FRANCESCO LIBETTA Piano
Soloist, conductor, composer and teacher, Francesco Libetta is a rare artist described by Aldo Ciccolini as “the most gifted musician of his time” who has amazed audiences across the globe with the dazzling speed and brilliance of his playing. In his early twenties, Francesco was one of the first Italian pianists to perform all 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas and at the same time, became the first (and only) pianist to perform Godowsky’s 53 Studies on Chopin’s Études from memory. The studies are renowned for their technical difficulty and had previously been deemed unplayable.
Living in Lecce, Francesco Libetta has performed extensively in Italy including recitals in Florence, Rome and at the Festival Spoleto, and appeared with the main Italian orchestras: RAI Torino, RAI Napoli and the Verdi Orchestra in Milan. Outside of Italy, Francesco has also been invited to perform in Hong Kong, Tokyo, where he just gave a series of concerts; Miami Piano Festival, Lincoln Center (USA); Chopin Festival in Duszniki Zdrój, Lodz (Poland); La Roque d’Anthéron, Liszt-en-Provence, Festival d’Auvers sur Oise, Salle Cortot in Paris (France); and at the prestigious Laeizhalle in Hamburg, which he returned to last season.
His repertoire knows no bounds and includes, amongst great works such as Haendel and Chopin’s complete piano repertoire, lesser known composers whose music he plays with the same dedication: Alkan, Godowsky, D’Avalos, Friedman and Gesualdo. His outstanding memory and the intelligence with which he plays each piece were acclaimed by the famous critic Harold Schonberg: “He obviously can play, most convincingly, everything he wants, and he has an acute feeling for style”. His discography reflects his eclecticism and includes works by Beethoven, Ravel, Czerny, Balakirev and Brahms. His recordings are published by VAI in the United States, a label for whom he has recorded since the early 2000’s.
The famous documentary director Bruno Monsaingeon described an encounter with the young Libetta as “staggering”, “one of the most brilliant virtuoso of our time.” This meeting led to Monsaingeon filming Libetta’s recital at the Festival de La Roque d’Anthéron (France). The DVD was acclaimed by the press upon its release and awarded the Diapason d’Or and CHOC de Le Monde de la Musique: “his technique reminds the great masters, Rachmaninov, Lhevinne, Friedmann, Rosenthal and his musicianship turns any challenging pieces into pure gold” (Olivier Bellamy).
FRANCESCO LIBETTA Piano