5th of September

Season 21 / 22: slowly returning to normal

After a very challenging period for many artists, Francesco is delighted that the concert schedule is slowly returning to normal for the 2021 / 2022 season.

Highlights of the season in Europe include performances with Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Budapest Festival Orchestra, RAI Torino, Wiener Symphoniker, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, London Philharmonic, DSO Berlin, Radio Orchestras in Cologne and Frankfurt. Francesco works with conductors such as Manfred Honeck, Paavo Järvi, Daniele Gatti, Joana Mallwitz and performs piano concertos and concert pieces by Schumann, Mozart, Strauss, Brahms and Franck.

He also continues his Franz Schubert cycle in Wigmore Hall and Schubertiade Schwarzenberg and plays recitals and camber music in Berliner Philharmonie, Wiener Konzerthaus, Klavierfestival Ruhr, Theatre de Champs Elysées and Operá de Monte Carlo

After the travel restrictions due to the pandemic, Francesco is also happy to be able to perform in America and Asia again with Seattle Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo.

His new recording with piano concertos by Ravel, Messiaen and Schönberg will be released by Pentatone in May 2022.

Check out Francesco’s complete concert schedule HERE, or follow his tour on FACEBOOK or TWITTER.

7th of May

“A life’s dream, realized” Francesco to make his Berlin Philharmonic debut

Looking ahead to the 2020/21 season while the current calendar is on pause, Francesco is delighted to announce a string of exciting engagements.

Beginning in September, Francesco will make his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic, performing Mozart’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 27 in B flat major, K. 595. The orchestra will be lead by Lahav Shani, also making his Berlin Philharmonic debut.

Francesco will also make history with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, named as their first ever Artist in Residence. Francesco will feature in four programmes, a masterclass and a chamber performance across the 2020/21 season, as well as a new recording. Watch the announcement video here which includes an interview and performance clips.

In December 2020 Francesco returns to the Elbphilharmonie to play with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and Herbert Blomstedt, and in March 2021 he will perform two concerts with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.


12th of November

Swiss Tour

Francesco embarks on a tour of Switzerland this month, starting in Bern on 5 November, Zurich on 8 November, Lugano on 10 November and finishing in Luzern on 13 and 14 November.

The first three dates feature Francesco performing Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11 with Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano.

He finishes his tour in Luzern, performing Liszt Piano Concerto No.2 in A major, S.125 with Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Juanjo Mena.

12th of November

Francesco performs in recital at Wigmore Hall

Earlier this month Francesco performed at Wigmore Hall, London, as part of his Schubert series in the 2019/20 season.

The programme featured Schubert 4 Impromptus, D.899, Op.90 and Schubert Piano Sonata in D major, D.850, Op.53 ‘Gasteiner’. Classical Source described his performance as follows:

“Piemontesi’s unfussy, rarely flamboyant style is a good fit, opening the floodgates to a range of expression and intensity that instantly reels you in”
Classical Source November 2019

Ahead of his performance, Francesco sat down with music critic Michael White at Wigmore Hall to discuss his programme choices and the parallels he feels between Schubert’s life and final three piano sonatas. Click here to listen.

You can now watch his performance from Wigmore Hall.

14th of August

Schubert Last Piano Sonatas – Debut Pentatone release

On 20 September, Francesco released ‘Schubert Last Piano Sonatas’ on Pentatone, his debut on the label. Click here to purchase, stream and download the album.

After years of engagement with these extraordinary works, the long musical journey that connects Francesco to Schubert’s music is reflected in these recordings. The works themselves are arguably among the most existential music ever written for the piano, juxtaposing beauty with sadness and celebrating life, whilst simultaneously anticipating the composer’s untimely death.

“Full of caution, but without fear, he tackles the works. Piemontesi ponders, but in the Andante of the B flat major, despite the hopelessness, knows how to give space and ease to the incoming light.” NZZ am Sonntag, September 2019

“Piemontesi has the ability to shape the various musical characters with incredible plasticity, with a transformative power which resembles that of an actor. But as spontaneous and lively as his interpretations sound in detail, they appear at the same time well thought-out and wisely balanced in their proportions.” Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, September 2019

Schubert Last Piano Sonatas

5th of August

Francesco performs at the Salzburg Festival on 10 and 11 August, joining Andrew Manze and the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg for their all-Mozart programme, playing Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in B flat, K.595. Francesco has performed with Andrew Manze a number of times this season, including his debut at the Boston Symphony Orchestra in April where the Boston Globe described his performance as “absolutely effortless.”

Later in the month Francesco performs a Schubert recital programme at The Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen, the Gstaad Menuhin Festival in Gstaad and at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, which will be recorded for broadcast on ORF on 3 September.

5th of July

Francesco opens the Festival de Lanaudière

Francesco begins July with two performances at the Festival de Lanaudière, Canada’s largest music festival. On 5 July, he joins Alain Altinoglu and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal to open the festival with a performance of Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No.1. He follows it with a solo recital on 9 July, performing his critically acclaimed programme of Bach and Schubert.

Francesco then returns to Italy on 15 July to perform his recital programme at the Gustav Mahler Musikwoche in Toblach. A commune near the Austrian border, Toblach was where Gustav Mahler spent his summers and has hosted the Gustav Mahler Musikwoche since 1981.

13th of June

Francesco performs in recital at the Nohant Chopin Festival

Francesco returns to France this month to perform in recital at the Nohant Chopin Festival on 16 June. Nohant was the home of the writer (and Chopin’s lover) George Sands, and Chopin and Sands spent summers there between 1839 and 1846. Chopin composed many works at Sands’ house, including his Polonaise in A-flat major. The Nohant Chopin Festival was founded by the pianist Aldo Ciccolini in 1966 and this year focusing on the theme of exile. For his recital, Francesco performs a programme of Debussy’s Images, arrangements of Bach by Busoni and Kempf and Rachmaninov’s Piano Sonata No.2.

The recital follows Francesco’s return to Berlin’s Konzerthaus, where he gives three performances of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.2 with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and conductor Eliahu Inbal on 7, 8 and 9 June.

16th of May

Francesco performs in recital at Lincoln Center

Francesco begins two weeks of concerts in the United States on 19 May when he performs in recital at Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series. His wide-ranging programme begins with Bach’s Italian Concerto and also features Book II of Debussy’s Images and Rachmaninov Piano Sonata No.2. He gives a further two recitals the following week, this time in California. On 21 May he performs at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco, and on 24 May he appears at California State University in Fresno. In California he performs an expanded version of his programme from New York, adding Busoni’s famous arrangements of Bach’s organ works as well as an arrangement of his Flute Sonata in E-flat major by Kempff.

Following his recitals in California, Francesco returns to the East Coast to join Gianadrea Noseda and the National Symphony Orchestra Washington for two performances of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini at Kennedy Center.

15th of May

Francesco’s recording of Années de pèlerinage: Deuxième Année out now

Francesco’s new recording of the second part of Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage, ‘Deuxième Année: Italy’ is out now on Orfeo International. The title Années de Pèlerinage refers to Goethe’s famous Romantic novels Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship and Wilhelm Meister’s Journeyman Years. Liszt prefaced many of his pieces with passages from Schiller, Byron or Senancour, firmly placing his work in the context of Romantic literature of the time. ‘Deuxième Année: Italy’ was initially composed between 1837 and 1849 and published in 1858 by Schott. The set also includes the collection ‘Venice and Naples’, three pieces composed in 1859 and published in 1861.

The album is accompanied by a DVD documentary from Roberta Pedrini, Travelling with Francesco Piemontesi, which follows Francesco as he explores some of the places and works that inspired Liszt’s masterpiece. Click here to watch the trailer.




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