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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

Salzburg Festival


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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26th of April

Francesco performs in recital in London & the United States


Francesco begins the month in London, where he performs in recital at the Southbank Centre‘s Queen Elizabeth Hall on 2 May. He begins the evening with Johann Sebastian Bach’s Italian Concerto, which is complemented by a selection of Busoni’s famous arrangements of the composer’s works. Francesco also performs a less well-known arrangement of the Siciliano from Bach’s Flute Sonata BWV.1031 by the great German pianist Wilhelm Kempf. In the second half, Francesco performs Set 2 from Debussy’s Images and the original 1913 version of Rachmaninov’s Sonata No.2.

Francesco returns to the programme later in the month for a short recital tour of the United States. He begins his tour at New York’s Lincoln Center on 19 May and also visits Herbst Theater in San Francisco and California State University on 21 and 24 May. He rounds off his trip to the US with two performances of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the National Symphony Orchestra and Gianadrea Noseda at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center on 30 May and 1 June.

12th of April

Debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra


Francesco gives his debut concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra this month, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.19 in F major on 18, 19 and 20 April. Francesco is once again conducted by Andrew Manze, their third collaboration of 2019 following concerts with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and a tour with Manze’s NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover. Mozart’s 19th Piano Concerto is performed relatively rarely, and Francesco is the first pianist to perform it with the Boston Symphony at their home in Symphony Hall for 25 years.

Francesco then reunites with Dutch conductor Antony Hermus in Helsinki on 26 April. Together they give another performance of Unsuk Chin Piano Concerto with the Helsinki Philharmonic, which they performed with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in March. The concert will be streamed live on Helsinki Kanava and available on demand thereafter – click here for more information.

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