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.

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.

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