Francesco Piemontesi

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”.


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. Invitations in Europe have come from a.o. the Edinburgh Festival, Salzburg, Lucerne, Verbier, and the Schleswig-Holstein festivals.

Francesco appears with major ensembles worldwide: Berliner Philharmonikern, Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks,  Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Wiener Symphonikern, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestra Nazionale della RAI di Torino, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, NHK Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Deutschen Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. 


His conducting partners include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Herbert Blomstedt, Charles Dutoit, Ivan Fischer, Daniele Gatti, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Manfred Honeck, Marek Janowski, Paavo Järvi, Ton Koopman, Fabio Luisi, Zubin Mehta, Sir Roger Norrington, Gianandrea Noseda, Sir Antonio Pappano and Yuri Temirkanov.


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


Francesco Piemontesi has released a number of fine recordings for Decca, Warner and Naive Classique. In 2012, Piemontesi was announced as Artistic Director of the Settimane Musicali di Ascona.




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