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 worldwide with major orchestras in Boston, Los Angeles, Cleveland, London, Scandinavia, Paris, Montreal, and throughout Europe and Japan. He has performed with conductors such as Thomas Dausgaard, Sir Mark Elder, Ivan Fischer, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Manfred Honeck, Marek Janowski, Neeme Järvi, Emmanuel Krivine, Ton Koopman, Zubin Mehta, Sir Roger Norrington, Gianandrea Noseda, Sakari Oramo, Sir Antonio Pappano and Yuri Temirkanov.
In solo recital, he has appeared in many prestigious venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Philharmonie, Zürich Tonhalle, Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein, Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York, and Suntory Hall Tokyo. At the Schubertiade festival in August 2018 Piemontesi launched a major Schubert cycle. He returns to the festival to continue the cycle throughout the 2019/20 season and launched a separate Schubert cycle at the Wigmore Hall London in October 2019.
Piemontesi has performed at the Salzburg, Lucerne, Edinburgh, Verbier and Aix-en-Provence Festivals, La Roque d’Anthéron, Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festivals and at New York Mostly Mozart.
In 2018/19, Piemontesi worked with French Filmmaker Bruno Monsaingeon and Orfeo to release a double CD and DVD documentary with selections by Liszt including the “Deuxième Année: Italie” from Années de Pelerinage, St François d’Assise: La prédiction aux oiseaux, “Première année: Suisse” from Années de pèlerinage and St. François de Paule marchant sur les flots. In Fall 2019, he released Schubert’s Last Piano Sonatas with Pentatone, including Schubert’s last three sonatas D958-D960. Prior recordings include Mozart Piano Concertos Nos 25 & 26 with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Andrew Manze on Linn, and for Naïve he has recorded Debussy Préludes, Mozart solo piano works and Schumann and Dvorak Piano Concertos with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jiří Bělohlávek.
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.
“A musician of rare intelligence.”
“Francesco Piemontesi combines stunning technique with an intellectual capacity that few can match.”
“Piemontesi’s playing is always a delight.”
“Intelligence, refinement, elegance of tone as well as complete clarity of polyphony are all characteristic of this musician.”
“Clarity of thought is complemented by clarity of touch, incisive intellect by a good dose of fantasy.”
- Ravel Piano Concerto in G Major (Ingo Metzmacher / Francesco Piemontesi)
- LISZT Années de Pèlerinage, Première Année - Suisse, Francesco Piemontesi / Bruno Monsaingeon
- LISZT Années de Pèlerinage, Deuxième Année - Italie, Francesco Piemontesi / Roberta Pedrini
- Ludwig van Beethoven: Klavierkonzert Nr. 3 c-Moll op. 37
- Mozart: Klavierkonzert C-Dur KV 503 ∙ hr-Sinfonieorchester ∙ Francesco Piemontesi ∙ Manfred Honeck
- Liszt: Piano Concerto No 2 hr-Sinfonieorchester – Frankfurt Radio Symphony
- Schumann & Dvořák piano concertos
- Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini - Francesco Piemontesi / National Symphony Orchestra
- Francesco Piemontesi offers “pure poetry” at Blossom Music Center
- Francesco Piemontesi praised by the Washington Post
- Francesco Piemontesi with the BSO and Recitals
- Francesco Piemontesi: Beethoven with Sir Roger Norrington and upcoming highlights