Born in 1981 in Luxembourg, Francesco Tristano Schlimé attended conservatories in Luxembourg, Brussels, Riga and Paris before entering The Juilliard School where he earned the degrees of Bachelor and Master of Music. He has studied with Béatrice Rauchs, Emile Naoumoff, Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden, Jerome Lowenthal, Jacob Lateiner, Rosalyn Tureck, Bruce Brubaker and Mikhail Pletnev. He is the winner of the first prize of the 2004 "Concours International de piano XXe siècle d'Orléans" (France).
Francesco Tristano Schlimé has participated in numerous festivals, and performed as soloist in many concerts in Europe, Asia and South America. He made his USA debut as a soloist in 2000 with Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra. He has since performed with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchstre Symphonique d'Orléans, Chamber Orchestra of Wroclaw, Orchestre Royal de chambre de Wallonie, New Juilliard Ensemble in New York, under the batons of Claus-Peter Flor, Pierre-Michel Durand, Jean-Marc Cochereau, Georges Octors, Janos Fürst and Joel Sachs.
In 2001, Francesco Tristano Schlimé founded the chamber orchestra The New Bach Players with which he performs as both soloist and conductor. In 2004 he presented and conducted, at the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg and the Beaux-Arts in Brussels, an original transcription/adaptation for piano and strings of Antonio Vivaldi's Four Seasons.
Francesco Tristano Schlimé has been composing and improvising since childhood. E pur si muove and his Sonnet for viola and cello are examples of his early compositions in the classical style. Inspired as well by contemporary genres, he has written jazz works for solo piano and jazz ensembles. He also explores his interest in improvisation together with pianist Rami Khalifé (with whom he integrates the band Aufgang) or with soloists of the Russian National Orchestra. The depth and maturity of Francesco Tristano Schlimé's musical culture enable him to combine, with unusual ease, his love for classical music, jazz, contemporary music, improvisation and composition.
Francesco Tristano Schlimé has recorded the Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) and the complete cycle of J.S. Bach's keyboard concertos with the New Bach Players, available from CD Accord, in Warsaw. His recording of Luciano Berio's complete piano works has been released in 2005 under the label of Sisyphe/Abeille Musique in France. Recently, his debut recording on PentaTone Classics, the Ravel piano concerto in G and Prokofiev piano concerto no 5 Op. 55, with Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra, has been released.
Francesco Tristano Schlimé currently lives in Barcelona where he studies contemporary music at the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya with Jordi