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artist in residence

Francesco Piemontesi

Francesco Piemontesi is 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, 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".

Francesco Piemontesi appears with major ensembles worldwide: Berlin Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony, NHK Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Vienna Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Montréal Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Tonhalle-Orchestra Zurich, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestra Nazionale della RAI di Torino and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

He has performed with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Thomas Dausgaard, Charles Dutoit, Sir Mark Elder, Ivan Fischer, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Manfred Honeck, Marek Janowski, Neeme Järvi, Emmanuel Krivine, Ton Koopman, Zubin Mehta, Sir Roger Norrington, Gianandrea Noseda, Sakari Oramo, Lahav Shani, Sir Antonio Pappano and Yuri Temirkanov.

At the beginning of the 2020-21 season, Piemontesi made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic and Lahav Shani, in a concert that was streamed on live on the orchestra's Digital Concert Hall platform. The Berliner Zeitung described Piemontesi as offering "a captivating story in constantly changing colors". Piemontesi also performs chamber music with a variety of partners including Leif Ove Andsnes, Yuri Bashmet, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Stephen Kovacevich, Heinrich Schiff, Christian Tetzlaff, Jörg Widmann, Tabea Zimmermann and the Emerson Quartet. In solo recital, he has appeared in many prestigious venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Philharmonie, Zürich Tonhalle, Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein, Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York and Suntory Hall Tokyo.


Piemontesi has performed at the Salzburg, Lucerne, Edinburgh, Verbier and Aix-en-Provence Festivals, La Roque d’Anthéron, Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festivals and at New York's Mostly Mozart Festival.

In the 2018-19 season Piemontesi released the album Liszt: Deuxième Année from Années de Pelerinage and St François d'Assise: La prédication aux oiseaux, as well as 'Première année: Suisse' and St. François de Paule: marchant sur les flots, combined with a documentary by French filmmaker Bruno Monsaingeon, a double CD and DVD for Orfeo. In 2019-20, he released Schubert Last Piano Sonatas with Pentatone, includes Piano Sonatas Nos. 19 and 20. Prior recordings include Mozart Piano Concertos Nos. 25 and 26 with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Andrew Manze on Linn, and for Naïve he has recorded Debussy Préludes, Mozart solo piano works and Schumann and Dvořák Piano Concertos with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jiří Bělohlávek.

Born in Locarno, Francesco Piemontesi studied with Arie Vardi before working with Alfred Brendel, Murray Perahia, Cécile 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.

Since 2012, Piemontesi has been the Artistic Director of the Settimane Musicali di Ascona.


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Francesco Piemontesi

Francesco Piemontesi presents his season at the OSR (French only)

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Francesco Piemontesi

Francesco Piemontesi presents Schumann's piano concerto in A minor (French only)

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Francesco Piemontesi

Francesco Piemontesi presents Ravel's piano concert in G major (French only)


Friday 28.08.2020, 9pm, Genève Plage

Wednesday 07.10.2020, 8pm, Victoria Hall

Thursday 08.10.2020, 12:30pm, Victoria Hall

Wednesday 02.12.2020, 8pm, Victoria Hall
Thursday 03.12.2020, 8:15pm, Salle Métropole

Friday 29.01.21, 8pm, Victioira Hall

Sunday 18.04.21, 11am, Bâtiment des Forces Motrices

Previous Artists in Residence

previous seasons

The OSR's first composer in residence: Season 2019-20

Yann Robin is one of those rare contemporary composers who seems to conceive their creation (however intense, demanding, enigmatic it may be) as a privileged occasion to communicate with the public. After having already completed a three-year residency with the Orchestre National de Lille, he was hosted by the OSR for the 2019-20 season, creating the opportunity for the public to join him in discovering works charged with telluric energy and a profound sonorous poetry.

As the OSR's first composer-in-residence, Yann Robin delivered two of his works during the season, before arrival of the global COVID-19 pandemic. He seeks to push the limits of technique to create new sonorities, inducing new sensations in the listener.

Works by Yann Robin performed by the OSR :

Quarks, for cello and large orchestra (Swiss creation)

Vertigo, for solo double bass

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The Fondation for the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Maestro Jonathan Nott renew their collaboration!

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Cité de la Musique

Free exhibitions and concerts

Discover the Cité de la Musique project through a traveling exhibition that will be visible in different districts of Geneva starting September 2020.

The exhibition, organized in close collaboration with the City of Geneva, will be accompanied by concerts given by the students of the HEM and the musicians of the OSR.

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