes his debut with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester performing Brahms Piano Concerto no. 2 in B flat […] more ...

Francesco Piemontesi with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra

11 April 2018

Under the direction of Marek Janowski, Francesco Piemontesi will present Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 54 on April 13th in Schweinfurt and again on April 14th […] more ...

New CD of Francesco Piemontesi

4 April 2018

This year, you can also enjoy a bit of the outstanding musicality of Francesco Piemontesi, at home or on the road, in the form of his new album […] more ...

Francesco Piemontesi on tour with Sir Roger Norrington and the SWR Symphony Orchestra

7 March 2018

At the beginning of his tour with the SWR Symphony Orchestra, Francesco Piemontesi will perform under the direction of none other than Sir Roger Norrington in the Stuttgart […] more ...

Francesco Piemontesi with recitals in Mainz and Berlin

29 November 2017

In Francesco Piemontesi’s forthcoming recitals, ambitious works of piano literature are on the program. On December 1st at the Frankfurter Hof in Mainz and again on December 8th […] more ...

Francesco Piemontesi joins the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg

11 May 2017

Francesco Piemontesi’s run of artistically riveting concerts continues. On 11th May 2017, he will visit Salzburg to perform alongside the Mozarteum Orchestra. Under James Gaffigan, he will play […] more ...

Francesco Piemontesi in Brahms’ fairytale land

14 February 2017

Joined by the NDR Radiophilharmonie under principle conductor Andrew Manze, Francesco Piemontesi can be heard on 16/17 February 2017 in Hannover as well as on 18 February 2017 […] more ...

Francesco Piemontesi performs with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra

22 November 2016

This season has gotten off to an incredible start for Francesco Piemontesi! Following a recital at the Schubertiade, tours with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Chamber […] more ...

Francesco Piemontesi in Stuttgart and Munich

28 April 2016

Francesco Piemontesi will be performing alongside two renowned orchestras in the weeks ahead: In May, he will join the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra to play Mozart’s piano concerto […] more ...

Francesco Piemontesi joins the Gewandhausorchester and Roger Norrington in Leipzig

4 November 2015

On 5th and 6th November, the musical centre of Leipzig will welcome Francescco Piemontesi. Under Roger Norrington, he will join the Gewandhausorchester to present a rarely performed piano […] more ...

Francesco Piemontesi releases new CD: Claude Debussy – Préludes

1 October 2015

On 23rd October, the latest CD from Francesco Piemontesi featuring Debussy’s Préludes livres I & II will be released. With his ever insightful and technically brilliant interpretation, Piemontesi […] more ...

New CD from Franceso Piemontesi

10 July 2015

Together with cellist Daniel Müller-Schott, Francesco Piemontesi has released a new CD featuring the perfectly attuned duo as they perform works by Prokofiev, Britten and Schostakovich. Francesco Piemontesi’s […] more ...

Francesco Piemontesi’s performances well received

7 May 2015

Francesco Piemontesi’s performances in the Alte Oper in Frankfurt from 26 and 27 March 2015 with the hr-Sinfonieorchester under Manfred Honecks showed themselves to be a great success. […] more ...

Francesco Piemontesi Recital 2018/2019

19 October 2017

      Program: Bach / Busoni         Preludes in E flat Major BWV 552                                “Nun Komm Der Heiden Heiland.”                               “Wachet auf, ruft uns die […] more ...

Francesco Piemontesi – Schubert Cycle

19 October 2017

      Program: Franz Schubert (1823-1828) I) Sonata D845 in A Minor — 11 Ecossaises D781 4 Impromptus D935 II) 4 Impromptus D899 — Sonata D850 in […] more ...

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Piano Concerto No. 1 Sz. 83, BB 91
Piano Concerto No. 3 Sz. 119

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major op. 15
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major op. 19
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor op. 37
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major op. 58
Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major op. 73 ‘Emperor’
‘Choral Fantasy’ for Piano, Chorus & Orchestra in C minor op. 80

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor op. 15
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major op. 83

Piano Concerto op. 13

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor op. 21

Fantasy in G major

Piano Concerto in G minor op. 33

Variations Symphoniques FWV 46

Piano Concerto in A minor op. 16

Piano Concerto in D major Hob.XVIII: 11

Piano Concerto

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major S. 125

Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor op. 25

Oiseaux Exotiques

Piano Concerto No. 11 in F major K. 413
Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major K. 414
Piano Concerto No. 13 in C major K. 415
Piano Concerto No. 14 in E flat major K. 449
Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major K. 453
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor K. 466
Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor K. 491
Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major K. 503
Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major K. 537
Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major K. 595

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major op. 26

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor op. 40
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini op. 43

Piano Concerto in G major
Concerto for the Left Hand in D major

Wanderer Fantasy

Piano Concerto in A minor op. 54
Introduction and Allegro Appassionato in G major op. 92

Burleske in D minor for Piano and Orchestra

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor op. 23

Liszt: Années de pèlerinage
Années de pèlerinage
Légende Nr.2
ORFEO: C 944 182 I (2018)

Mozart: Piano Concertos
Piano Concerto No. 26
Piano Concerto No. 25
Partner: Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Andrew Manze (conductor)
Linn Records 11615 (2017)

Préludes (Première and Deuxième Livres)
naïve: V 5415 (2015)

Prokofiev/Britten/Shostakovich – Duos
Prokofiev: Sonata C major op. 119 for violoncello and piano
Britten: Sonata C major op. 65 for violoncello and piano
Shostakovich: Sonata D minor op. 40 for violoncello and piano
Partner: Daniel Müller-Schott (violoncello)
ORFEO: IC 8175 (2015)

Mozart: Pianoworks solo
Fantasie K 397
Sonata K 284
Rondos K 485 & K 511
Sonata K 533
naïve: V 5367 (2014)

Schumann/ Dvořák – Concertos
Schumann: Piano concerto A minor op. 54
Dvořák: Piano concerto G minor op. 33
Partner: BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jiři Bělohlávek (conductor)
naïve: V 5327 (2013)

Handel/Brahms/Bach/Liszt – solo
Handel: Suite B flat major HWV 434
Brahms: Variationas and Fuge on a theme by Handel op. 24
Bach: Partita No. 1 B flat major BWV 825
Bach: Fantasy and Fugue BWV 542 (arr. by Liszt, S. 463)
Liszt: Vallé D’Obermann S. 156 from: Années de Pèlerinage (I: Suisse)
avanti classic: 103425 (2011)

Schumann The Complete Works for Piano, Vol. 4
Sonata F sharp minor op. 11
Sonata G minor op. 22
Sonata F minor op. 14
Fantasy C major op. 17
claves: LC3369 (2010)

Cello sonata No. 1 G minor op. 59
Concert Pieces op. 20
Cello sonata No. 2 C minor op. 99
Partner: Maria Kliegel (violoncello)
Naxos: 8.572314 (2009)

Liszt “Au lac de Wallenstadt” – Francesco Piemontesi

Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3 – SWR Symphony Orchestra – Francesco Piemontesi

Liszt Piano Concerto No.2 – Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra – Francesco Piemontesi

L. v. Beethoven: Concierto para piano nº 1 (Mov. I) – S. Skrowaczewski – F. Piemontesi – OSG

Mozart: Klavierkonzert C-Dur KV 503 ∙ hr-Sinfonieorchester ∙ Francesco Piemontesi ∙ Manfred Honeck

Debussy: Feux d’artifice – Aus: Préludes, Heft 2 ∙ Francesco Piemontesi

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