20th of August

Francesco launches new Schubert cycle

Francesco launches a new Schubert cycle this month with a concert at the Schubertiade Hohenems on 30 August. The cycle sees Francesco explore all of the composer’s keyboard works over several seasons.

This first concert of the cycle features the Sonata in A minor D.845, 11 Ecossaises for piano D.781 and the 4 Impromptus D.935. The concert will be broadcast on Ö1 on 4 September at 2:05 PM.

27th of July

Mozart at the Salzburg Festival

Francesco continues his summer of festival appearances this month with two performances at the Salzburg Festival on 18 and 19 August. Playing alongside the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg and Ivor Bolton, Francesco performs Mozart Piano Concerto No.25 in an all-Mozart matinée.

Francesco also gives solo recitals at several festivals in August. On 10 August, he performs Franz Schubert’s Piano Sonata in A minor and Four Impromptous at the Festival international de la Haute Clarée in Névache, France. He then gives two recitals of works by Schubert, Schumann and Maximilian Schnauss at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival on 12 and 13 August. He finally rounds off the month with a recital at the Schubertiade Hohenems on 30 August.

5th of July

Francesco returns to the BBC Proms & Mostly Mozart Festival

Francesco returns to the BBC Proms on 14 July for the second concert of the festival. He joins the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Alain Altinoglu at the Royal Albert Hall for a performance of Mozart Piano Concerto No.27 in B-flat major, K.595. Francesco previously performed at the Proms in 2015, when he joined Aurora Orchestra to play Mozart Piano Concerto No.26.

Francesco follows his Proms performance with another festival appearance, this time at the Mostly Mozart Festival at New York’s Alice Tully Hall. On 20 and 21 July he again performs Mozart Piano Concerto No.27, this time with Thomas Dausgaard and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra.

On the chamber stage, Francesco also gives several recitals at Norway’s Lofoten International Chamber Music & Piano Festival from 9 July. During the festival he performs works by composers including Mozart, Wagner, Schubert, Brahms and Dvorák and collaborates with artists including Yulianna Avdeeva and Bertrand Chamayou.

4th of July

Ravel at the Granada Festival

Francesco steps in for a concert at the Granada Festival on 6 July 2018, joining the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada and conductor Pablo Heras-Casado at the Palacio de Carlos V. Together they perform Ravel Piano Concerto in G Major.

Francesco and Heras-Casado worked together last month with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, performing Brahms’ Piano Concerto No.2. The concerts will be broadcast live on Radio Clásica, Radio Nacional de España and RAI.

20th of June

Tour of Germany with the NDR Elbphilharmonie

Francesco joins the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra for a tour of Germany this month, performing Brahms Piano Concerto No.2 under the baton of Pablo Heras-Casado.

The tour begins at the orchestra’s home in Hamburg on 14 June and also visits Neubrandenburg on 15 June and Lübeck on 16 June. They return to the Elbphilharmonie on 17 June for the tour’s closing concert.

The tour follows two concerts in South Korea with the Seoul Philharmonic, performing Cesar Franck’s Symphonic Variations and Richard Strauss’ Burleske under the baton of Asher Fisch.

27th of May

Strauss in Seoul

Francesco returns to South Korea in June for two concerts with the Seoul Philharmonic and conductor Asher Fisch on 5 and 6 June. After Fisch opens the concert with Schumann’s Genoveva Overture, Francesco joins the orchestra for two rarely played pieces for piano and orchestra: Cesar Franck’s Variations symphoniques and Richard Strauss’ Burleske. Strauss composed the piece at the age of 21 but initially neglected the work. However, it eventually became one of his favourite works.

The following week, Francesco returns to Germany for four concerts with the NDR Elbphilharmonie. Performing under the baton of Pablo Heras-Casado, Francesco performs Brahms’ Piano Concerto No.2 in Hamburg on 14 and 17 June, as well as in Neubrandenburg and Lubeck on 15 and 16 June.

1st of May

Debut with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

This month, Francesco appears in Rome for his debut with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in three concerts on 4, 5 and 6 May. He joins the orchestra and conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla to perform Mozart Piano Concerto No.27, K.595.

The concerts are a reunion for Francesco and Mirga, who performed the same concerto together with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra last season. The concert was well received by the British press, with the Times praising Francesco’s “playful, assertive, intelligent music-making” and “bone-china clarity”, while the Daily Telegraph wrote that Francesco’s performance was “well beyond the ordinary”:

“He gave a wonderfully winning performance of Mozart’s final piano concerto, faithful to the work’s dewdrop lucidity and gentle nostalgia, but irradiated with joie de vivre too, in the way he garlanded Mozart’s notes with stylish and witty flourishes of his own. The orchestra and Gražinytė-Tyla were alert to his every move.”
Daily Telegraph

23rd of April

New CD and DVD release: Annés de pèlerinage

FPI Liszt Doc capture

Francesco dedicated his new album for Orfeo classical to Franz Liszt’s piano cycle “Années de pèlerinage” – Pilgrimage Years. The CD recording is complemented by a DVD documentary in which legendary director Bruno Monsaingeon gives additional insights into Francesco’s perspective on Liszt’s masterpiece.

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5th of April

Listen to Francesco with the SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart on the BBC

Francesco toured Germany and the UK in March 2018 with the SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart and Sir Roger Norrington. The tour began in Stuttgart and continued  to Mannheim, Freiburg, Cardiff and Basingstoke before culminating at London’s Cadogan Hall.

Francesco performed Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3, and was highly praised for his interpretation in the UK press:

“Francesco Piemontesi was the immaculate soloist in a similarly brisk but beautifully detailed performance of the C-minor Concerto”
The Guardian

“Francesco Piemontesi was the crystalline soloist, suavely taking his lead from the deliciously moulded introduction… a sparkling account.”
Classical Source

The concert at Cadogan Hall was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and is available to listen to on the BBC website until 15 April.

29th of March

New recording: Liszt Années de pèlerinage released on Orfeo

Francesco’s latest recording is released on double CD and DVD by Orfeo on 13 April. The album features Liszt’s “Première année: Suisse” from Années de pèlerinage and Deux Légende: St. François de Paule marchant sur les flots, combined with a documentary by French filmmaker Bruno Monsaingeon.

The Années de pèlerinage are widely considered to be among Liszt’s great works. The title refers to Goethe’s novel Wilhelm Meister’s Journeyman Years and Liszt clearly places the work in line with the Romantic literature of his time, prefacing most pieces with a literary passage from writers such as Schiller, Byron or Senancour. In an introduction to the complete work, Liszt wrote:

“Having recently travelled to many new countries, through different settings and places consecrated by history and poetry; having felt that the phenomena of nature and their attendant sights did not pass before my eyes as pointless images but stirred deep emotions in my soul, and that between us a vague but immediate relationship had established itself, an undefined but real rapport, an inexplicable but undeniable communication, I have tried to portray in music a few of my strongest sensations and most lively impressions.”

Click here to watch a preview of Monsaingeon’s documentary below.

The album is released in the UK on 1 June 2018.

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