Francesco Corti

Francesco Corti

‘His playing is a powerhouse of unbridled vivacity, exciting and excitable in equal measure’
BBC Music Magazine

Biography

Francesco Corti w­­as born in 1984 in Arezzo, Italy, to a musical family. He studied organ in Perugia, then harpsichord in Geneva and in Amsterdam. He won top prizes at the Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig (2006) and the Bruges Harpsichord Competition (2007).

As a soloist, he has appeared in recitals and concerts all over the world. He has been a guest at festivals such as Mozart Woche and the Salzburger Festpiele, BachFest Leipzig, MusikFest Bremen, Utrecht Early Music Festival and Festival Radio France Montpellier. He has performed in halls such as Salle Pleyel (Paris), Bozar (Bruxelles), Konzerthaus (Vienna), Tonhalle (Zürich), Mozarteum and Haus für Mozart (Salzburg) and Concertgebouw (Amsterdam).

He is a member of Les Musiciens du Louvre (Minkowski), Zefiro (Bernardini), the Bach Collegium Japan (Suzuki), Les Talens Lyriques (Rousset), Harmonie Universelle (Deuter) and Le Concert des Nations (Savall).

Since 2015 he has been a regular conductor for Les Musiciens du Louvre and was appointed principal guest conductor of il Pomo d’Oro in 2018.

Among other projects with this ensemble, he has conducted a European tour of Handel’s Orlando. He was invited to lead B’Rock, the Nederlandse Bachvereniging and Holland Baroque. In 2021 he will conduct a production of Handel’s Agrippina at the Royal Theater in Drottningholm (Stockholm, Sweden).

His solo recordings include a CD of Louis Couperin Suites; the Partitas by J. S. Bach; Haydn Sonatas; and the two piano quartets and the piano concerto K. 488 by Mozart. His has also recorded Bach’s complete keyboard Concertos with Pomo d’Oro for Pentatone. His latest album, Little Books (Arcana), was awarded a Diapason d’Or.

He has taught in masterclasses all over Europe, in Latin America and in Asia. Since September 2016, he has been Professor of Harpsichord at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.

Discography

J.S. Bach: Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord
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Robert Smith (viola da gamba) Francesco Corti (harpsichord) The cembalo-obbligato sonata r..
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