Francesco Piemontesi PIANO

Born in 1983 in Switzerland, Francesco Piemontesi studied with Arie Vardi in Hannover. Alongside his studies he gained valuable inspiration from his work with Alfred Brendel, Cécile Ousset, Murray Perahia, Mitsuko Uchida and Alexis Weissenberg.

Piemontesi is the recipient of numerous international prizes, including at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and a 2009 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship. In 2009, the BBC named him as one of its New Generation Artists.

Francesco Piemontesi has made guest appearances at the BBC Proms, Lucerne Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, City of London Festival, Martha Argerich Project, Cheltenham, Ruhr, Rheingau, Schubertiade Hohenems, Bad Kissingen and Roque d'Anthéron festivals.

He has played as soloist with the London Philharmonic with Sinaisky, the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Belohlavek, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks with Oramo, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Collon, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin with Janowski, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino with Mehta and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with Manze. Piemontesi has also performed with the Israel Philharmonic, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Singapore Symphony, Sinfonia Varsovia, the Zurich and Vienna Chamber Orchestras and the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne.

Highlights of upcoming seasons include performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra with Collon, NHK Symphony Orchestra and Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin with Norrington, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra with Afkham, Hallé Orchestra and Sao Paolo Symphony with Manze and Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin with Janowski.

Piemontesi will give recitals at Wigmore Hall in London, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Mostly Mozart Festival New York, Aix-en-Provence Festival and Menuhin Festival Gstaad.

He nurtures a special artistic interest in chamber music, having played with Yuri Bashmet, Renaud und Gautier Capuçon, Bruno Giuranna, Daniel Müller-Schott, Emmanuel Pahud, Heinrich Schiff, Jörg Widmann and the Ebène quartet.

In 2012 Piemontesi signed an exclusive recording contract with Naive Classique. His previous recordings have included a disc of Schumann solo piano repertoire for Claves, and a disc of solo works by Handel, Brahms, Liszt and Bach for Avanti Classic which saw Piemontesi awarded "Best Newcomer" at the 2012 BBC Music Magazine Awards.

Francesco Piemontesi is Artistic Director of the Settimane Musicali in Ascona.