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17th of October

Beethoven with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich


Following his debut with the orchestra at the Stresa Festival earlier this summer, Francesco rejoins the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich for three performances this month. He joins the orchestra and conductor Charles Dutoit to perform Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3 at Zurich’s Maag Halle on 18, 19 and 20 October.

Elsewhere this month, Francesco returns to London’s Wigmore Hall to continue his Mozart Odyssey. In this latest installment of his critically acclaimed series, Piemontesi performs Mozart’s Rondo in D major, 9 Variations on a Minuet by Duport and Piano Sonatas 13, 16 and 18. The Sunday Times praised Francesco’s “immaculate weighting of tone” and “rapturous precision” in an earlier concert in the series.

Francesco then completes a busy month with two recitals at the Hotel Pilatus-Kulm in Lucerne on 28 and 29 October, performing sonatas by Schubert.

20th of September

Debut with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra


Francesco makes his debut with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra on 20 September, performing at the Helsinki Music Centre. Francesco performs under the baton of Andrew Manze, with whom he recently recorded Mozart Piano Concertos No.25 and No.26 with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for their latest recording on Linn Records:

“These are lively, stylish performances, alert to every fleeting change of mood. Piemontesi plays with the vivacity of a young man and decorates the solo parts sparingly, but his captivating soft playing is equally in touch with the music’s inner soul.”
Financial Times

“Piemontesi’s polished playing is alert with exactly the kind of spontaneity essential to great Mozart performance. Lithe and without fuss, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra makes clear from the opening bars that this is historically informed Mozart with an updated feel. Andrew Manze, one of the most versatile musicians around, is the perceptive conductor.”
Observer

Elsewhere this month, Francesco performs Brahms Piano Concerto No.1 with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and Philippe Herreweghe in Bruges and Antwerp on 22 and 24 September. He also returns to the Settimane Musicale di Ascona, of which he is the Artistic Director, for a recital with Louis Lortie on 25 September.

1st of September

Settimane Musicali di Ascona begins on 4 September


Francesco’s Settimane Musicali di Ascona returns this month, and Francesco gives two performances on 15 and 25 September 2017. For the first performance, he joins the St Petersburg Philharmonic and Yuri Temirkanov to play Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1. On 25 September he performs in recital with Louis Lortie with a programme of Liszt Années de pèlerinage: Première année: Suisse and Deuxième année: Italie. Other highlights of the festival include performances from MusicAeterna with Teodor Currentzis, the Orchestre National de France and Emmanuel Krivine, the Aurora Orchestra and Nicholas Collon, and recitals from artists including Isabelle Faust and Nelson Freire. The Settimane Musicali di Ascona runs from 4 September to 17 October.

Elsewhere this September, Francesco performs Mozart Piano Concerto No.27 with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Jonathan Nott in Annecy on 2 September.

On 22 and 24 September he joins Philippe Herreweghe and the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra for concerts in Brugge and Antwerp, playing Brahms Piano Concerto No.1.

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.

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