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Francesco Piemontesi

Piano
Artistic Director, Settimane Musicali di Ascona.

  • 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”.

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  • 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, 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.


    Piemontesi is also a natural and keen chamber musician and plays with a variety of partners – the Emerson Quartet, Antoine Tamestit and Jörg Widmann in trio, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, 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 Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Rotterdam De Doelen, Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York, Berlin Philharmonie, Zürich Tonhalle, Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein. 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 Edinburgh International Festival, La Roque d'Anthéron, New York Mostly Mozart, Chopin International Music Festival in Warsaw, Lucerne Festival, Schubertiade, Aix-en-Provence Easter Festival, and Rheingau and Schleswig-Holstein festivals.


    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.


    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.


    In 2012, Piemontesi was announced as Artistic Director of the Settimane Musicali di Ascona.

    2016-2017 season / 463 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Concerto engagements

Leipzig Gewandhausorchester/Norrington/Dvořák


Munich Philharmonic/Noseda/Bartók 3


Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester/Manze/Liszt 2


Berlin Radio Symphony/Janowski/Dvořák, Bartók 3


Frankfurt Radio Symphony/Honeck/Mozart


NDR Hannover/Rivas/Bartók 3


Philharmonia/Collon/Schumann


BBC Symphony/Weilerstein/Ravel


The Hallé/Elder/Dvořák


Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Manze/Mozart 25, 26


Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France/Koopman/Mozart 26


Oslo Philharmonic/Payare/Beethoven 2


Swedish Radio Symphony/Afkham/Bartók 3


Swedish CO/Manze/Mozart 25


OCNE Madrid/Afkham/Brahms 1


Toronto Symphony/Søndergård/Beethoven 4


Cleveland Orchestra/Skrowaczewski/Mozart 27


NHK Symphony Orchestra/Norrington/Beethoven 1

Recital engagements

Wigmore Hall, London (Mozart cycle)
International Piano Series at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
Berliner Philharmoniker recital series
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 
Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels
Wiener Konzerthaus
Tonhalle Zürich
Kennedy Performing Arts Center, Washington
Lucerne Festival at the Piano
Schubertiade Festival
Chopin International Music Festival Warsaw
Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center, New York
Gilmore International Keyboard Festival

Memorable, too, was Swiss pianist Francesco Piemontesi’s clean and authoritative account of Mozart’s Coronation Concerto, which included a perfectly poised slow movement and an intriguing first-movement cadenza by Christian Zacharias, in which Collon moved over to a celesta to filter in one or two magical, music-box-like phrases.

Guardian, August 2015

Francesco Piemontesi made a poised first entry and went on to entrance with many poetic responses, generously expressed… and the finale… had leeway and delicacy, Schumann’s closely-woven counterpoint always clear. This was a fresh and meticulous account of an old favourite finding pianist and conductor in harmony and the warm-toned Fazioli piano playing a notable part in such joyous music-making.

Classical Source, May 2015

This entire disc testifies to [Piemontesi’s] finesse and close affinity with the spirit of the music… [He] has thought meticulously about matters of expression and colour, and also possess the natural artistic stimulus to be able to convey his interpretative ideas with ear-catching spontaneity… Piemontesi’s playing on this disc identifies a Mozartian of rare refinement and wisdom

Daily Telegraph,, April 2014

Intermusica represents Francesco Piemontesi worldwide

Jessica Ford
Director, Artist Management
+44 20 7608 9925
jford@intermusica.co.uk

Victoria Ford
Assistant Artist Manager
+44 20 7608 9926
victoriaford@intermusica.co.uk

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