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Francesco Piemontesi

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Francesco Piemontesi appears with major ensembles worldwide: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, DSO and Berlin Radio Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, The Hallé, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Danish National Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Israel Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale, the Cleveland Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has performed with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, David Afkham, Nicholas Collon, Charles Dutoit, Manfred Honeck, Marek Janowski, Andrew Manze, Zubin Mehta, Sir Roger Norrington, Sakari Oramo, Vasily Petrenko and Robin Ticciati.

Francesco’s summer season 2018 included an appearance at Alice Tully Hall with New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, performing Brahms’s Op. 117 Intermezzi and Mozart’s Concerto No. 27, K. 595 with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard—Music Director Designate (2019/2020) and Principal Guest Conductor of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra—on the podium.

Piemontesi’s 2018/2019 season features concerto dates with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Manze conducting (Mozart Piano Concerto No. 19, K. 459) and the National Symphony Orchestra with conductor Giandrea Noseda (Rachmaninoff’s  Rhapsody on Theme of Paganini, Op. 43). Francesco’s recital dates include Great Performers at Lincoln Center playing Bach, Debussy and the original 1913 version of Rachmaninoff’s Sonata No. 2, San Francisco Performances, at Fresno’s Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concerts with an inspired program of Bach/Busoni, Bach/Kempff, Debussy and Rachmaninoff. Piemontesi’s European performances include: a J.S. Bach and Schubert recital in Copenhagen, Mozart’s Concerto No. 27 with Sir Roger Norrington and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen; Beethoven’s Concerto No. 2 with Thomas Søndergård and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in the UK, R. Strauss’ Burleske with Daniele Rustioni and Philharmonia Zurich, Mendelssohn’s Concerto No. 1 with Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra; Brahms’ Concerto No. 2 in Italy with Pietari Inkinen and the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI; Unsuk Chin’s Piano Concerto with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the five Beethoven Piano Concertos in Lugano with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Markus Poschner, conducting.

Piemontesi nurtures a special artistic interest in chamber music and collaborates with a variety of distinguished partners. In solo recital, he has appeared in many prestigious venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Philharmonie, Zürich Tonhalle, and Vienna Konzerthaus. Francesco’s numerous festival performances include the Edinburgh International Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival, Chopin International Music Festival in Warsaw, Lucerne Festival, Austria’s unique Schubertiade Festival, and Schleswig-Holstein Festivals.

Francesco Piemontesi has recorded for EMI Classics and signed an exclusive agreement with Naïve Classique.

In 2012, Piemontesi was appointed Artistic Director of the Settimane Musicali di Ascona, located in the district of Locarno in the canton of Ticino in Switzerland.

Francesco Piemontesi appears with major ensembles worldwide: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, DSO and Berlin Radio Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, The Hallé, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Danish National Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Israel Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale, the Cleveland Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has performed with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, David Afkham, Nicholas Collon, Charles Dutoit, Manfred Honeck, Marek Janowski, Andrew Manze, Zubin Mehta, Sir Roger Norrington, Sakari Oramo, Vasily Petrenko and Robin Ticciati.

Francesco’s summer season 2018 included an appearance at Alice Tully Hall with New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, performing Brahms’s Op. 117 Intermezzi and Mozart’s Concerto No. 27, K. 595 with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard—Music Director Designate (2019/2020) and Principal Guest Conductor of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra—on the podium. Overseas engagements included Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 with the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg conducted by Ivor Bolton. And, to conclude Francesco Piemontesi’s summer season, a recital at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg: Sonata in A minor, D 845; Eleven Ecossaises, D 781; Four Impromptus, D 935. With this recital, Francesco begins a six-part Schubert cycle with the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg and Hohenems.

Piemontesi’s 2018/2019 season features concerto dates with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Manze conducting (Mozart Piano Concerto No. 19, K. 459) and the National Symphony Orchestra with conductor Giandrea Noseda (Rachmaninoff’s  Rhapsody on Theme of Paganini, Op. 43). Francesco’s recital dates include Great Performers at Lincoln Center playing Bach, Debussy and the original 1913 version of Rachmaninoff’s Sonata No. 2, San Francisco Performances, and at Fresno’s Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concerts with an inspired program of Bach/Busoni, Bach/Kempff, Debussy and Rachmaninoff.  Piemontesi’s European performances include: a J.S. Bach and Schubert recital in Copenhagen, Mozart’s Concerto No. 27 with Sir Roger Norrington and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the Basel Chamber Orchestra in Switzerland with Heinz Holliger; Beethoven’s Concerto No. 2 with Thomas Søndergård and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in the UK, R. Strauss’ Burleske with Daniele Rustioni and Philharmonia Zurich, Mendelssohn’s Concerto No. 1 with Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra; Brahms’ Concerto No. 2 in Italy with Pietari Inkinen and the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI and in Germany with MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra and Aziz Shokhakimov; Unsuk Chin’s Piano Concerto with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Beethoven Concerto No. 3 at the Rostropovich Festival in Moscow with Sir Antonio Pappano, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and the five Beethoven Piano Concertos in Lugano with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Markus Poschner, conducting.

Piemontesi nurtures a special artistic interest in chamber music and collaborates with a variety of distinguished partners: the Emerson Quartet, Antoine Tamestit and Jörg Widmann in trio, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Emmanuel Pahud, Yuri Bashmet, Clemens Hagen, Angelika Kirchschlager, Daniel Müller-Schott, and during his formative years, Heinrich Schiff.

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. In January 2016, Piemontesi launched his complete Mozart Odyssey at Wigmore Hall, performing the complete sonatas in a series of recitals over the course of three seasons.

Francesco numerous festival performances include the Edinburgh International Festival, La Roque d’Anthéron, Mostly Mozart Festival, Chopin International Music Festival in Warsaw, Lucerne Festival, Austria’s unique Schubertiade Festival, Aix-en-Provence Easter Festival, and Rheingau and Schleswig-Holstein Festivals.

Francesco Piemontesi has recorded for EMI Classics and in 2012 he signed an exclusive agreement with Naïve Classique, releasing three CDs: the Debussy Préludes, Mozart Piano Works and the Schumann and Dvořák Piano Concertos with BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jiří Bělohlávek.

Born in Locarno, Francesco Piemontesi studied with Arie Vardi before working with Alfred Brendel, Murray Perahia, Cécile Ousset, Mitsuko Uchida and Alexis Weissenberg. He rose to international prominence with prizes at several major competitions, including the 2007 Queen Elisabeth Competition, and between 2009-2011 he was chosen as a BBC New Generation Artist.

In 2012, Piemontesi was appointed Artistic Director of the Settimane Musicali di Ascona, located in the district of Locarno in the canton of Ticino in Switzerland.

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“A musician of rare intelligence.”

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“Intelligence, refinement, elegance of tone as well as complete clarity of polyphony are all characteristic of this musician.”

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“Clarity of thought is complemented by clarity of touch, incisive intellect by a good dose of fantasy.”

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