Francesco Piemontesi is a pianist of exceptional refinement of expression allied to a consummate technical skill. Widely renowned for his interpretation of Mozart's works and early Romantic repertoire, Mr. Piemontesi performs with a pianism and sensibility that have a close affinity with the later 19th-century and 20th-century repertoire of Brahms, Liszt, Dvořák, Ravel, Debussy, Bartók, and beyond.
Mr. Piemontesi appears worldwide with major orchestras in Boston, Los Angeles, Cleveland, London, Scandinavia, Paris, Montreal, and throughout Europe and Japan. He has performed with conductors such as Thomas Dausgaard, Mark Elder, Iván Fischer, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Manfred Honeck, Marek Janowski, Neeme Järvi, Emmanuel Krivine, Ton Koopman, Zubin Mehta, Roger Norrington, Gianandrea Noseda, Sakari Oramo, Antonio Pappano, and Yuri Temirkanov. He has given recitals in many prestigious venues, including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Berlin’s Philharmonie, Zürich’s Tonhalle, Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein, New York’s Carnegie Hall and David Geffen Hall, and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. He launched major Schubert cycles at the Shubertiade Festival in 2018 and at London’s Wigmore Hall in 2019.
In fall 2019, he released Schubert’s Last Piano Sonatas (on Pentatone), which includes the last three sonatas, D.958–D.960. His prior recordings include Mozart’s Piano Concertos Nos. 25 and 26 with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and Schumann’s and Dvořák’s Piano Concertos with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Francesco Piemontesi rose to international prominence with prizes at several major competitions, including the 2007 Queen Elisabeth Competition; between 2009 and 2011, he was chosen as a BBC New Generation Artist. Since 2012 he has been the artistic director of the Settimane Musicali di Ascona.