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Francesco Piemontesi

Francesco Piemontesi

Francesco Piemontesi

*1983 Locarno

The Swiss-Italian pianist Francesco Piemontesi, born in Locarno in 1983, studied first with Arie Vardi, then with Alfred Brendel, Cécile Ousset and Alexis Weissenberg. Since rising to international prominence with prizes at several major competitions, including the 2007 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, he has appeared in many of the world’s leading concert halls, including the Musikvereinsaal in Vienna, Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Berlin Philharmonie, Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome and Tonhalle Zurich, and in such festivals as the BBC Proms, Lucerne, Edinburgh, Mostly Mozart (New York), Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Klavierfest Ruhr, Aix-en-Provence, La Roque d'Anthéron and Martha Argerich Project (Lugano). In 2012, he was appointed artistic director of the Settimane Musicali di Ascona.

As a soloist, Piemontesi has appeared with the London Philharmonic, DSO and RSB Berlin, BBC Symphony, Northern Sinfonia, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Camerata Salzburg, and the Vienna, Zurich and Scottish Chamber Orchestras, performing alongside such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Marek Janowski, Roger Norrington, Sakari Oramo, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Vasily Petrenko, Mikhail Pletnev, David Afkham, Jiří Bělohlávek, Kazuki Yamada, Nicholas Collon and Andrew Manze.

He has given solo recitals in prestigious venues such as the Wigmore Hall in London, De Doelen in Rotterdam and Toppan Hall in Tokyo, and in recital series and festivals such as the London International Piano Series, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, New York Mostly Mozart Festival, Concerti dell’Unione Musicale in Turin and Società del Quartetto in Milan.

His strong interest in chamber music has led to many projects with a variety of partners, including Yuri Bashmet, Juliane Banse, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Clemens Hagen, Angelika Kirchschlager, Heinrich Schiff, Jörg Widmann and Antoine Tamestit.

Forthcoming engagements include concerts with the Philharmonia Orchestra, CBSO, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, NHK Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Swedish RSO, Helsinki Philharmonic and Säo Paulo Symphony, as well as a tour with the Royal Philharmonic under Charles Dutoit. He will be giving solo recitals in London (Southbank Centre, Wigmore Hall), Vienna and Berlin.

Piemontesi’s recordings have included Schumann sonatas and a mixed recital of Handel, Brahms, Bach, and Liszt. He now works exclusively for Naïve Classique, for which he has recorded the piano concertos of Schumann and Dvořák with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jiří Bělohlávek. He recently released Mozart Piano Works, and his recording of Debussy Preludes is due for release in 2015.


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