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”
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.
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
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
Wigmore Hall, London (Mozart cycle)
International Piano Series at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
Berliner Philharmoniker recital series
Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels
Kennedy Performing Arts Center, Washington
Lucerne Festival at the Piano
Chopin International Music Festival Warsaw
Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center, New York
Gilmore International Keyboard Festival
The Times, January 2017
It was playful, assertive, intelligent music-making, with bone-china clarity from Piemontesi.
Clssical Source, December 2016
Piemontesi’s discernment of personality, style and context in these four works was second to none. He is a superb Mozartean... Piemontesi knows how to make Mozart sing... keeping true to the vocal quality of Mozart’s music. He has a command of timbre and balance and a disarmingly precise virtuosity.
LA Times, August 2016
...an unaffected, alternately sparkling and passionately inward rendition of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4, featuring Swiss pianist Francesco Piemontesi in his L.A. Phil debut... Piemontesi showed an unpredictable temperament all his own