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16th of August

New release: Mozart Piano Concertos with Andrew Manze & Scottish Chamber Orchestra


On 18 August Francesco and Andrew Manze’s recording of Mozart Piano Concertos Nos 25 & 26 will be released on Linn records. The disc was recorded with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in February 2016 following concerts in Fife, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

“[Piemontesi] has become a Mozartian to cherish. It’s hard to fault his sense of line, structure and deft approach to detail in these two concertos from Mozart’s Vienna period… Piemontesi’s polished playing is alert with exactly the kind of spontaneity essential to great Mozart performance.”
Observer

“[Piemontesi] has already amply displayed his Mozartian credential… Here again, his sympathy with the style and ethos of the Salzburger’s music simply sings from the speakers.

There is intimacy rather than inwardness to these chamber-scale performances… The militaristic opening movement of K503 can become something of a bangfest but the Swiss pianist instinctively draws back before overpowering the music, adding cheeky touches of ornamentation here and there as if it were all too easy for him.”
Gramophone

The recording will be Classic FM’s ‘Album of the Week’ from 14th August.

2nd of August

Francesco debuts with Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich at the Stresa Festival


Francesco follows his first performance at the Verbier Festival with another debut this month, this time with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich on 27 August. Francesco joins the orchestra at the Stresa Festival to perform Brahms Piano Concerto No.1 under the baton of Lionel Bringuier. Francesco performs the concerto again with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra over the course of the coming season.

Earliner in August Francesco also appears at the Rosendal Chamber Music Festival, which this year focuses on Mozart. On 10 August Francesco performs in the Festival’s opening concert with Leif Ove Andsnes, Christian Tetzlaff, Tabea Zimmermann and Tanja Tetzlaff. He also performs Messiaen Quatour pour la fin du temps on 11 August and two Mozart concerts on 12 August.

21st of July

Francesco debuts at the Verbier Festival


Francesco makes his debut at the Verbier Festival on 26 July with a solo recital at the Église de Verbier. Francesco’s programme for the recital features works by Mozart and Liszt, as well as Debussy’s Préludes. His 2015 Naïve recording of the Préludes was highly acclaimed:

“[Piemontesi] has the deftness of touch to create the necessary colours for Feux d’artifices or the half-shadings of Brouillards. In a crowded field with many classic performances, Piemontesi brings a new perspective.”
Five stars, BBC Music Magazine, June 2016

“Francesco Piemontesi is a seriously classy presence on the international scene.”
Primephonic, May 2016

“[Piemontesi] is as robust as his mentor in capturing the jazzy rhythms of Minstrels, the cakewalky swagger of General Lavine and the homages to Stravinsky in Brouillards and Les Tierces alternées, but his delicacy is spellbinding… his Cathédrale engloutie rises from the sea with majestic grandeur and mystery.”
Sunday Times, November 2015

23rd of June

Francesco makes debut at the Tonhalle Düsseldorf


Francesco makes his debut at the Tonhalle Düsseldorf with Alexandre Bloch and the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker on 7 July, playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major. Francesco’s interpretations of Mozart have previously received excellent reviews:

“I can’t remember when I last heard Mozart with such a deft touch, such a sense of legato, such subtle phrasing. In Piemontesi’s performance, there is some Brendel (other people have said it too), but equally some Gould in this clarity, this exactness, which avoids all mannerisms whilst never neglecting the role of sensuality in the work.”
Bachtrack, May 2016

Described by Classical Source as “a great Mozartian”, Francesco joined the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for Mozart concerto performances earlier in the 2016/17 season, and also recorded a number of the composer’s works for Decca Classics and Deutsche Grammophon in partnership with the International Stiftung Mozarteum, Salzburg. Later this summer, his recording of the composer’s Piano Concertos 25 and 26, made with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, is released on Linn Records.

2nd of May

Francesco continues Mozart Odyssey at Wigmore Hall


Francesco returns to London’s Wigmore Hall on 4 May for the fourth instalment of his Mozart Odyssey, which explores the composer’s works for solo piano. Francesco performs a programme of Mozart’s 9 Variations on a Minuet by Duportand Piano Sonatas No.17, No.7, No.10 and No.8.

Francesco’s earlier recitals at Wigmore Hall have been highly praised:

“An immaculate weighting of tone and fastidious articulation in every sense… The rapturous precision of his playing was at a pitch of intensity in the F minor Siciliano centrepiece of the Sonata in F, K280, but all the slow movements of the sequence stood out.”
Sunday Times

“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.”
Classical Source

Elsewhere this month, Francesco performs in recital at the Dresdner Festspiele and Konzerthaus Berlin on 20 and 25 May respectively, performing a programme of Mozart, Liszt, Maximilian Schnaus and Schubert.

13th of April

Francesco performs at the Konzerthaus Berlin’s Hommage to Alfred Brendel


18118577_428112264216998_635425153979720301_n Francesco joins the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and Jan Willem de Vriend on 28 April to perform in the orchestra’s Hommage to Alfred Brendel. The ten-day tribute features former pupils and musical partners. Francesco studied with Alfred Brendel and has said that he had taught him “to love the detail of things”. Francesco pays tribute to Brendel with a performance of Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4, which he performed for his critically-acclaimed debut with the LA Philharmonic in 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.”
LA Times

Earlier in the month, Francesco performs Dvořák Piano Concerto with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia on 20 and 21 April.

28th of March

Debut with the Orchestre de Paris


Francesco joins the Orchestre de Paris and conductor Jérémie Rhorer at the Philharmonie de Paris on 5 April for his debut concert with the orchestra. Francesco performs Schumann Piano Concerto, which he and Rhorer performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London in 2015. He also recorded the concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra for Naïve Records in 2013.

Later in the month, Francesco performs Dvořák Piano Concerto with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia in Vigo and Coruña on 20 and 21 April, after which he performs Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1 at the Konzerthaus Berlin in a hommage to his former teacher, Alfred Brendel.

10th of March

Debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony


Francesco travels to the Unites States this month to make his debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony at Heinz Hall on 10 March 2017. He joins the orchestra to perform Dvořák Piano Concerto under the baton of conductor Juraj Valčuha, giving a second performance on 12 March. Francesco recorded the rarely performed piece alongside Schumann Piano Concerto for Naïve Classique in 2013. The recording was highly praised, with Gramophone arguing that his rendition “makes you wonder if it isn’t time the Dvořák gained a place in the regular concerto repertoire.”

Elsewhere this month, Francesco performs Beethoven Piano Concerto No.2 with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana at the LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura on 23 March. He then travels to Sacile in Italy for a recital of Mozart at Fazioli Concert Hall on 24 March.

In February, the Verbier Festival announced its line up for the 2017 festival, which runs from 21 July to 6 August. Francesco appears at the festival on 26 July, giving a solo recital of Mozart, Liszt, Debussy and Schubert at the Église de Verbier.

31st of January

Return to the NDR Radiophilharmonie


Francesco returns to Hannover this month for three performances of Brahms Piano Concerto No.1 with the NDR Radiophilharmonie on 16, 17 and 18 February. The concerts are conducted by the orchestra’s Principal Conductor, Andrew Manze, under whom Francesco made an acclaimed debut with the LA Philharmonic in 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.”
LA Times

Elsewhere this month, Francesco joins the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and conductor Daniel Blendulf to perform Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1 at the Zurich Tonhalle on 7 February.

22nd of December

Beethoven with the Czech Philharmonic


Francesco travels to Prague this month to give three performances with the Czech Philharmonic and Manfred Honeck on 25, 26 and 27 January 2017. Francesco joins the orchestra at the Rudolfinum in Prague to perform Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3.

Widely renowned for his interpretation of early Romantic repertoire, Francesco has often performed Beethoven, including for his acclaimed recent debut with the LA Philharmonic at Hollywood Bowl:

“…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.”
LA Times

Prior to the orchestral concert, Francesco performs a recital at the Rudolfinum on 23 January, performing works by Mozart, Liszt, Maximilian Schnaus and Schubert.

Elsewhere in January, Francesco also performs Mozart Piano Concerto No.27 with both the Utah Symphony on 13 and 14 January and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra on 29 January and 2 February.

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