Francesco Piemontesi
piano | Switzerland, °1983
 
Born in 1983 in Switzerland, Francesco Piemontesi studied with Nora Doallo in Lugano and with Arie Vardi at the Hanover University of music. Alongside his studies he gained valuable inspiration from his work with Alfred Brendel, Cécile Ousset, Murray Perahia, Mitsuko Uchida and Alexis Weissenberg.
He is the recipient of numerous international prizes, including the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2007 and a 2009 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship. In September 2009, BBC named Francesco one of its "New Generation Artists".

Francesco Piemontesi has made guest appearances at such internationally recognized venues as the BBC Proms, Schleswig-Holstein, City of London Festival, Martha Argerich Project, Cheltenham, Ruhr, Rheingau, Ludwigsburg, Kissinger Sommer and La Roque d'Anthéron Festivals and he can look back on performances at the Philharmonie in Berlin, Carnegie Hall in New York, Musikverein in Vienna and Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

He has played as a soloist with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Runfunks, BBC Symphony and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic, Belgian National Orchestra, Tonkünstler Orchestra, London Mozart Players and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra collaborating with such conductors as Jiri Belohlavek, Sakari Oramo, Lawrence Foster, Mikhail Pletnev, Christoph Poppen, Eiji Oue, Vassily Petrenko and Bruno Weil.

Highlights of recent and following seasons include his debuts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Liverpool Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lille, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, a tour with Zubin Mehta and the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Wigmore Hall in London, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Rudolfinum in Prague and at Lucerne Festival. He has been "Artist in Residence" at the Heidelberg Festival in 2011.

Francesco nurtures a special artistic interest in chamber music. He has played with Yuri Bashmet, Renaud und Gautier Capuçon, Emmanuel Pahud, Heinrich Schiff, Jörg Widmann and the Ebène Quartet.

He has recorded for EMI Classics and for Claves.
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