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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

New CD and DVD release: Annés de pèlerinage

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.

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: […]

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 […]