The Swiss pianist, Francesco Piemontesi, studied with Nora Doallo in Lugano and with Arie Vardi at the Hannover 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 Brussels 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 the festivals: Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, BBC Proms, Cheltenham Music Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Kissinger Sommer City of London Festival, Lucerne Festival, Ludwigsburg, Martha Argerich Project in Lugano, New York Mostly Mozart Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Roque d'Anthéron Festival, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, Chopin International Music Festival Warsaw; and can look back on performances at the halls/venues: Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Philharmonie in Berlin, Southbank Centre and Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna. In 2012, he was announced as Artistic Director of the Settimane Musicali di Ascona, a music festival near his home town Locarno..
Francesco Piemontesi has played as soloist with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphonieorchester, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Belgian National Orchestra, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestre National de Lille, Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Osaka Philharmonic, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Tonkünstler-Orchester, Sinfonia Varsovia and Zürcher Kammerorchester,. He has collaborated with conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Jiří Bělohlávek, Charles Dutoit, Thierry Fischer, Lawrence Foster, Marek Janowski, Zubin Mehta on tour with the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino), Roger Norrington, Sakari Oramo, Mikhail Pletnev, Christoph Poppen, Eiji Oue, Vassily Petrenko, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, and Bruno Weil.
Francesco Piemontesi nurtures a special artistic interest in chamber music. He has played with Yuri Bashmet, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Daniel Müller-Schott, Emmanuel Pahud, Heinrich Schiff, Antoine Tamestit, Jörg Widmann, Emerson String Quartet and Ebène Quartet.
Francesco Piemontesi has recorded for EMI Classics as part of the Martha Argerich and Friends series, and his discoraphy also includes: Robert Schumann: Piano Work (2-CD, Claves 2009);. Recital: George Frideric Handel, Johannes Brahms, J.S. Bach, Franz Liszt (Avanti classics, 2010); Frank Martin: Intégrale des Oeuvres pour Flûte (Emmanuel Pahud, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Thierry Fischer) (Musiques Suisses, 2012); R. Schumann | Dvorak: Piano concertos (BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jiří Bělohlávek) (Naïve Records, 2013); W.A. Mozart: Piano works (Naïve Records, 2014); Debussy: Preludes, (Naïve Records, 2015).