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13th of December

Bartók with the Dresden Philharmonic


Francesco begins 2018 in Dresden, joining Marek Janowski and the Dresden Philharmonic for two concerts on 13 and 14 January. Francesco performs Bartók’s Piano Concerto No.3, which is followed on the programme by Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony. Francesco recently performed with Janowski in November, when he joined him and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra to perform Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.2.

Other highlights for Francesco in the new year include another performance of the Bartók concerto in London with Sir Mark Elder and the London Symphony Orchestra in February, concerts in Portland with the Oregon Symphony and a European tour with Sir Roger Norrington and the SWR Symphony Orchestra, visiting Mannheim and Freiburg in Germany as well as Cardiff, Basingstoke and London. A second tour follows in April, when Francesco joins Emmanuel Krivine and his Orchestre National de France for concerts in Paris, Dijon and the Aix-en-Provence Easter Festival.

29th of November

Solo recital at the Berliner Philharmonie


Francesco returns to Berlin this month for a recital at the city’s Philharmonie on 8 December. His programme for the recital focuses on Liszt and includes excerpts from his Années de pèlerinage and his Deux légendes No.1 St. François dʼAssise: la Prédication aux oiseaux. Also on the programme are Busoni Toccata, Helmut Lachenmann 5 Variations on a theme by Franz Schubert and Schubert Piano Sonata in B flat major, D.960. Francesco performs the same programme at the Frankfurter Hof in Mainz on 1 December.

The recitals are Francesco’s final performances of a highly successful 2017 that has featured his debuts with orchestras including the Orchestre de Paris, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony as well as return performances across Europe and the United States. He also released a critically acclaimed album of Mozart Piano Concertos with Andrew Manze and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He returns to the stage on 13 January with Marek Janowski and the Dresden Philharmonic, performing Bartók’s Piano Concerto No.3.

6th of November

Liszt in Frankfurt & Munich


Francesco performs Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.2 in Frankfurt and Munich this month. On 16 and 17 November, he joins Marek Janowski and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra for two concerts at Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, and then the following week he performs the concerto with Cristian Măcelaru and the Orchestra of the Bayerische Staatsoper on 20 and 21 November. Francesco also performs in the Netherlands this month, returning to Rotterdam for two concerts at De Doelen with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and their Chief Conductor Designate, Lahav Shani. Francesco joins the orchestra to perform Ravel’s Piano Concerto.

On the recital stage, Francesco returns to Copenhagen for a duo recital at the Mogens Dahl Concert Hall with cellist Daniel Müller-Schott on 6 November. Together they perform three sonatas by Brahms: his Cello Sonatas 1 and 2 and his Violin Sonata in D.

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.

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