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: Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony, NHK Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Vienna Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Montréal Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Tonhalle-Orchestra Zurich, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestra Nazionale della RAI di Torino, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
He has performed with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Thomas Dausgaard, Charles Dutoit, 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.
Piemontesi also performs chamber music with a variety of partners including Leif Ove Andsnes, Yuri Bashmet, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Stephen Kovacevich, Heinrich Schiff, Christian Tetzlaff, Jörg Widmann, Tabea Zimmermann and the Emerson Quartet.
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. 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.
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.
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 will be launching a separate Schubert cycle at the Wigmore Hall London beginning October 2019.
In the 2018/19 season Piemontesi released Liszt 'Deuxième Année: Italie' from Années de Pelerinage and St François d'Assise: La prédication aux oiseaux, as well as 'Première année: Suisse' and St. François de Paule: marchant sur les flots, combined with a documentary by French filmmaker Bruno Monsaingeon, a double CD and DVD for Orfeo. This season, he will release Schubert Last Piano Sonatas with Pentatone, which will include Piano Sonata Nos. 19 and 20. Prior recordings include Mozart Piano Concertos Nos. 25 and 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 Dvořák 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.
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
It was playful, assertive, intelligent music-making, with bone-china clarity from Piemontesi.
...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
Francesco Piemontesi was in magical form in Bartók’s Third Piano Concerto, his delicately trilling digits uncannily evoking the insect nightlife of the Great Hungarian Plain that was, for Bartók, the nearest thing to evidence of a God.