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.

9th of March

Tour of Germany & the UK with SWR Symphonieorchester Stuttgart

Francesco joins Sir Roger Norrington and the SWR Symphonieorchester Stuttgart for a tour of Germany and the UK this month, beginning with two concerts at the orchestra’s home in Stuttgart on 8 and 9 March. They then visit Mannheim and Freiburg before travelling to the UK for concerts in Cardiff, Basingstoke and London, where the tour culminates at Cadogan Hall.

During the tour, Francesco performs Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3, part of a programme that also features Beethoven’s famous ‘Eroica’ Symphony and German composer Jörg Widmann’s Con Brio.

Francesco ends March with another tour, this time with Emmanuel Krivine and the Orchestre National de France. The tour begins at the Festival de Pâques in Aix-en-Provence and also includes concerts in Paris and Dijon, with Francesco the soloist in Richard Strauss’ Burleske in D minor.

10th of February

Recital at La Seine Musicale

Francesco returns to Paris on 13 February to perform in recital at the city’s new hall, La Seine Musicale. He performs a programme of Schubert’s last piano sonatas, which he also performs at Wetzikon in his native Switzerland on 3 February.

Following the recital in Paris, Francesco brings his Schubert programme to the Societe de Musique la Chaux de Fonds for a recital on 18 February.

2nd of February

Debut with the London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Mark Elder

Francesco joins Sir Mark Elder and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre on 8 February for his debut concert with the orchestra. He performs Bartók’s Piano Concerto No.3, which he performed with the Dresden Philharmonic and Marek Janowski in December.

Francesco’s last concert under Sir Mark Elder came with the Hallé Orchestra in 2016, performing Dvorák Piano Concerto in G minor. Bachtrack wrote:

 “Piemontesi’s playing was in turn assertive and reflective and he dazzled in the dramatic first movement cadenza. The Andante sostenuto second movement was striking for its memorable opening melody, played first by horn and stings and then by the piano, and for the dramatic dialogue between piano and orchestra. The finale was dominated by dance-like themes and took us to an exhilarating conclusion”

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.

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