Francesco’s performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.2 with the Hallé Orchestra was praised by the local press in Manchester this November. This was Francesco’s second collaboration with the orchestra after his captivating debut last season, returning to interpret some of Beethoven’s earlier work.

He’s superbly equipped technically, but, more importantly, has wit and imagination that he can bring to bear in the most familiar classical works. It’s a matter of doing the little things well – like making real contrasts in his playing to match those written into the orchestral music, and catching an atmosphere of mystery, as he did in his first movement cadenza.

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