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Francesco Piemontesi scoops BBC Music Magazine Best Newcomer Award as he signs to Naïve Classics

“A musician of rare intelligence”
Sunday Times, August 2011

“Composer wins over ego, musical integrity over flashiness.... You have to stop and listen.”
The Observer, August 2011


One of today’s leading new generation pianists, Francesco Piemontesi, has been named Best Newcomer at today’s BBC Music Magazine Awards. In awarding Piemontesi the coveted Francesco Piemontesi scoops BBC Music Magazine Best Newcomer Award prize, Helen Wallace, Chair of the Awards Jury commented:

“Clarity of thought is complemented by clarity of touch, incisive intellect by a good dose of fantasy…this is a seriously classy pianist.”

A pupil of Alfred Brendel, Piemontesi rose to international prominence after receiving prizes at several major competitions, including the 2007 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. A superb reputation was then firmly established as a concerto, chamber and solo artist after being invited to perform by the world’s leading concert houses and with the world’s leading orchestras including the London Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna, Zurich and Scottish Chamber Orchestras.

The Award is given as Piemontesi signs to Naïve Classics following several offers from rival labels. Piemontesi’s minimum three recordings for the renowned French label will consist of works by Mozart and Debussy, with the first release set for 2013. Didier Martin, Director of Naïve Classics, comments

“When I first heard Francesco play, I was immediately drawn to the sensitivity of his touch and was impressed by his choice of repertoire. We’re delighted to welcome Francesco to Naïve and look forward to a fruitful partnership.”

As one of the very few artists belonging to the BBC New Generation Artist scheme as well as holding a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, Piemontesi’s previous recordings include those for EMI Classics as part of the ‘Martha Argerich and Friends’ series, a highly acclaimed Schumann recording for Claves Records and most recently a critically-lauded recital CD with works by Handel, Brahms, Bach and Liszt: “Piemontesi combines communicative panache with remarkable insight. 4*” [Daily Telegraph]

A deeply thoughtful ‘pianist’s pianist’, Piemontesi also has a prevailing passion for physics, and studies books on science to relax. He comments

“I’m thrilled to begin this journey with naive, which will allow me to  explore repertoire possibilities and develop recording projects over the long term.”

Highlights of the current and forthcoming seasons include performances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Jiri Belohlavek, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with David Afkham and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Nicholas Collon. Solo recitals include those at the 2012 Edinburgh International Festival, Southbank Centre, Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and further concerts in Rome, Florence, Milan, Munich, Berlin, Baden-Baden, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Bad Kissingen and La Roque d’Anthéron.