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.