We are thrilled to welcome pianist Francesco Piemontesi to our roster for worldwide general management. An artist of exceptional refinement of expression, which is allied to a consummate technical skill, Piemontesi is widely renowned for his interpretation of Mozart and the early Romantic repertoire, and his pianism and sensibility has a close affinity too with the later 19th century and 20th century repertoire of Brahms, Liszt, Dvořák, Ravel, Debussy, Bartók and beyond. Of one of his great teachers and mentors, Alfred Brendel, Piemontesi says that Brendel taught him “to love the detail of things”.
This season he debuted with Berliner Philharmoniker, and the Berliner Zeitung described Piemontesi as offering “a captivating story in constantly changing colors”. He is this season’s Artist in Residence at Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, marking the first-ever residency the Orchestra has named. This summer he performs at the Verbier Festival, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, and Septembre Musicale in Montreux-Vevey.
Much sought-after by top orchestras such as London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Budapest Festival Orchestra, he works with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Sir Antonio Pappano, Fabio Luisi, Gianandrea Noseda and Daniel Harding.
Artistic Director of the Settimane Musicali di Ascona since 2012, Piemontesi’s chamber music partners include Leif Ove Andsnes, Yuri Bashmet, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Leonidas Kavakos, Stephen Kovacevich, Heinrich Schiff, Christian Tetzlaff, Jörg Widmann, Tabea Zimmermann and the Emerson Quartet.