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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.

8th of March

Francesco tours Germany with the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hanover


Francesco reunites with Andrew Manze in March, this time for a series of concerts in Germany with the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hanover, of which Manze is the Chief Conductor. Francesco joins the orchestra as the soloist for Brahms’ Piano Concerto No.2, which performs throughout the tour.

The tour begins at the Kurhaus Bad Harzburg on 15 March before visiting the Northeim Stadthalle on 17 March, Theater Wolfsburg on 22 March and finally the Muziekgebouw Frits Philips in Eindhoven on 25 March. They also give three performances at the orchestra’s home in Hanover on 21 and 24 March.

Francesco then heads to Moscow to perform Beethoven’s third Piano Concerto at the Rostropovich Festival with Sir Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

22nd of February

Mozart with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra


Francesco returns to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for three concerts conducted by Andrew Manze this month, starting with a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.27 at St Andrews’ Younger Hall on 27 February. He then performs the composer’s Piano Concerto No.19 at the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh on 28 February and at Glasgow City Halls the following day.

Francesco and Manze  first came together with the SCO in 2011 and reunited two years ago for Mozart concerts that led to a critically acclaimed recording for Linn Records. They reunite again later in March for concerts with the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover on 17,  21 and 24 March, with Francesco performing Brahms’ Piano Concerto No.2. They also perform together in April, performing Mozart Piano Concerto No.19 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

11th of February

Listen to Francesco’s performance with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra


Francesco joined the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra on 8 February as the soloist in Unsuk Chin’s Piano Concerto. Also on the programme were Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture and Brahms Symphony No.2.

Click here to listen to the performance on Swedish Radio’s website.

1st of February

Unsuk Chin with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra


Francesco returns to the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra on 8 February, his first visit to the orchestra this season. Performing under the baton of Dutch conductor Antony Hermus, Francesco is the soloist in Unsuk Chin’s Piano Concerto. The concerto was Chin’s second major work for piano (following her three etudes), and it bears the influence of every epoch of the piano tradition from Scarlatti to the present. Francesco next performs the concerto in April with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the Helsinki Philharmonic.

The following week Francesco returns to Switzerland for a concert with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana on 14 February. Francesco features throughout the concert as he performs three of Beethoven’s concertos – No.1, No.2 and No.4. He returns to the orchestra in April to complete the set, performing No.3 and No.5 alongside the composer’s Quintet in E flat major.

9th of January

Debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra


Francesco begins the new year by making his debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in two concerts on 10 and 11 January. The concerts are conducted by Andrew Manze, and together they perform Brahms Piano Concerto No.2. The programme is completed with Mozart Symphony No.41 “Jupiter”. Francesco and Andrew Manze have collaborated regularly over the years, including a critically acclaimed recording in 2017 of Mozart Concerto No.25 & No.26 with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

The following week, Francesco returns to Germany to give two further performances of the Brahms Concerto No.2 with the MDR Leipzig and Aziz Shokhakimov on 19 and 20 January. He also returns to the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra on 24 January to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.19 and finally the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchestra Berlin on 27 January, with whom he performs Richard Strauss’ Burlesque and Mozart’s Concert-Rondo in A major.

2nd of November

Beethoven in London with the Philharmonia Orchestra


Francesco returns to London on 4 November to perform with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall. Part of the Piano Masterworks season, the concert sees Francesco perform Beethoven’s famous Piano Concerto No.5, nicknamed ‘Emperor’. The concert is conducted by Lahav Shani, Chief Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic.

The following week, Francesco travels to Manchester for a series of concerts with the Hallé Orchestra and their Music Director, Sir Mark Elder. On 7 and 8 November he performs Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No.1 at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, and then on 9 November he and the orchestra travel to Sheffield where they perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.5.

Francesco rounds off the month in Italy for a series of concerts with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, performing Brahms’ Piano Concerto  No.2 on 29 and 30 November.

25th of September

Debut with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra


Francesco begins October in Scotland, where he gives his debut concerts with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conducted by the orchestra’s Music Director Thomas Søndergård, Francesco performs Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto in  Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow on 3, 5 and 6 October.

The following week, Francesco returns to Paris to perform the Ravel Piano Concerto with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and conductor Ingo Metzmacher. The concert takes place at Paris’ Maison de la Radio and will be broadcast live on France Musique and Arté Concert.

Francesco ends the month back in Switzerland for a performance of Mozart and Strauss with the Philharmonia Zurich on 28 October.

24th of September

Francesco’s Mozart Piano Concerto No.26 is France Musique favourite


Bertrand Boissard, Elsa Fottorino and Philippe Venturini of France Musique gathered in August to choose their favourite recording of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.26. Their choice was Francesco’s 2016 recording for Linn Records, made with Andrew Manze and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, commending its “perfect taste” and “virtuoso exchanges”.

Francesco’s recording was competing against versions by some of classical music’s greatest names, including Maria João Pires and his mentor Alfred Brendel. Click here to see the full list.

31st of August

73rd Settimane Musicali d’Ascona


Francesco resumes his role as Artistic Director of the Settimane Musicali d’Ascona in September as the festival marks its 73rd year with two weeks of concerts celebrating Johann Sebastian Bach. He performs in recital on 14 September, playing a programme of Bach works as well as Schubert’s Four Impromptous. He also joins the Basel Chamber Orchestra for a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.27 on 24 September. There is also the premiere of Bruno Monsaingeon’s film about Francesco’s recording Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage on 13 September.

The festival opens on 6 September with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich performing in Locarno. Krzysztof Urbański conducts a programme of Bach’s Ricercare, Schumann’s Violin Concerto with soloist Daniel Müller-Schott and Brahms’ Second Symphony. Other performers at the festival include Jéremie Rhorer, Renaud Capucon, Ton Koopman, Mahan Esfahani and Arcodi Volados, while visiting orchestras and ensembles include the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Kammerorchester Basel and Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

Click here to view the full festival programme.

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