Francesco Piemontesi – Liszt: Années de pèlerinage I, S. 160 “Suisse” & Légende No. 2 (2018)
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Francesco Piemontesi i s a pianist of exceptional refinement of expression, which is allied to a consummate technical skill. Widely renowned for his interpretation of Mozart and the early Romantic repertoire, Piemontesi’s pianism and sensibility has a close affinity too with the later 19th century and 20th century repertoire of Brahms, Liszt, Dvořák, Ravel, Debussy, Bartok and beyond. Of one of his great teachers and mentors, Alfred Brendel, Piemontesi says that Brendel taught him “to love the detail of things”.
Born in Locarno, Francesco Piemontesi studied with Arie Vardi before working with Alfred Brendel, Murray Perahia, Cecile Ousset and Alexis Weissenberg. He rose to international prominence with prizes at several major competitions, including the 2007 Queen Elisabeth Competition, and between 2009-11 he was chosen as a BBC New Generation Artist.
Francesco Piemontesi appears with major ensembles worldwide: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, DSO and Berlin Radio Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Vienna Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic, London Symphony Orcherstra, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, The Halle, Tonhalle-Orchestra Zurich, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de France, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Israel Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, Pit tsburgh Symphony, Dallas Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic.
He has performed with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Nicholas Collon, Charles Dutoit, Sir Mark Elder, Iven Fischer, Mirga Gražinytė- Tyla, Manfred Honeck, Marek Janowski, Neeme Jarvi, Ton Koopman, Andrew Manze, Zubin Mehta, Sir Roger Norrington, Gianandrea Noseda, Sakari Oramo and Yuri Temirkanov. Piemontesi is also a natural and keen chamber musician and plays with a variety of partners – Leif Ove Andsnes, Yuri Bashmet, Renaud and Gautier Capucon, Emmanuel Pahud, Daniel Muller-Schott, Christian Tetzlaff, Tabea Zimmermann and the Emerson Quartet.
In solo recital, he has appeared in many prestigious venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Rotterdam De Doelen, Berlin Philharmonie, Zurich Tonhalle, Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein, Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York, and Suntory Hall Tokyo. In January 2016, Piemontesi launched his complete Mozar t Odyssey at the Wigmore Hall, performing the sonatas in a series of recitals over the course of three seasons. Piemontesi has performed at the Verbier Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, La Roque d’Antheron, Chopin International Music Festival in Warsaw, Lucerne Festival, Schubertiade, Aix-en-Provence Easter Festival, Rheingau and Schleswig-Holstein festivals and New York Mostly Mozart Festival.
Since 2012, Piemontesi has been the Artistic Director of the Settimane Musicali di Ascona.
01. Années de pèlerinage I, S. 160 “Suisse”: No. 1. La chapelle de Guillaume Tell (The Chapel of William Tell)
02. Années de pèlerinage I, S. 160 “Suisse”: No. 2. Au lac de Wallenstadt (At the Lake of Wallenstadt)
03. Années de pèlerinage I, S. 160 “Suisse”: No. 3. Pastorale (Pastoral)
04. Années de pèlerinage I, S. 160 “Suisse”: No. 4. Au bord d’une source (Beside a Spring)
05. Années de pèlerinage I, S. 160 “Suisse”: No. 5. Orage (Storm)
06. Années de pèlerinage I, S. 160 “Suisse”: No. 6. Vallée d’Obermann (Valley of Obermann)
07. Années de pèlerinage I, S. 160 “Suisse”: No. 7. Eglogue (Eclogue)
08. Années de pèlerinage I, S. 160 “Suisse”: No. 8. Le mal du pays (Homesickness)
09. Années de pèlerinage I, S. 160 “Suisse”: No. 9. Les cloches de Genève (The Bells of Geneva)
10. 2 Légendes, S. 175: 2 Légendes, S175/R17: No. 2. St. François de Paule marchant sur les flots
Francesco Piemontesi, piano