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, London Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony, DSO and RSB Berlin, SWR, NDR and Frankfurt Radio Orchestras, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Danish National Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
He has performed with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Ivan Fischer, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Charles Dutoit, Manfred Honeck, Marek Janowski, Neeme Järvi, Sir Mark Elder, Ton Koopman and Sir Roger Norrington.
Piemontesi is also a natural and keen chamber musician and plays with a variety of partners – the Emerson Quartet, Jörg Widmann, Yuri Bashmet, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Angelika Kirchschlager, Stephen Kovacevich and Heinrich Schiff.
In solo recital, he has appeared in many prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York, Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein, Tokyo Suntory Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, 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 Edinburgh International Festival, La Roque d’Anthéron, New York Mostly Mozart, Chopin International Music Festival in Warsaw, Lucerne Festival, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Aix-en-Provence Easter Festival, and Rheingau and Schleswig-Holstein festivals.
Francesco Piemontesi has released a number of fine recordings for Decca, Warner and 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.