7th of May

“A life’s dream, realized” Francesco to make his Berlin Philharmonic debut

Looking ahead to the 2020/21 season while the current calendar is on pause, Francesco is delighted to announce a string of exciting engagements.

Beginning in September, Francesco will make his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic, performing Mozart’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 27 in B flat major, K. 595. The orchestra will be lead by Lahav Shani, also making his Berlin Philharmonic debut.

In October, Francesco heads stateside to make his New York Philharmonic debut. Performing three consecutive concerts from 15 October, Francesco will play Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, led by Gianandrea Noseda.

Francesco will also make history with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, named as their first ever Artist in Residence. Francesco will feature in four programmes, a masterclass and a chamber performance across the 2020/21 season, as well as a new recording. Watch the announcement video here which includes an interview and performance clips.

In December 2020 Francesco returns to the Elbphilharmonie to play with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and Herbert Blomstedt, and in March 2021 he will perform two concerts with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.


3rd of April

Watch Francesco perform live on Takt1 from Schinkel Pavillon

Francesco will be performing a series of live streamed concerts over the coming weeks on digital platform Takt1.

Takt1 brings French chamber music to the living room from the Schinkel Pavillon in Berlin where Francesco will perform.

The livestream is a co-production with Naxos Audiovisuell, PARS Media and Schinkel Pavillon.

The first performance was on Friday 3 April at 20:30pm CEST. Francesco performed Debussy images and Franck Sonata for violin and piano with violinist Christian Tetzlaff.

Watch the performance now on YouTube.

Francesco’s final performance in the series is on Friday 17 April at 20:30 CET with Tabea Zimmermann. Watch online on Schinkel Pavillon’s website or on YouTube.


13th of March

Information regarding cancelled performances

Due to restrictions brought into place because of COVID-19, the following engagements have been cancelled: 

 March 15 2020, Das Frankfurter Opern – und Museumsorchester | Alte Oper Frankfurt

March 16 2020, Das Frankfurter Opern – und Museumsorchester | Alte Oper Frankfurt

March 17 2020, Das Frankfurter Opern – und Museumsorchester | Heinrich-Lades-Halle

March 23 2020, Leverkusen | Erholungshaus Leverkusen

March 24 2020, Wuppertal | Historische Stadthalle Wuppertal

April 21 2020, Milan | Società del Quartetto di Milano

April 25 2020, Oxford | St John the Evangelist 

May 1 2020, Hohenems | Markus-Sittikus-Saal

May 14 2020, Paris | Théâtre des Champs Elysées

May 17 2020, Zurich | Zurich Opera House

May 27 2020, London | Wigmore Hall

20th of February

Francesco makes debut with Utah Symphony

Francesco makes his debut with the Utah Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Thierry Fischer at Abravanel Hall, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Performing over 2 consecutive nights on 21 & 22 of February, Francesco will perform R. Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54, in a programme that also includes works by Messiaen and Beethoven.

To find out more about these upcoming performances, click here.


5th of February

Francesco performs Brahms with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Towards the end of last month, Francesco performed Brahms Piano Concerto No.2 at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Under the baton of Kazuki Yamada, the conductor had paired the piece alongside Schumann Symphony No.2.

Francesco now looks ahead to 3 consecutive dates with the Minnesota Orchestra at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, United States, on 13, 14, and 15 February. He will be performing Ravel Piano Concerto in G major, M.83 under conductor Karina Canellakis.

To find out more about this upcoming performance, click here.

20th of December

Francesco performs Brahms with Czech Philharmonic

Earlier this month Francesco performed at Rudolfinum, Prague, in three concerts with the Czech Philharmonic conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado.

The programme featured Brahms Piano Concerto No.2 in B-flat major, Op.83.

Francesco’s next performance will be at Opéra de Reims, France, on 8 January 2020 where he will perform Schubert Piano Sonata in D Major, Op.53 and Liszt Saint Francis of Assisi preaching to birds / Sonata in B minor.

FPI New pic

12th of November

Swiss Tour

Francesco embarks on a tour of Switzerland this month, starting in Bern on 5 November, Zurich on 8 November, Lugano on 10 November and finishing in Luzern on 13 and 14 November.

The first three dates feature Francesco performing Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11 with Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano.

He finishes his tour in Luzern, performing Liszt Piano Concerto No.2 in A major, S.125 with Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Juanjo Mena.

12th of November

Francesco performs in recital at Wigmore Hall

Earlier this month Francesco performed at Wigmore Hall, London, as part of his Schubert series in the 2019/20 season.

The programme featured Schubert 4 Impromptus, D.899, Op.90 and Schubert Piano Sonata in D major, D.850, Op.53 ‘Gasteiner’. Classical Source described his performance as follows:

“Piemontesi’s unfussy, rarely flamboyant style is a good fit, opening the floodgates to a range of expression and intensity that instantly reels you in”
Classical Source November 2019

Ahead of his performance, Francesco sat down with music critic Michael White at Wigmore Hall to discuss his programme choices and the parallels he feels between Schubert’s life and final three piano sonatas. Click here to listen.

You can now watch his performance from Wigmore Hall.

14th of August

Schubert Last Piano Sonatas – Debut Pentatone release

On 20 September, Francesco released ‘Schubert Last Piano Sonatas’ on Pentatone, his debut on the label. Click here to purchase, stream and download the album.

After years of engagement with these extraordinary works, the long musical journey that connects Francesco to Schubert’s music is reflected in these recordings. The works themselves are arguably among the most existential music ever written for the piano, juxtaposing beauty with sadness and celebrating life, whilst simultaneously anticipating the composer’s untimely death.

“Full of caution, but without fear, he tackles the works. Piemontesi ponders, but in the Andante of the B flat major, despite the hopelessness, knows how to give space and ease to the incoming light.” NZZ am Sonntag, September 2019

“Piemontesi has the ability to shape the various musical characters with incredible plasticity, with a transformative power which resembles that of an actor. But as spontaneous and lively as his interpretations sound in detail, they appear at the same time well thought-out and wisely balanced in their proportions.” Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, September 2019

Schubert Last Piano Sonatas

5th of August

Salzburg Festival

Francesco performs at the Salzburg Festival on 10 and 11 August, joining Andrew Manze and the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg for their all-Mozart programme, playing Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in B flat, K.595. Francesco has performed with Andrew Manze a number of times this season, including his debut at the Boston Symphony Orchestra in April where the Boston Globe described his performance as “absolutely effortless.”

Later in the month Francesco performs a Schubert recital programme at The Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen, the Gstaad Menuhin Festival in Gstaad and at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, which will be recorded for broadcast on ORF on 3 September.

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