Francesco Piemontesi performs Brahms on tour in Germany with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra
Francesco Piemontesi joins the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra for a tour of Germany this month, performing Brahms Piano Concerto No.2 under the baton of Pablo Heras-Casado.
The tour begins at the orchestra's home in Hamburg on 14 June and visits Neubrandenburg on 15 June and Lübeck on 16 June. They return to the Elbphilharmonie on 17 June for the tour's closing concert.
Elsewhere this month, Piemontesi travels to South Korea for two concerts with the Seoul Philharmonic on 5 and 6 June. Piemontesi joins the orchestra and conductor Asher Fisch for two works: Franck Symphonic Variations and Strauss Burleske.
Francesco Piemontesi makes debut with Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Francesco Piemontesi makes his debut with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia on 4 May 2018, performing Mozart Piano Concerto No. 27 K.595 under the baton of Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.
Piemontesi and Gražinytė-Tyla performed this concerto together with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 2017:
"It was playful, assertive, intelligent music-making, with bone-china clarity from Piemontesi."
"Another factor that lifted this concert well beyond the ordinary was the presence of young Italian pianist Francesco Piemontesi. He gave a wonderfully winning performance of Mozart’s final piano concerto, faithful to the work’s dewdrop lucidity and gentle nostalgia, but irradiated with joie de vivre too, in the way he garlanded Mozart’s notes with stylish and witty flourishes of his own. The orchestra and Gražinytė-Tyla were alert to his every move."
Francesco Piemontesi releases Liszt's Années de pèlerinage on Orfeo
Francesco Piemontesi's latest recording is released on double CD and DVD by Orfeo on 13 April 2018. The album features Liszt “Première année: Suisse” from Années de pèlerinage and Deux Légende: St. François de Paule marchant sur les flots, combined with a documentary by French filmmaker Bruno Monsaingeon.
The Années de pèlerinage are widely considered to be among Liszt’s great works. The title refers to Goethe’s novel Wilhelm Meister’s Journeyman Years and Liszt clearly places the work in line with the Romantic literature of his time, prefacing most pieces with a literary passage from writers such as Schiller, Byron or Senancour. In an introduction to the complete work, Liszt wrote:
“Having recently travelled to many new countries, through different settings and places consecrated by history and poetry; having felt that the phenomena of nature and their attendant sights did not pass before my eyes as pointless images but stirred deep emotions in my soul, and that between us a vague but immediate relationship had established itself, an undefined but real rapport, an inexplicable but undeniable communication, I have tried to portray in music a few of my strongest sensations and most lively impressions.”
Click here to watch a preview of Monsaingeon’s documentary.
The album is released in the UK on 1 June 2018.
Marek Janowski & Francesco Piemontesi return to the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Marek Janowski conducts two performances with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra on 13 and 14 April 2018. Janowski is joined by Francesco Piemontesi, who performs Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor. The programme is completed with Webern Im Sommerwind and Richard Strauss Symphonia Domestica.
Janowski and Piemonesti have performed together previously in Berlin, Frankfurt and Dresden. Click here to watch their performance of Liszt Piano Concerto No.2 with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.
“Francesco Piemontesi made a poised first entry and went on to entrance with many poetic responses, generously expressed… and the finale… had leeway and delicacy, Schumann’s closely-woven counterpoint always clear. This was a fresh and meticulous account of an old favourite finding pianist and conductor in harmony"
Gramophone wrote of Janowski’s recording of the Symphonia Domestica with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin:
“Janowski paces everything expertly, never losing sight of the important milestones. The moments of hustle and bustle are wonderfully easy-going, while the Berlin RSO’s corporate virtuosity is often breathtaking – I can’t remember when I last heard the finale’s final couple of minutes, from the outrageous whooping horns to the finish line, rattled through with such apparently nonchalant ease.”
Emmanuel Krivine begins inaugural tour as Music Director of Orchestre National de France with Francesco Piemontesi & Renaud Capuçon
Emmanuel Krivine commences two weeks of concerts across France and Switzerland with the Orchestre National de France with a performance atFestival de Pâques Aix-en-Provence on 29 March 2018. The tour is Krivine's first as the orchestra's Music Director and features Intermusica's Francesco Piemontesi for the concerts in France.
Performing Franck Symphonic Variations, R. Strauss Burleske in D Minor and Ravel Miroirs, the orchestra then continues to the Opéra de Dijon before returning to Paris for a concert at the Maison de la Radio on 5 April. The programme also features Debussy La Mer.
The second leg of the tour sees Renaud Capuçon perform Bruch Scottish Fantasy at Theater Basel (10 April), KKL Luzern (12 April) and the Auditorium de Lyon (15 April). The programme for these concerts also includes Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel: Overture and Tchaikovsky Symphony No.4. Krivine and the ONF also perform at Le Rosey, Rolle (13 April) and Victoria Hall, Geneva (14 April) with violinist Im Mo Yang.
The tour marks the continuation of a highly successful inaugural season for Krivine, which has been greeted with great critical acclaim:
"Immediate seduction, where Krivine distilled grace and delicacy with sensuality, triggering without restraint the powerful lyricism of symphonic phrases, as if the enclosure of this small form allowed this sensitive conductor to express the whole of a heightened sentimentality."
"Séduction immédiate, dont Krivine distille avec sensualité la grâce et la délicatesse, qui déclenche sans retenue le puissant lyrisme de rafales symphoniques, comme si l’enclos de la petite forme permettait à ce sensitif d’exprimer l’entièreté d’une sentimentalité exacerbée."
Le Monde, September 2017
Francesco Piemontesi tours Germany & the UK with the SWR Symphonieorchester Stuttgart
Francesco Piemontesi joins Sir Roger Norrington and the SWR Symphonieorchester Stuttgart for a tour of Germany and the UK this month, beginning with two concerts at the orchestra’s home in Stuttgart on 8 and 9 March 2018. They then visit Mannheim and Freiburg before travelling to the UK for concerts in Cardiff, Basingstoke and London, where the tour culminates at Cadogan Hall.
During the tour, Piemontesi performs Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3, part of a programme that also features Beethoven Symphony No.3 'Eroica' and German composer Jörg Widmann’s Con Brio.
Piemontesi ends March with another tour, this time with Emmanuel Krivine and the Orchestre National de France. The tour begins at the Festival de Pâques in Aix-en-Provence and also includes concerts in Paris and Dijon, with Piemontesi the soloist in Richard Strauss Burleske in D minor.
Intermusica at the Southbank Centre's 2018/19 classical season
The Southbank Centre launched its 2018/19 classical season on 30 January 2018, with Intermusica artists and performing throughout the year. Highlights include Marin Alsop continuing her relationship with the Southbank in concerts with the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra continuing their residency, and performances from Leonidas Kavakos, John Wilson, Kian Soltani and George Li.
Another major highlight of the season is the International Chamber Music Series, which Intermusica co-promotes with the Southbank Centre. This year it opens with a concert from Jordi Savall and his Hesperion XXI and features a concert marking the centenary of author Muriel Spark from the Nash Ensemble, and performances from Leonidas Kavakos and Yuja Wang, the Jerusalem, Artemis and Belcea quartets, and performances of Stockhausen by Southbank Centre Artist in Residence Pierre-Laurent Aimard.
Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra continue as Associate Orchestra with three concerts in the new season. The first, on 16 September 2018, pairs a memorized performance of Beethoven Symphony No.5 with HK Gruber's Frankenstein!! in a concert conceived and directed by Jane Mitchell. Their second, on 20 January 2019, is titled Songs from the Road and features Mahler's Songs of a Wayfarer, arrangements of folk ballads and the world premiere of Du Yun Where we lost our shadows. Their final concert takes place on 5 June 2019 and features works by Beethoven, Thomas Adès, a Max Richter world premiere and Mozart's Symphony No.41.
Kirill Gerstein renews his partnership with Thomas Adès when he joins the composer and the London Philharmonic Orchestra on 26 September to perform Adès' concerto for piano and orchestra, In Seven Days.
Geoffrey Paterson returns to the London Sinfonietta on 13 October to conduct them in a performance of Pascal Dusapin Passion, a collaboration with Music Theatre Wales.
Patricia Bardon returns to the role of Baba the Turk in a performance of Stravinsky The Rake's Progress with Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra on 3 November.
Lahav Shani and Francesco Piemontesi join forces for a concert of Brahms and Beethoven with the Philharmonia Orchestra on 4 November. Shani conducts Weber Oberon Overture, Brahms Symphony No.1 and Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 'Emperor', with himself as piano soloist.
Marin Alsop makes her first visit of the season on 11 November, conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in a performance of Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem. She then returns on 16 January to conduct the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a contemporary programme with Colin Currie giving the world premiere of Helen Grime's Percussion Concerto.
John Wilson returns to the Philharmonia Orchestra on 15 November for a concert of Gershwin and Walton. He is joined by Louis Schwizgebel, who performs Gershwin Piano Concerto. Wilson then brings his John Wilson Orchestra to the Southbank Centre on 15 December, leading them in a characteristic programme of music from Hollywood and Broadway. He returns on 18 April to lead the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in a special performance of Gilbert & Sullivan Trial by Jury.
Mary Bevan joins the Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Brian Wright for a seasonal performance of Handel's Messiah on 16 December.
Leonidas Kavakos appears at the Southbank Centre's International Chamber Music Series on 18 January alongside Yuja Wang, performing a recital of Mozart, Prokofiev, Bartók and Strauss.
Martyn Brabbins joins the Philharmonia Orchestra on 20 January 2019 to conduct an English programme of Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Britten and the London premiere of Geoffrey Gordon's Prometheus, a concerto for bass clarinet and orchestra.
Jacques Imbrailo joins the Mozartists and conductor Ian Page on 29 January for the next concert in their Mozart 250 series, which is themed around the year 1769. Imbrailo sings arias by Gluck, Haydn, Arne, Gréty and Paisiello.
Susan Bickley returns to the Southbank Centre to sing Beethoven Symphony No.9 alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Oliver Gooch on 16 March.
Kian Soltani returns on 23 March after his acclaimed debut at Southbank Centre with the West–Eastern Divan Orchestra. This time he joins Edward Gardner and the London Philharmonic Orchestra to play Elgar Cello Concerto.
George Li joins Vasily Petrenko and the London Philharmonic Orchestra on 27 March to perform Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1, part of a programme that also features Khachaturian Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia and Walton Symphony No.1.
Following a critically acclaimed London conducting debut with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in 2017, Carlos Miguel Prieto returns to lead the young musicians in a concert on 12 April. Prieto conducts an exciting programme of Revueltas, Carlos Chávez and Copland.
Francesco Piemontesi returns to the International Piano Series on 2 May, performing a solo recital of works by Bach, Debussy and Rachmaninov.
Martin James Bartlett joins the Philharmonia Orchestra on 7 May to perform Ravel Piano Concerto in G, part of a programme that also features the world premiere of Cecilia McDowall Da Vinci Requiem.
Francesco Piemontesi performs in recital at La Seine Musicale in Paris
Francesco Piemontesi returns to Paris on 13 February 2018 to perform in recital at the city's new Seine Musicale. Piemontesi performs a programme of Schubert's last piano sonatas, which he also performs at Wetzikon in his native Switzerland on 3 February.
Following the recital in Paris, Piemontesi brings his Schubert programme to the Societe de Musique la Chaux de Fonds for a recital on 18 February.
Francesco Piemontesi makes debut with the London Symphony Orchestra
Francesco Piemontesi joins Sir Mark Elder and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre on 8 February for his debut concert with the orchestra. Piemontesi performs Bartók Piano Concerto No.3, which he recently performed with the Dresden Philharmonic and Marek Janowski.
Piemontesi previously worked with Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé in 2016, performing Dvorák Piano Concerto in G minor. Bachtrack wrote:
“Piemontesi’s playing was in turn assertive and reflective and he dazzled in the dramatic first movement cadenza. The Andante sostenuto second movement was striking for its memorable opening melody, played first by horn and stings and then by the piano, and for the dramatic dialogue between piano and orchestra. The finale was dominated by dance-like themes and took us to an exhilarating conclusion”
Marek Janowski & Francesco Piemontesi perform with the Dresden Philharmonic
Marek Janowski and Francesco Piemontesi return to the Dresden Philharmonic this month, performing Bartok Piano Concerto No.3 on 13 and 14 January 2018. Janowski also conducts Bruckner Symphony No.9.
Following this, on 19 and 21 January Janowski conducts Weber Euryanthe with the orchestra and soloists Emily Magee, Catherine Foster, Christian Elsner, Steven Humes, and Egils Silins.
Janowski is a noted interpreter of Bruckner, conducting a critically acclaimed performance of the composer's Symphony No.7 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2017:
“Freed from score and music stand, Janowski comfortably settled in for the long haul, scrupulously burnishing the changing textures and rigorously sustaining purpose and momentum”
Francesco Piemontesi performs in recital at the Berliner Philharmonie
Francesco Piemontesi returns to Berlin on 8 December 2017 for a recital at the city's Philharmonie. Piemontesi's programme for the recital focusses on Liszt and includes excerpts from his Années de pèlerinage and his Deux légendes No.1 St. François dʼAssise: la Prédication aux oiseaux. Also on the programme are Busoni Toccata, Helmut Lachenmann 5 Variations on a theme by Franz Schubert and Schubert Piano Sonata in B flat major, D.960. Piemontesi performs the same programme in Mainz on 1 December.
Future highlights for Piemontesi in the new year include performances with the Dresden Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, a tour of Germany and the UK with the SWR Symphonieorchester and Sir Roger Norrington and a tour of France with the Orchestre National de France and Music Director Emmanuel Krivine.
So far this season, Piemontesi has performed with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, made his debut with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and also released a critically acclaimed album of Mozart Piano Concertos with Andrew Manze and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra:
"Crystalline clarity, radiant tone and eloquent phrasing...In the fine and intriguing cadenzas...he shines with surety of purpose."
BBC Music Magazine
"[Piemontesi] has become a Mozartian to cherish. It’s hard to fault his sense of line, structure and deft approach to detail in these two concertos from Mozart’s Vienna period... Piemontesi’s polished playing is alert with exactly the kind of spontaneity essential to great Mozart performance."
Lahav Shani & Francesco Piemontesi perform with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Francesco Piemontesi joins Lahav Shani and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra for two concerts on 23 and 24 November at De Doelen. The programme is Dvorák Carnival Overture, Brahms Symphony No.4 and Piemontesi is the soloist in Ravel Piano Concerto in G major.
Lahav Shani is Chief Conductor Designate of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; he will take up the position in September 2018.
Piemontesi and Shani previously performed together with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 2014, when they received a glowing five-star review from Bachtrack:
"There’s no doubting Shani is a risk-taker and what chutzpah for him to display this on his first concert with this orchestra, not to mention his first in the UK... The symphony concluded in a thrillingly demonic fashion, bringing the house down. Only one more word seems appropriate: wow!
Piemontesi’s conception was mobile, almost daringly so, and unfussy. Yet, he rendered this concerto’s uniquely rhapsodic elements with a deeply-felt intensity and, at times, an ecstatic quality…"
Marek Janowski returns to the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra with Francesco Piemontesi
Marek Janowski returns to the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra on 16 and 17 November 2017 alongside his fellow Intermusica artist Francesco Piemontesi. Janowski conducts a programme of Wagner's Overture to Der fliegende Holländer and Schumann Symphony No.2, with Piemontesi joining him to perform Liszt Piano Concerto No.2.
Elsewhere this month, Janowski returns to the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo on 11 and 12 November, conducting a programme on Hindemith and Beethoven. Janowski has worked regularly with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, conducting Wagner’s Ring Cycle in concert performances with the orchestra at the Tokyo Spring Festival over several seasons. He also returns to the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra on 5 and 6 November, performing R. Strauss' Closing Scene from Capriccio and An Alpine Symphony with soprano Michaela Kaune.
Following the performances in Frankfurt, Piemontesi travels to Munich for a repeat performance of Liszt Piano Concerto No.2 with the orchestra of the Bavarian State Opera and Cristian Măcelaru on 20 and 21 November. On 23 and 24 November he also joins Lahav Shani and the Rotterdam Philharmonic for performances of Ravel’s Piano Concerto.
Francesco Piemontesi performs Brahms in Copenhagen with Daniel Müller-Schott
Francesco Piemontesi joins Daniel Müller-Schott at the Mogens Dahl Concert Hall in Copenhagen on 6 November 2017 for a recital of sonatas by Brahms. Piemontesi and Müller-Schott perform Brahms Violin Sonata No.1 and Cello Sonatas No.1 and No.2.
Piemontesi and Müller-Schott have worked together previously, including their 2015 recording of cello sonatas by Britten, Prokofiev and Shostakovich on Orfeo. The Classical Reviewer commented:
“There is some exceptionally fine interplay between these artists.”
Francesco Piemontesi makes debut with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra alongside Andrew Manze
Francesco Piemontesi makes his debut with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra on 20 September 2017, performing at the Helsinki Music Centre alongside Andrew Manze. Manze conducts a programme of Parry Elegy for Brahms, Schoenberg's arrangement of Brahms Piano Quartet No.1 and Mozart Piano Concerto No.27 with Piemontesi as soloist.
Manze and Piemontesi recently recorded Mozart Piano Concertos No.25 and No.26 with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for their latest recording on Linn Records:
“These are lively, stylish performances, alert to every fleeting change of mood. Piemontesi plays with the vivacity of a young man and decorates the solo parts sparingly, but his captivating soft playing is equally in touch with the music’s inner soul.”
“Piemontesi’s polished playing is alert with exactly the kind of spontaneity essential to great Mozart performance. Lithe and without fuss, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra makes clear from the opening bars that this is historically informed Mozart with an updated feel. Andrew Manze, one of the most versatile musicians around, is the perceptive conductor.”
Francesco Piemontesi performs at Le Settimane Musicali di Ascona
Francesco Piemontesi, the Artistic Director of the Settimane Musicali di Ascona, returns to the festival this month for two performances on 15 and 25 September 2017. For the first performance, Piemontesi joins the St Petersburg Philharmonic and Yuri Temirkanov to play Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1. On 25 September he performs in recital with Louis Lortie with a programme of Liszt Années de pèlerinage: Première année: Suisse and Deuxième année: Italie.
Elsewhere this September, Piemontesi performs Mozart Piano Concerto No.27 with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Jonathan Nott in Annecy on 2 September.
On 22 and 24 September he joins Philippe Herreweghe and the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra for concerts in Brugge and Antwerp, playing Brahms Piano Concerto No.1.
Francesco Piemontesi & Andrew Manze release Mozart Piano Concertos on Linn Records
On 18 August Francesco Piemontesi and Andrew Manze’s recording of Mozart Piano Concertos Nos 25 & 26 will be released on Linn records. The disc was recorded with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in February 2016 following concerts in Fife, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
"[Piemontesi] has become a Mozartian to cherish. It’s hard to fault his sense of line, structure and deft approach to detail in these two concertos from Mozart’s Vienna period... Piemontesi’s polished playing is alert with exactly the kind of spontaneity essential to great Mozart performance."
“[Piemontesi] has already amply displayed his Mozartian credential... Here again, his sympathy with the style and ethos of the Salzburger's music simply sings from the speakers.
There is intimacy rather than inwardness to these chamber-scale performances… The militaristic opening movement of K503 can become something of a bangfest but the Swiss pianist instinctively draws back before overpowering the music, adding cheeky touches of ornamentation here and there as if it were all too easy for him.
The recording will be Classic FM’s ‘Album of the Week’ from 14th August.
Francesco Piemontesi debuts with Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich at the Stresa Festival
Francesco Piemontesi joins the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich at the Stresa Festival on 27 August 2017, his debut with the orchestra. Piemontesi and the orchestra perform Brahms Piano Concerto No.1 under the baton of Lionel Bringuier. Piemontesi performs the concerto again with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra over the course of next season.
Earliner in the month Piemontesi also appears at the Rosendal Festival, which this year focuses on Mozart. On 10 August Piemontesi performs in the Festival's opening concert with Leif Ove Andsnes, Christian Tetzlaff, Tabea Zimmermann and Tanja Tetzlaff. He also performs Messiaen Quatour pour la fin du temps on 11 August and two Mozart concerts on 12 August.
Francesco Piemontesi makes his debut at the Verbier Festival
Francesco Piemontesi makes his debut at the Verbier Festival on 26 July 2017 with a solo recital at the Église de Verbier. Piemontesi's programme for thhe recital features works by Mozart and Liszt, as well as Debussy’s Préludes. His 2015 Naïve recording of the Préludes was highly acclaimed:
"[Piemontesi] has the deftness of touch to create the necessary colours for Feux d’artifices or the half-shadings of Brouillards. In a crowded field with many classic performances, Piemontesi brings a new perspective."
Five stars, BBC Music Magazine, June 2016
"Francesco Piemontesi is a seriously classy presence on the international scene."
Primephonic, May 2016
"[Piemontesi] is as robust as his mentor in capturing the jazzy rhythms of Minstrels, the cakewalky swagger of General Lavine and the homages to Stravinsky in Brouillards and Les Tierces alternées, but his delicacy is spellbinding... his Cathédrale engloutie rises from the sea with majestic grandeur and mystery."
Sunday Times, November 2015
Francesco Piemontesi makes debut at the Tonhalle Düsseldorf
Francesco Piemontesi makes his debut at the Tonhalle Düsseldorf with Alexandre Bloch and the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker on 7 July 2017, playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major. Piemontesi’s interpretations of Mozart have previously received excellent reviews:
"I can’t remember when I last heard Mozart with such a deft touch, such a sense of legato, such subtle phrasing. In Piemontesi’s performance, there is some Brendel (other people have said it too), but equally some Gould in this clarity, this exactness, which avoids all mannerisms whilst never neglecting the role of sensuality in the work."
Bachtrack, May 2016
Described by Classical Source as "a great Mozartian", Piemontesi joined the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for Mozart concerto performances earlier in the 2016/17 season, and also recorded a number of the composer’s works for Decca Classics and Deutsche Grammophon in partnership with the International Stiftung Mozarteum, Salzburg. Later this summer, his recording of the composer's Piano Concertos 25 and 26, made with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, is released on Linn Records.
Francesco Piemontesi continues Mozart Odyssey at Wigmore Hall
Francesco Piemontesi returns to London’s Wigmore Hall on 4 May 2017 for the fourth instalment of his Mozart Odyssey, which explores the composer’s works for solo piano. Piemontesi performs a programme of Mozart’s 9 Variations on a Minuet by Duport and Piano Sonatas No.17, No.7, No.10 and No.8.
Piemontesi's earlier recitals at Wigmore Hall have been highly praised:
“An immaculate weighting of tone and fastidious articulation in every sense… The rapturous precision of his playing was at a pitch of intensity in the F minor Siciliano centrepiece of the Sonata in F, K280, but all the slow movements of the sequence stood out.”
“Piemontesi’s discernment of personality, style and context in these four works was second to none. He is a superb Mozartean… Piemontesi knows how to make Mozart sing… keeping true to the vocal quality of Mozart’s music. He has a command of timbre and balance and a disarmingly precise virtuosity.”
Elsewhere this month, Francesco performs in recital at the Dresdner Festspiele and Konzerthaus Berlin on 20 and 25 May respectively, performing a programme of Mozart, Liszt, Maximilian Schnaus and Schubert.
Francesco Piemontesi performs at the Konzerthaus Berlin's Hommage to Alfred Brendel
Francesco Piemontesi joins the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and Jan Willem de Vriend on 28 April 2017 to perform in the orchestra's Hommage to Alfred Brendel. The ten-day tribute features former pupils and musical partners. Piemontesi studied with Alfred Brendel and said that he had taught him "to love the detail of things". Piemontesi pays tribute to Brendel with a performance of Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4, which he performed for his critically-acclaimed debut with the LA Philharmonic in August 2016:
"...an unaffected, alternately sparkling and passionately inward rendition of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4, featuring Swiss pianist Francesco Piemontesi in his L.A. Phil debut... Piemontesi showed an unpredictable temperament all his own."
Earlier in the month, Piemontesi performs Dvořák Piano Concerto with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia on 20 and 21 April.
Francesco Piemontesi makes his debut with Orchestre de Paris at the Philharmonie
Francesco Piemontesi makes his debut with the Orchestre de Paris at the Paris Philharmonie on 5 and 6 April 2017, as the soloist in Schumann Piano Concerto.
Piemontesi's performance of the Schumann Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall two seasons ago received excellent reviews:
“It is rare that absolutely everything is in place in an interpretation; this was the case here.”
“Francesco Piemontesi made a poised first entry and went on to entrance with many poetic responses, generously expressed… and the finale… had leeway and delicacy, Schumann’s closely woven counterpoint always clear. This was a fresh and meticulous account"
Francesco Piemontesi makes debut with Pittsburgh Symphony
Francesco Piemontesi travels to the Unites States this month to make his debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony at Heinz Hall on 10 March 2017. He joins the orchestra to perform Dvořák Piano Concerto under the baton of conductor Juraj Valčuha, giving a second performance on 12 March.
Piemontesi recorded the rarely performed piece alongside Schumann Piano Concerto for Naïve Classique in 2013. The recording was highly praised, with Gramophone arguing that Piemontesi's rendition "makes you wonder if it isn’t time the Dvořák gained a place in the regular concerto repertoire.”
Watch Piemontesi speak about the Dvořák and Schumann Piano Concertos below:
Intermusica artists at the 2017 Verbier Festival
Intermusica artists appear throughout the 2017 Verbier Festival, with all performances streamed live by Medici.tv. See all the performance times, dates and venues below:
Also performing at the Église on 22 July is the Pavel Haas Quartet. At 8pm they are joined by pianist Barry Douglas for a performance of Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor and Beethoven String Quartet No.
Richard Goode, Renaud Capuçon and Edgar Moreau appear at the Église at 8pm on 24 July to perform Brahms Piano Trio No.2. In the second half of the recital, Capuçon and Moreau are joined by Lahav Shani, Maxim Rysanov and Leigh Mesh for a performance of Schubert Piano Quintet in A major 'The Trout'.
The Pavel Haas Quartet makes its second appearance at the festival on 25 July, performing in recital at the Église at 11am. The quartet presents a programme of quartets by Martinů and Smetana as well as Dvořák String Quintet No.3, for which they are joined by the quartet's friend and former colleague Pavel Nikl.
Lahav Shani then conducts the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 25 July, leading a programme of Mozart Il nozze di Figaro Overture, Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 with soloist Daniel Lozakovich and Schubert Symphony No.9.
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, makes its festival debut this year, performing at the Église at 8pm on 26 July. They give a concert of works by Duruflé, Tomkins, Byrd and Poulence among others.
Joshua Weilerstein conducts the Junior Orchestra at 4pm at the Salle des Combins on 27 July. Weilerstein conducts a programme of Fauré Elegie for Cello and Orchestra with Edgar Moreau followed by Bruch Kol Nidrei and Dvořák Symphony No.6.
Richard Goode makes his second appearance at the festival, performing a programme of Mozart, Janáček, Debussy and Beethoven at the Église at 11am on 29 July.
Joshua Weilerstein is joined by George Li at the Salle des Combins at 4pm on 29 July for a concert with the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra. Li performs Liszt Piano Concerto No.1, with Weilerstein then conducting Dvořák Symphony No.6.
Kirill Gerstein and Sergei Babayan join Yuja Wang and the Verber Festival Chamber Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 29 July for a performance of Bach concertos under the direction of Roberto Gonzáles-Monjas.
At 11am on 30 July, Kirill Gerstein is joined by Truls Mørk to perform sonatas by Brahms, Janáček and Prokofiev at the Église.
In the evening of 30 July, Antoine Tamestit and Mischa Maisky appear at the Salle des Combins alongside Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Roman Simović and Evgeny Kissin. They perform a programme of Mozart String Quartet No.1, Fauré String Quartet No.1 and Dvořák Piano Quintet No.2.
On 31 July, George Li performs a solo recital of Beethoven and Liszt at 11am at the Église.
Joshua Weilerstein joins Martin Frost and the Verbier Festival Orchestra at the Salle des Combins on 31 July at 7pm. Weilerstein conducts a programme of Copland, Lutoslawski, Shaw and Prokofiev.
On 1 August at 11am, Tamestit joins Roberto González-Monjas, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Pablo Ferrández, Lukas Geniušas & Yuja Wang to perform works by Schubert, Beethoven & Brahms.
Tamestit and Maisky reunite at the Église at 8pm on 3 August, this time performing Brahms Piano Quartet No.3 with Nikolai Lugansky. Tamestit also performs Brahms Sonata for Viola and Piano with Lugansky, while Maisky and Lugansky play the composer's Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in an arrangement for cello and piano by Paul Klengel.
On 5 August at the Salle des Combins at 7pm, James Ehnes, Antoine Tamestit, Mischa Maisky, Pamela Frank, Roman Simović, Pablo Ferrández, Martin Fröst, Nikolai Lugansky, Yuja Wang, the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and Antonio Pappano will join forces for an evening celebrating friendship and musical excellence.
Francesco Piemontesi returns to the NDR Radiophilharmonie with Andrew Manze
Francesco Piemontesi returns to the NDR Radiophilharmonie this month, performing Brahms Piano Concerto No.1 under the baton of Andrew Manze on 16, 17 and 18 February. Piemontesi and Manze last performed together in July 2016, when they gave a critically acclaimed concert with the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl:
"...an unaffected, alternately sparkling and passionately inward rendition of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.4, featuring Swiss pianist Francesco Piemontesi in his L.A. Phil debut... Piemontesi showed an unpredictable temperament all his own... Throughout, Manze and the orchestra proved sensitive collaborators in this most dialogue-intensive of Beethoven's concertos."
LA Times, August 2016
Following the concerto, Manze conducts the orchestra in a performance of Sibelius Symphony No.2.
Francesco Piemontesi performs Beethoven with the Czech Philharmonic & Manfred Honeck
Francesco Piemontesi travels to Prague this month to give three performances with the Czech Philharmonic and Manfred Honeck on 25, 26 and 27 January 2017. Piemontesi joins the orchestra at the Rudolfinum in Prague to perform Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3.
Widely renowned for his interpretation of early Romantic repertoire, Piemontesi has often performed Beethoven, including for his acclaimed recent debut with the LA Philharmonic at Hollywood Bowl:
"...an unaffected, alternately sparkling and passionately inward rendition of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4, featuring Swiss pianist Francesco Piemontesi in his L.A. Phil debut... Piemontesi showed an unpredictable temperament all his own."
"Piemontesi offered a performance as soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 that made even someone who has heard this piece dozens of times in performance sit up and take notice... Rarely has the Bowl’s Steinway sounded so elegant."
Prior to the orchestral concert, Piemontesi performs a recital at the Rudolfinum on 23 January, performing works by Mozart, Liszt, Maximilian Schnaus and Schubert.
Elsewhere in January, Piemontesi also performs Mozart Piano Concerto No.27 with both the Utah Symphony on 13 and 14 January and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra on 29 January and 2 February.
Francesco Piemontesi continues acclaimed Mozart Odyssey at Wigmore Hall
Francesco Piemontesi returns to Wigmore Hall on 15 December 2016 to continue his Mozart Odyssey, performing the third recital of the series which features Mozart Piano Sonatas Nos.5, 12, 4 and 15. The Sunday Times wrote of the second concert in the series in July 2016:
"By dint of an immaculate weighting of tone and fastidious articulation in every sense, he not only made these works sound plausible on a big Steinway, but uncommonly plausible altogether (they are easily patronised), and made me feel I didn’t want to hear them in any other way. The rapturous precision of his playing was at a pitch of intensity in the F minor Siciliano centrepiece of the Sonata in F, K280, but all the slow movements of the sequence stood out."
The previous week, Piemontesi performs a recital at the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris on 8 December where the programme includes Mozart Piano Sonata No.4 in E-flat major, K.282 and selections from Liszt Années de pèlerinage.
Piemontesi also performs Ravel Piano Concerto with the Philharmonia and Nicholas Collon in Leicester on 30 November and London on 1 December. He then travels to Monte Carlo where to perform Schumann Piano Concerto conducted by Kazuki Yamada on 4 December.
Nicholas Collon & Francesco Piemontesi return to the Philharmonia Orchestra
Nicholas Collon begins December with a return to the Philharmonia Orchestra on 1 December 2016, conducting a programme of Pre-War Soundscapes. Collon is joined by regular collaborator Francesco Piemontesi, who performs Ravel Piano Concerto, which is bookended by Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Walton Symphony No.1. They perform the same programme the preceding day at De Montfort Hall in Leicester.
Collon and Piemontesi's previous performances together include a critically-acclaimed performance with Aurora Orchestra at the 2015 Proms:
“The highlight [was] Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.26… [The] combination of the sweetly childlike and the intellectually questing reached its height in a first-movement cadenza... that saw Collon partnering Piemontesi on tinkling celeste. This was pure Magic Flute, and echoes of Mozart’s operatic swansong cast an autumnal glow over the rest of a magical performance.”
“Nicholas Collon coaxed a wonderfully clear-running duet from principal flautist Jane Mitchell and oboist Thomas Barber in the second movement. The third movement, meant to represent a country dance, actually felt like one. When the storm arrived, it was as if the festivities had been interrupted by the weather, and you realised that the atmosphere had been ionised for a while. Nature, being the subject, felt natural again.”
Collon ends 2016 with a performance at Kings Place with Aurora Orchestra, while Piemontesi performs with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic and gives recitals in Paris and London.
Francesco Piemontesi makes his debut with the Wiener Symphoniker
Francesco Piemontesi makes his debut with the Wiener Symphoniker this month in two concerts at the Kozerthaus in Vienna on 25 and 26 November 2016. Piemontesi joins the orchestra to perform Mozart Piano Concerto No.24 under conductor Giovanni Antonini.
Piemontesi is a renowned interpreter of Mozart and early romantic repertoire, and in April 2016 the Sunday Times named him ‘One to Watch’, commenting:
"Piemontesi is one of those pianists who bring something original to everything they play. To witness his give-and-take with an orchestra in a Mozart concerto is a joy."
Francesco Piemontesi steps in to perform with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin & Marek Janowski
Francesco Piemontesi returns to the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin on 10 November 2016, replacing Yefim Bronfman for a performance of Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4 conducted by Marek Janowski.
Piemontesi performed this concerto for his debut performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in August. The LA Times wrote:
"...an unaffected, alternately sparkling and passionately inward rendition of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.4, featuring Swiss pianist Francesco Piemontesi in his L.A. Phil debut... Piemontesi showed an unpredictable temperament all his own."
Francesco Piemontesi returns to Texas for concerts with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Francesco Piemontesi returns to the US this month for four concert with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra between 17 and 20 November 2016.
Conducted by Ruth Reinhardt, the programme opens with Lutosławski Concerto for Orchestra, after which Piemontesi joins the orchestra to Mozart Piano Concerto No.27. The concert concludes with Brahms Symphony No.4.
Piemontesi is a noted interpreter of Mozart's works and contributed several recordings to Decca Classics and Deutsche Grammophon's mammoth Mozart retrospective, W.A. Mozart: The Complete New Edition, which was released in October.
Francesco Piemontesi performs on Decca's complete Mozart edition
On 28 October 2016 the most complete collection of Mozart works is released by Decca Classics and Deutsche Grammophon in partnership with the International Stiftung Mozarteum, Salzburg.
In celebration of Mozart’s 225th anniversary, the individually-numbered limited edition includes 240 hours of performances from 600 world-class artists including Francesco Piemontesi.
Piemontesi recorded a number of works, including the first recording of Sonata K331 with the Rondo “alla turca” from the recently discovered autograph manuscript. He also performs Funeral March K453a, 2 Variations on “Come un agnello” from Sarti’s Fra i due litiganti K460, Prelude and Fugue in C K394, Suite in C K399, Allegro in Bb K400, Andante in Bb K9b, Fugue in Eb K153,
Fugue in g K154, 12 Minuets K103, Piano version of Ballet Music from Ascanio in Alba KAnh207, and Piano Sonata in Bb K498a.
In an article for the Times Piemontesi selected one of his favourite, rarer works of Mozart: the Praeludium and Fuge K394:
"I have always wondered why Mozart´s K394 has so seldom been performed. I believe this is one of the first examples that show his interest and dedication to the work of J.S.Bach. Granted, the integration of Baroque elements into his own language has not yet reached the perfection of his late Sonatas (for instance K.533) or Concertos (K491) but the direction is already very evident. Between a fugue and baroque voice leadings we hear some moments of that unique apparent simplicity which has never failed to touch all of us after more than two century since this music was put on paper."
W.A Mozart: The New Complete Edition is out on October 28th.
Francesco Piemontesi performs Brahms with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Francesco Piemontesi joins the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Kazuki Yamada for three performances of Brahms Piano Concerto No.1 in Geneva and Lausanne on 5, 6 and 7 October 2016. The concert on 5 October will be broadcast on RTS.
The following week Piemontesi joins Kirill Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on 13 October for a performance of Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini that will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Francesco Piemontesi joins Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the Settimani Musicali di Ascona
Francesco Piemonesi joins Sir Roger Norrington and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the Settimani Musicali di Ascona, of which Piemontesi is the Artistic Director, for a performance at the Chiesa San Francesco on 28 September 2016. Together they perform Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3, which they perform again at Schloss Esterházy in Eisenstadt on 30 September.
Piemontesi recently performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.4 for his acclaimed LA Philharmonic debut at the Hollywood Bowl. The LA Times wrote that is was "...an unaffected, alternately sparkling and passionately inward rendition of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4, featuring Swiss pianist Francesco Piemontesi in his L.A. Phil debut... Piemontesi showed an unpredictable temperament all his own."
Francesco Piemontesi performs in recital at Gstaad Menuhin Festival
Francesco Piemontesi makes an appearance at the Gstaad Menuhin Fesitval this month, performing works by Mozart, Schubert and Liszt in recital at the Church of Saint-Nicolas de Myre on 22 August 2016. He performs the same programme in Spain on 24 August at the Estiu musical 2016 a Santa Cristina d'Aro.
Piemontesi makes a third festival appearance of the month on 30 August when he performs Schubert Piano Sonata in C minor, D.958 and Piano Sonata in A major, D.959 at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg Festival.
Francesco Piemontesi makes his LA Philharmonic debut & Andrew Manze returns to Hollywood Bowl to conduct
Francesco Piemontesi makes his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut on 11 August 2016 when he performs Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4 at the Hollywood Bowl under the baton of fellow Intermusica artist Andrew Manze.
Piemontesi performed the concerto with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 2014, a performance that was highly praised:
"Francesco Piemontesi went on to deliver one of the most assured performances of the piece I can recall hearing. Piemontesi’s conception was mobile, almost daringly so, and unfussy. Yet, he rendered this concerto’s uniquely rhapsodic elements with a deeply-felt intensity and, at times, an ecstatic quality…"
Manze also joins the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl on 9 August, conducting an all-Mozart programme of the overture to Don Giovanni, Violin Concerto No.5 'Turkish' with soloist Arabella Steinbacher and Symphony No.41 'Jupiter'.
Francesco Piemontesi continues his Mozart Odyssey at Wigmore Hall
Francesco Piemontesi, hailed as "a Mozartean of rare refinement and wisdom", continues his Mozart Odyssey at Wigmore Hall on 13 July 2016.
The recital, the latest in a cycle exploring Mozart's works for solo piano, features a programme of the composer's Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-3, in addition to Fantasia No.4 and Piano Sonata No.14.
Piemontesi's previous recital in the series, in January 2016, was highly praised by the critics:
"The start of the A-minor Rondo...gave an idea of Piemontesi’s ability to charge the smallest inflection with meaning, and his perception of the elaborations as both integral and insubstantial arose from playing of the greatest sophistication…
To witness the economy of Piemontesi’s technique as well as his precise pedalling was a masterclass in the Classical style, although there was plenty of panache to be heard in a rousing ‘Rondo alla turca’ Finale.”
"This programme, intelligently constructed, and equally intelligently performed, satisfied from beginning to end. D minor led to D major, Don Giovanni-like in the first half, and A minor led to its tonic major in the second. The D minor Fantasia makes for a splendid opening piece."
Seen and Heard International
The Mozart Odyssey returns to Wigmore Hall on 15 December 2016, and stretches into 2017 with two further recitals.
Francesco Piemontesi makes debut with the Munich Philharmonic
Francesco Piemontesi makes his debut with the Munich Philharmonic and Gianandrea Noseda this month, joining the orchestra for three concerts at the Philharmonie Gasteig, Munich, on 1 and 2 June and at the Congress Innsbruck on 3 June 2016. Piemontesi and the orchestra perform Bartók Piano Concerto No.3.
The following week, Piemontesi travels to Madrid to perform Brahms Piano Concerto No.1 with David Afkham and the Orquesta Nacional de Espana at the Auditorio Nacional de Música on 10 and 11 June.
Francesco Piemontesi & Renaud Capuçon perform in recital in Martigny
Francesco Piemontesi and Renaud Capuçon join forces for a recital in Martigny on 21 May 2016. Together they perform Mozart Violin Sonata No.21 in E minor, Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano, No.10 in G major, and R. Schumann: Violin Sonata No.2 in D minor.
Piemontesi then appears at Klavierfest Ruhr on 24 May, where he performs Mozart Fantasia No.4 in C minor and Piano Sonata No.14 in C minor, Brahms 3 Intermezzi and R. Schumann Kreisleriana.
Francesco Piemontesi performs Dvorák Piano Concerto with the Hallé
Francesco Piemontesi joins the Hallé and Sir Mark Elder at Bridgewater Hall on 5 May 2016 for a performance of Dvorák Piano Concerto in G minor. The concerto is part of an all-Dvorák programme that also includes the composer's Moravian Duets. Piemontesi recorded the piece with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 2013, a recording that Gramophone praised for it's "feisty, committed" performance that "makes you wonder if it isn’t time the Dvořák gained a place in the regular concerto repertoire."
Piemontesi then travels to Germany to perform Mozart Piano Concerto No.25 with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra and Andrea Marcon on 7 and 8 May, and the following week performs Mozart Piano Concerto No.26 with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Ton Koopman on 12 May. Piemontesi performed Mozart Piano Concerto No.26 with the Aurora Orchestra at the BBC Proms in 2015, which attracted high critical praise:
“The high point of this Prom was Francesco Piemontesi’s perfectly-judged performance as soloist in Mozart’s ‘Coronation’ piano concerto, with a celeste briefly roped in for a cadenza.”
Independent, August 2015
Joshua Weilerstein makes Barbican debut alongside Francesco Piemontesi & BBC Symphony Orchestra
Joshua Weilerstein makes his Barbican debut on 21 April 2016 when he conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He is also joined by fellow Intermusica artist Francesco Piemontesi for Ravel Piano Concerto in G major.
The rest of the programme includes Christopher Rouse Rapture, the UK premiere of Bryce Dessner Quilting and Bernstein West Side Story: Symphonic Dances.
The concert will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at a later date.
Francesco Piemontesi performs Beethoven with Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Franceso Piemontesi joins the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Søndergård for two concerts on 6 and 8 April 2016. Piemontesi performs Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4. When Piemontesi performed this concerto with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bachtrack wrote that "Francesco Piemontesi went on to deliver one of the most assured performances of the piece I can recall hearing. Piemontesi’s conception was mobile, almost daringly so, and unfussy. Yet, he rendered this concerto’s uniquely rhapsodic elements with a deeply-felt intensity and, at times, an ecstatic quality."
Later in the month, Piemontesi performs the same concerto with David Afkham and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra on 28 and 29 April.
Francesco Piemontesi continues Mozart Odyssey at the Concertgebouw
Following the success of the first concert in his Mozart Odyssey at the Wigmore Hall, Francesco Piemontesi performs the same programme at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam on 21 March 2016. Piemontesi's survey of Mozart's Piano Sonatas and solo keyboard works begins with Fantasia No.3 in D minor, K.397/385g, Piano Sonata No.6 in D major, K.284, Rondo in A minor, K.511 and Piano Sonata No.11 in A major, K.331.
Of the recital in London, Seen and Heard International wrote: "This programme, intelligently constructed, and equally intelligently performed, satisfied from beginning to end.” And Classical Source commented: "The start of the A-minor Rondo...gave an idea of Piemontesi’s ability to charge the smallest inflection with meaning, and his perception of the elaborations as both integral and insubstantial arose from playing of the greatest sophistication… To witness the economy of Piemontesi’s technique as well as his precise pedalling was a masterclass in the Classical style."
Francesco Piemontesi joins Royal Northern Sinfonia for Mozart Piano Concerto No.25
Francesco Piemontesi joins the Royal Northern Sinfonia and conductor Alexandre Bloch for a performance of Mozart Piano Concerto No. 25 at the Sage Gateshead on 3 March 2016. The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Piemontesi recently performed the concerto with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and fellow Intermusica artist Andrew Manze. The Herald Scotland wrote that “Francesco Piemontesi, in performances of wonderfully-unpretentious lucidity, brought the sheer symphonic weight of Mozart’s 25th Concerto in C major to the fore, though, refreshingly, not over-dominating the structure.”
Piemontesi then appears in recital at Birmingham Town Hall on 16 March, performing a programme of Mozart Rondo in A minor, K511, and Piano Sonata No.11 in A major, K331, followed by Schumann Kreisleriana and Busoni Toccata.
Franceso Piemontesi begins London Mozart cycle at Wigmore Hall
Francesco Piemontesi launches his Mozart cycle at Wigmore Hall on 25 January 2016, beginning his survey of Mozart’s Piano sonatas and solo keyboard works with the Fantasia in D minor. The programme also pairs the Rondo in A minor of 1787, audacious and forward-looking in its harmonies, with the equally unconventional Piano Sonata in A K331, famed for its iconoclastic Minuet and ‘Turkish’ Rondo.
The cycle continues with recitals at the Conctergebouw in March and June in addition to a further recital at Wigmore Hall, also in June.
Francesco Piemontesi & Andrew Manze return to Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Francesco Piemontesi and Andrew Manze return to the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin on 11 January 2016. Piemontesi joins Manze and the orchestra to perform Liszt Piano Conceto No.2 in a programme that also includes Brahms Tragic Overture and Schumann Symphony No.2.
Later in month, Piemontesi performs Ravel Piano Concerto with the Trondheim Symphony and Nicholas Collon on 21 January and with Nicholas Collon and the Residentie Orkest for two concerts in Den Haag on 29 and 30 January.
Francesco Piemontesi makes Gewandhausorchester Leipzig debut
Francesco Piemontesi makes his debut with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig in two concerts conducted by Sir Roger Norrington on 5 and 6 November 2015. Together they perform Dvorák's Piano Concerto in G minor, Op.33, which Piemontesi recorded for Naïve in 2013:
“Listening to Piemontesi...makes you wonder if it isn't time the Dvorak gained a place in the regular concerto repertoire.”
Piemontesi and Norrington have worked together many times before, including with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra in January 2015, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo in October 2014, and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin in December 2013.
The programme in Leipzig is completed with Elgar’s Elegy and Symphony No.1.
Francesco Piemontesi presents new programme in recital in Berlin and Zurich
Francesco Piemontesi presents a new recital programme this October, performing in Berlin on 11 October and in Zurich on 15 October 2015. Piemontesi pairs composers of the ‘Wiener Klassik’ era, such as Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, with the contemporary sounds of Karlheinz Stockhausen.
In Berlin, Piemontesi makes his debut at the Berliner Philharmoniker recital series at the Kammermusiksaal. The programme includes Haydn’s Variationes in F minor Hob. XVII:6, Beethoven’s Piano Sonata op.109 and 110 and Mozart’s Fantasy in D minor KV397, which he recorded for his Piano Works disc (Naïve, 2014), juxtaposed with Stockhausen’s Klavierstück IX and V.
Piemontesi gives the same programme at the Tonhalle in Zurich on the 15 October, where he performed earlier this year with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and Sir Roger Norrington.
Francesco Piemontesi releases recording of Debussy Préludes on Naïve
Francesco Piemontesi has released his new recording of Debussy’s complete Préludes on Naïve, his third recording for the French label. The recording is based on a new edition of the Préludes by Durand-Salabert-Eschig, co-directed by renowned French piano music scholar Roy Howat, who also wrote the liner notes for the CD. The recording is dedicated to Piemontesi’s teacher and mentor, pianist Cécile Ousset, who first introduced him to the music and advised him during the recording process.
Piemontesi’s regularly performs the Préludes in recital programmes. Talking about the music, he commented:
“[Debussy]’s works challenge the performer in myriad ways: they are technically demanding, but in addition to virtuosic pianism, Debussy requires an equally virtuosic handling of colours, shading and character. In 20th century music, this is not always a matter of course.”
In the press, Piemontesi’s performances of the Préludes always receive high praise:
“his playing took the breath away. He combined the black and white notes of Brouillards to create soft grey tonalities, and went on to dazzle us with a wonderful range of effects in which a flawless technique was put to the service of some very original interpretations”
"Francesco Piemontesi, at 30 a fully fledged master, played four Debussy Préludes in a manner to rival Pollini’s”
The recording is released on the 9 October in France, Benelux, Switzerland, Spain and Italy, and digitally worldwide; it will be available from 16 October in Germany and Austria, 30 October in the UK, and 13 November in the United States.
Francesco Piemontesi performs at Rheingau Musik Festival
Francesco Piemontesi starts the new season with a series of appearances at European summer festivals, including the prestigious Rheingau Musik Festival, performing both in solo and chamber repertoire.
Piemontesi joins forces with cellist Daniel Müller-Schott at the Rheingau Musik Festival in Hessen on 7 August 2015, with whom he recently released a CD of Britten, Prokofiev and Shostakovich’s cello sonatas on Orfeo. The pair perform Beethoven Cello Sonata No.2 in G minor, Op.5, No.2, Shostakovich Cello Sonata in D minor, Op.40, Schumann Adagio and Allegro, Op.70 and Brahms Cello Sonata No.2 in F major, Op.99. Piemontesi and Müller-Schott prepare for their Rheingau performance by presenting the same programme at Nymphenburg Hubertussaal on 4 August.
Piemontesi appears later in the month at Moritzburg Festival on 22 August, performing a ‘Portrait concert’ at Moritzburg church. Piemontesi performs a programme of Stockhausen ‘Klavierstück V’ and Beethoven Piano Sonata No.31 in A-flat major, Op.110, and he also plays chamber music works by Brahms and Schubert with other festival artists on 23 and 25 August at Moritzburg castle.
Piemontesi ends the month at his own festival in Ascona, where he is Artistic Director. On 31 August, he joins the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and Neeme Järvi for Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4. The following month he appears in a chamber music recital with cellist Jan Vogler on 28 September for a programme that includes Bach Cello Suites and Brahms Cello Sonata No.2.
Francesco Piemontesi plays Mozart at the BBC Proms 2015 with the Aurora Orchestra
Francesco Piemontesi plays Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.26 K.537 'Coronation' with the Aurora Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Collon, at the BBC Proms on Sunday 2 August.
The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and will be filmed and made available online on the BBC Proms website.
'I’m someone who loves to analyse a piece,’ says Francesco Piemontesi. ‘But with Mozart, once you’ve done that, there is still something you cannot explain.’
Piemontesi, who performs the ‘Coronation’ Piano Concerto at the Proms this year, has made a name for himself as an interpreter of Mozart. And this concerto is one of his favourites: ‘There is a simplicity that composers seem to get in their last works. This concerto may be less elaborate than the middle-period concertos but under the smooth surface you find so many different aspects.
Something else that’s particular to this concerto is that large sections of the left hand part are missing. So Piemontesi has written his own. ‘I wasn’t very happy with the part given its existing condition - it’s not completely what I would have expected. So I studied the way Mozart had written the left hand in other concertos and made my own version. It was a lot of work, but to be able to compose this was wonderful.'
The conductor is Nicholas Collon, one of Piemontesi’s favourite musicians to work with, and also a great friend. ‘There are some musicians whose breathing is exactly the same as yours,’ says Piemontesi: ‘you don’t have to look for every upbeat, you’re both receptive to the other person. We know we can trust each other.'
© BBC Proms
The programme on 2 August 2015, which the orchestra performs completely from memory, also includes contemporary music with Brett Dean’s ‘Pastoral Symphony’ and Anna Meredith’s ‘Smatter Hauler’, and Beethoven’s Symphony No.6 ‘Pastorale'.
Piemontesi’s appearance at the BBC Proms in 2014, with BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Thomas Søndergård, gathered unanimous praise for his interpretations of Strauss’s Burleske and Mozart’s Rondò in A minor K.386:
“Hands firmly positioned over the keys, the touch of this Swiss-Italian pianist remained deliciously light through all the work’s technical difficulties. Brilliant cascades shot out to dazzle us. He even generated appreciative chuckles as he jumped down to the lowest register in a chain of abrupt, knotty chords as the work’s whimsical end approached. The jewellery became more polished still after the interval in Mozart’s A minor Rondo, K.386, despatched with just the elegant ease and clarity this composer needs” Arts Desk
Francesco Piemontesi makes his debut at Kennedy Center in Washington DC
Francesco Piemontesi performs for the first time in Washington DC on 6 June 2015, with a solo recital at Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The characteristically eclectic programme for the performance at the Terrace Theater will juxtapose Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No.31 in A-flat major and Schumann’s Kreisleriana with a selection of Scarlatti’s Keyboard Sonatas and Mendelssohn’s Songs without Words.
A keen performer of contemporary music, Piemontesi also gives the world premiere of Berlin-based composer Maximilian Schnaus Piece (in soundscape). Schnaus dedicated the work to Piemontesi, saying that “[he] has the ability to conjure from the keyboard colours and shades of the highest tonal differentiation. Although the notation demands a high degree of exactitude, the pianistic demands are not just a question of purely mechanical precision, but rely on an interpreter, who understands how to lend perspective to piano tone”.
Francesco Piemontesi make Royal Festival Hall debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Francesco Piemontesi makes his Royal Festival Hall debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra on 14 May in a programme of Mendelssohn and Schumann, with further concerts in Leicester, Bedford and Norwich.
Piemontesi returns London from Stockholm, where he performed on 8 and 9 May with the Swedish Radio Symphony and David Afkahm. Piemontesi performed Bartók Piano Concerto No.3, and the first concert will be broadcast live on Swedish Radio.
Francesco Piemontesi makes his Royal Festival Hall debut with Philharmonia Orchestra
Francesco Piemontesi returns to the UK this month for four concerts with Jérémie Rhorer and the Philharmonia, beginning on 12 May 2015, and making his Royal Festival Hall debut on 14 May. Piemontesi plays Schumann Piano Concerto in a varied series of programmes that also features Dukas Overture to Polyeucte, Schubert Overture in the Italian Style and Mendelssohn Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Overture The Hebrides and Symphony No.4. The concerts will take place at De Montfort Hall, Leicester (12 May), Bedford Corn Exchange (13 May), the Royal Festival Hall (14 May) and the Norfolk and Norwich Festival at St Andrews Hall, Norwich (15 May).
Prior to this, Piemontesi travels to Stockholm for two concerts on 8 and 9 May with the Swedish Radio Symphony and David Afkahm. Piemontesi will perform Bartok Piano Concerto No.3, and the first concert will be broadcast live on Swedish Radio.
Antoine Tamestit & Francesco Piemontesi perform in trio with Jörg Widmann in Eindhoven & Hamburg
Antoine Tamestit and Francesco Piemontesi perform with Jörg Widmann at the Muziekgebouw Eindhoven on 15 April, and at Laeiszhalle Hamburg on 16 April. The trio regularly collaborate as chamber music partners and will perform a programme of works including Mozart, Schumann, Bruch, Kurtág and Widmann.
On 27 April Tamestit will return to London’s Wigmore Hall for a lunchtime concert which will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. The programme includes two Bach Cello Suites which Antoine transcribed for Viola and recorded for Naïve in 2012, plus a new work by Olga Neuwirth.
“From the moment Tamestit pulls his bow in the Prelude or the G major Suite (No.1), the music lifts right off its feet in a way that is hard to hear as anything other than a perfect fit.”
Gramophone, June 2013
Francesco Piemontesi performs with Vladimir Ashkenazy and European Union Youth Orchestra
On 7 April, Francesco Piemontesi performs Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4 with the European Union Youth Orchestra and its Principal Conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy at the Grand Théâtre de Provence in Aix. The concert, which also includes Haydn Symphony 49 ‘Passione’ and Mendelssohn Symphony No.4 ‘Italian’, forms part of the Aix Easter Festival as well as the orchestra’s European tour.
The concert marks Piemontesi’s second appearance at the festival, having already performed a chamber music concert with musicians including Renaud Capuçon, Jörg Widmann and Clemens Hagen, in the festival’s inaugural year in 2013. Earlier this season, he played the same Beethoven Concerto with the CBSO and Lahav Shani, a performance that was praised as “one of the most assured performances of the piece I can recall hearing” (Bachtrack, five stars).
Francesco Piemontesi performs with major German orchestras
Francesco Piemontesi has started the new year performing with four major German orchestras in February and March. On the 18 and 20 February he returned to Hannover, where he lived during his formative years, to perform Bartók’s Piano Concerto No.3 with the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover and Ilyich Rivas. The concert, broadcast on NDR, is now available online here. The same week, Piemontesi returned to Berlin to perform the piece at the Konzerthaus with RSO Berlin and its Principal Conductor Marek Janowski.
In March, he continues the stream of high-profile engagements with three concerts with Jesús López-Cobos and the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne at the Philharmonie on the 15, 16 and 17 March, juxtaposing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.26 with Messiaen’s ‘Oiseaux exotiques’. On the 26 and 27 March he will make his debut with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony with Manfred Honeck, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.25.
Francesco Piemontesi is New Artist of the Month on ‘Musical America’
US-based magazine Musical America features Francesco Piemontesi as “New Artist of the Month” on its January issue. The article focuses on the thorough preparation Piemontesi undergoes with each piece he performs, his formative years and mentors, and his commitment as Artistic Director at Settimane Musicali di Ascona, stating that “on and offstage, the 30-year-old exudes a rare balance of intellectual rigor and creative freedom”.
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In 2014, Piemontesi made his acclaimed debut with Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Festival, and he returns to North America in June for a performance at Washington Kennedy Center.
Francesco Piemontesi: a year of achievements and debuts
2014 has been a defining year for Francesco Piemontesi, with debuts with major orchestras all around the globe and a much-praised solo recording. Highlights of his orchestral debuts include NHK Symphony with Roger Norrington, OSESP with Andrew Manze, and Helsinki Philharmonic with Kazuki Yamada.
Over the summer, Piemontesi’s debut at the BBC Proms with Thomas Søndergård and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, where he performed Strauss’s Burleske and Mozart’s Rondò in A major, was met with unified praise: “Francesco Piemontesi sparkled with dashing insouciance, only to contrast that with playing of lyrical beauty in Mozart’s Rondo in A major, K386” (Financial Times). On the other side of the Atlantic, he performed Mozart Piano Concerto No.27 with the Cleveland Orchestra to an audience of thousands, as part of the Blossom Music Festival.
He has made much-awaited comebacks to orchestras such as the Hallé in Manchester, and he has toured Switzerland and Italy with Royal Philharmonic and Charles Dutoit. In November, a performance of Beethoven Piano Concert No.4 with City of Birmingham Symphony and Lahav Shani was described, in a five-star review on Bachtrack, as “one of the most assured performances of the piece I can recall hearing”.
In recital, Piemontesi returned to Rotterdam De Doelen, BOZAR at Royal Conservatoire Brussels and Wigmore Hall in London, and made his debut at Berlin and Vienna Konzerthaus.
Mozart Piano Works, released in April on Naïve Classique, has garnered widespread acclaim for its maturity and refinement, consolidating him as “a Mozartian force to be reckoned with” (Jessica Duchen, BBC Music Magazine).
Piemontesi ends the year with a return to some of the ensembles with whom he enjoys a longstanding relationship. Together with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Olari Elts, he will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.4 at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh on the 3 December, taking it afterwards to Glasgow Ayr and Perth. Two weeks later, he performs the same work with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Thomas Zehetmair at Sage Gateshead, as part of the hall’s 10 years celebrations. The concert will be recorded for deferred broadcast on ClassicFM.
Piemontesi will also return for a mini-tour with Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, playing at Geneva’s Victoria Hall on the 10 December, Salle Equilibre in Fribourg on the 11 December, and the Salle de Musique in La Chaux-de-Fonds on 12 December. He performs Dvorák’s Concerto for piano and orchestra in G minor, which he recorded for Naïve in 2012. The concert in Geneva will be broadcast live on radio RTS Espace 2.
Francesco Piemontesi: Helsinki Philharmonic debut & returns to Hallé & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras
In November, Francesco Piemontesi returns to two major orchestra in England and makes his debut with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.
On 6 November, he will perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.4 at Birmingham Symphony Hall with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and conductor Lahav Shani.
Later in the month, Piemontesi returns to the Hallé Orchestra with two performances of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.2 under conductor Christian Macelaru, the recently-appointed Conductor-in-Residence of the Philadelphia Orchestra and a regular guest at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The first concert takes place at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on the 20 November, while the second takes place on 24 November at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham, where the Hallé is resident orchestra. The Nottingham concert will also be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
On 14 November Piemontesi will travel to Helsinki, where he will make his first appearance with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Kazuki Yamada, who will also be making his debut with the orchestra. At the Helsinki Music Centre he will perform Ravel's Piano Concerto in G major, in a programme that also includes Manuel de Falla's orchestral suites from Three-Cornered Hat and Ravel's La valse. Piemontesi performed with Yamada, the Principal Conductor of the Japan Philharmonic, earlier this year in two performances with the CBSO.
Lahav Shani: UK debut with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra & soloist Francesco Piemontesi
Lahav Shani makes his UK debut conducting the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra on 6 November at Symphony Hall.
The programme begins with Prokofiev War and Peace Overture, after which Shani is joined by fellow Intermusica artist Francesco Piemontesi for Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4. The concert will finish with Prokofiev Symphony No.5.
For Piemontesi, this is his third appearance in 2014 with the orchestra, after two concerts in January when he performed Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.
Francesco Piemontesi performs Strauss and Mozart at the BBC Proms
On 11 August Francesco Piemontesi makes his Royal Albert Hall debut at the BBC Proms, performing with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Principal Conductor Thomas Søndergård.
He will perform Strauss’s virtuosic Burleske, as part of Richard Strauss’s 150th birthday celebrations, with Mozart’s Rondo in A major K.386 in the second half of the concert. The programme will include another homage to Strauss with his work Tod und Verklärung, Op.24, and will end with Carl Nielsen’s Symphony No.5.
Piemontesi's previous appearance in the BBC Proms season was a recital in 2010 at Cadogan Hall, where he performed as part of the BBC New Generation Artists scheme.
“A refined, probing, uncompromising intelligence”: the Spectator on Francesco Piemontesi
British magazine The Spectator published a feature on Francesco Piemontesi ahead of his Proms concert with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in August.
Focusing on Piemontesi’s recording of Schumann’s Piano Sonata No.3 in F minor (Claves, 2009), journalist and writer Damian Thompson praises him as a pianist of “refined, probing, uncompromising intelligence”, comparing his approach to the architecture of a piece, for example, to that of Alfred Brendel.
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Critical acclaim for Francesco Piemontesi’s Schumann and Dvořák recording with BBC Symphony Orchestra
Francesco Piemontesi’s recording of Schumann and Dvořák’s Piano Concerti with the BBC Symphony and Jiri Belohlavek has received critical praise since it was released on Naïve in May.
In a 4-star review, Jessica Duchen wrote in BBC Music Magazine that “his performances in these two warm-hearted concertos amply display his pure-spirited, intelligent artistry”, and praised his piano playing as “refulgent and refined in tone, immaculately phrased, melodies sculpted with the expressiveness of a Lieder singer”.
In the International Record Review, Robert Matthew-Walker praised Piemontesi in the Dvořák Concerto “for playing the composer’s original published solo part and not one of the many alterations or ‘improvements’ that have been foisted upon it by well-meaning but misguided pianists”. The Guardian also focused on Piemontesi’s playing in the same Concerto, underlying the technically demanding score and declaring that “Francesco Piemontesi has all the technique required – the clarity of his playing is remarkable”.
Piemontesi recalled in several interviews how he discovered and appreciated the Dvořák’s Piano Concerto at an early age. His thoughts on the piece have been collected in the September/October 2013 issue of International Piano Magazine.
Piemontesi is currently working on his second CD with Naïve Classique, a recording of Mozart Sonatas which will be released in the first half of 2014.
Click here to watch Piemontesi recording with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and talking about the CD.