Francesco Piemontesi


A musician of rare intelligence.
— The Sunday Times
Francesco Piemontesi combines stunning technique with an intellectual capacity that few can match.
— The Spectator
Piemontesi’s playing is always a delight.
— The Guardian
Intelligence, refinement, elegance of tone as well as complete clarity of polyphony are all characteristic of this musician.
— Le Monde
Clarity of thought is complemented by clarity of touch, incisive intellect by a good dose of fantasy.
— BBC Music Magazine

Francesco Piemontesi is a pianist of exceptional refinement of expression, which is allied to a consummate technical skill. Widely renowned for his interpretation of Mozart and the early Romantic repertoire, Piemontesi’s pianism and sensibility has also a close affinity with the later 19th century and 20th century repertoire, of Brahms, Liszt, Dvořák, Ravel, Debussy, Bartók, Messiaen, Stockhausen and beyond. Of one of his great teachers and mentors, Alfred Brendel, Piemontesi says that [Brendel] taught him “to love the detail of things”.

Francesco Piemontesi appears with major ensembles worldwide: the Cleveland Orchestra, DSO and Berlin Radio Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, Israel Philharmonic and the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale. He has performed with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, David Afkham, Nicholas Collon, Charles Dutoit, Manfred Honeck, Marek Janowski, Andrew Manze, Zubin Mehta, Sir Roger Norrington, Sakari Oramo, Vasily Petrenko and Robin Ticciati.

Orchestral engagements in 2015/16 include his debut with Leipzig Gewandhaus and Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Danish National Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony. He will return to the Philharmonia, BBC Symphony and the Hallé, and to the DSO Berlin.

Piemontesi is also a natural and keen chamber musician and plays with a variety of partners – the Emerson Quartet, Antoine Tamestit and Jörg Widmann in trio, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Clemens Hagen, Angelika Kirchschlager, Daniel Müller-Schott and during his formative years, Heinrich Schiff.

In solo recital, he has appeared in many prestigious venues including London Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Rotterdam De Doelen, Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York, Berlin Philharmonie, Zürich Tonhalle, Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein. In January 2016, Piemontesi begins a complete ‘Mozart cycle’ at the Wigmore Hall, performing the sonatas in a series of recitals over the course of three seasons.

Festival invitations have come from the Edinburgh International Festival, La Roque d'Anthéron, New York Mostly Mozart, Chopin International Music Festival in Warsaw, Lucerne Festival, Schubertiade, Aix-en-Provence Easter Festival, and Rheingau and Schleswig-Holstein festivals.

Francesco Piemontesi has released a number of fine recordings, including three recordings for Naïve Classique: the Debussy Préludes, released in autumn 2015, Mozart Piano Works, and Schumann and Dvořák‘s Piano Concerti with BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jiří Bělohlávek.

Born in Locarno, Francesco Piemontesi studied with Arie Vardi before collaborating with Alfred Brendel, Murray Perahia, Cécile Ousset and Alexis Weissenberg.
He rose to international prominence with prizes at several major competitions, including the 2007 Queen Elisabeth Competition, and between 2009-11 he was chosen as a BBC New Generation Artist.

In 2012, Piemontesi was announced as Artistic Director of the Settimane Musicali di Ascona.

(October 2015. Please discard previously dated materials and contact before making any alterations or cuts.)