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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.

13th of December

Mozart Odyssey continues at Wigmore Hall


Francesco returns to Wigmore Hall on 15 December to continue his Mozart Odyssey, performing the third recital of the series which features Mozart Piano Sonatas Nos.5, 12, 4 and 15. The Sunday Times wrote of the second concert in the series in July 2016:

“By dint of an immaculate weighting of tone and fastidious articulation in every sense, he not only made these works sound plausible on a big Steinway, but uncommonly plausible altogether (they are easily patronised), and made me feel I didn’t want to hear them in any other way. 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.”

The Mozart Odyssey returns next season.

25th of November

Return to the Philharmonia Orchestra


Francesco returns to the Philharmonia Orchestra at the end of November, giving two concerts with the orchestra at De Montfort Hall, Leicester, and London’s Royal Festival Hall on 30 November and 1 December. Francesco performs Ravel Piano Concerto under the baton of Nicholas Collon, with whom he gave a critically acclaimed performance at the BBC Proms in 2015:

“The highlight [was] Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.26… [The] combination of the sweetly childlike and the intellectually questing reached its height in a first-movement cadenza… that saw Collon partnering Piemontesi on tinkling celeste. This was pure Magic Flute, and echoes of Mozart’s operatic swansong cast an autumnal glow over the rest of a magical performance.”
Times, August 2015

Francesco then travels to France to give a recital at the Auditorium de Louvre on 8 December, before returning to London to continue his Mozart Odyssey at Wigmore Hall on 15 December.

16th of November

Debut with the Wiener Symphoniker


Francesco makes his debut with the Wiener Symphoniker this month in two concerts at the Kozerthaus in Vienna on 25 and 26 November 2016. Piemontesi joins the orchestra to perform Mozart Piano Concerto No.24 under conductor Giovanni Antonini.

Piemontesi is a renowned interpreter of Mozart and early romantic repertoire, and in April 2016 the Sunday Times named him ‘One to Watch’, commenting:

“Piemontesi is one of those pianists who bring something original to everything they play. To witness his give-and-take with an orchestra in a Mozart concerto is a joy.”

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