Francesco Piemontesi

Piano

Appears on: Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony

Francesco Piemontesi last appeared with the Oregon Symphony on November 23, 2015, when he performed Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 with conductor Stanislaw Skrowaczewski.

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 also has a close affinity with the later 19th-century and 20th-century repertoire of Brahms, Liszt, Dvořák, Ravel, Debussy, Bartók, 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 Berlin, Bavarian, Swedish, and Frankfurt radio symphonies; the Bamberg, Vienna, Danish National, London, BBC, NHK, Pittsburgh, and Dallas symphonies; the Munich, Czech, Oslo, St. Petersburg, London, Israel, Seoul, and Los Angeles philharmonics; the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Philharmonia, The Hallé, Tonhalle-Orchestra Zurich, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de France, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and The Cleveland Orchestra.

He has performed with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Nicholas Collon, Charles Dutoit, Sir Mark Elder, Iven Fischer, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Manfred Honeck, Marek Janowski, Neeme Järvi, Ton Koopman, Andrew Manze, Zubin Mehta, Sir Roger Norrington, Gianandrea Noseda, Sakari Oramo, and Yuri Temirkanov.

Piemontesi is also a natural and keen chamber musician and plays with a variety of partners: Leif Ove Andsnes, Yuri Bashmet, Renaud and Gautier Capuç on, Emmanuel Pahud, Heinrich Schiff, Christian Tetzlaff, Tabea Zimmermann, and the Emerson Quartet.

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

“[The D Major Fantasia] was a good introduction to Piemontesi’s balance between musical intelligence, judgment, and intuition, which poured into his reading of the K. 284 Sonata. . . . The detail of decoration and dynamics Piemontesi released in the penultimate section – a full-scale Adagio vocalise of great intensity – made Mozart’s supernatural eloquence soar.” – Classical Source

Piemontesi has performed at the Verbier Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, La Roque d’Anthéron, Chopin International Music Festival in Warsaw, Lucerne Festival, Schubertiade, Aix-en-Provence Easter Festival, Rheingau, Schleswig-Holstein, and New York Mostly Mozart festivals.

Francesco Piemontesi has released a number of fine recordings, including three recordings for Naïve Classique: Debussy Préludes, released in autumn 2015; Mozart Piano Works; and Schumann and Dvořák’s Piano Concerti with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jiří Bělohlávek. His recording of Mozart Piano Concertos Nos. 25 and 26 with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Andrew Manze was released on Linn Records in August 2017.

Born in Locarno, Switzerland, Francesco Piemontesi studied with Arie Vardi before working 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 and 2011 he was chosen as a BBC New Generation Artist.

Since 2012, Piemontesi has been the artistic director of the Settimane Musicali di Ascona.