one piano, one pianist. Here, Francesco Tristano does what he does best: piano playing. In his piano recitals, which he has been giving since age 13, he explores an extreme or marginal repertoire, linking ancient composers like Girolamo Frescobaldi or Orlando Gibbons with the likes of John Cage, Luciano Berio or his own work. The music of Johann Sebastian Bach has been a leitmotif ever since Francesco started playing the piano. After the concertos and the French Suites, this season sees Francesco focusing on the Partitas and presenting his debut album on deutsche gramophone: ‘bachCage’. In recent years FT has been an advocate of exploring new shapes of the piano recital: programs are often interpreted without breaks (“playlist”- like) and /or amplified, exploring the sonic possibilities of the instrument through real-time processing.
Soloist with orchestra
performing with orchestra since the age of 12, Francesco gave his US concerto debut in 2000 in Ann Arbor, Michigan performing Scriabin with the Russian National Orchestra lead by Mikhail Pletnev. During his student years, He gave the US premiere of Hans Abrahamsen’s Piano Concerto in New York City. This season sees Francesco as artist-in-residence at the Hamburger Symphoniker where Francesco is performing piano concertos by Messiaen, Debussy & Prokofiev. Apart from specializing in concertos of the 20th century, Francesco has co-founded The New Bach Players, a chamber orchestra with whom he toured Europe and recorded the Complete piano concertos by Bach. All conducted by Francesco from the piano.
Francesco Tristano Schlimé & the Russian National Orchestra
Conductor Mikhail Pletnev
Recorded @ The Grand Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory
Moscow – April 2005
MAURICE RAVEL (1875-1937)
PIANO CONCERTO IN G (1931)
Live Club Set
rhythm is rhythm, music is music. And it would definitely sound different without Tristano. Whether he races across the keys or tweaks the knobs of his various controllers and synthesizers, FT explores a new symbiosis between the organic and the sequence, generating a new form of dance music. Thanks to Tristano, avant-garde is back in the clubs.
aufgang was first called into existence at Barcelona’s Sonar Festival in 2005. With his brothers Rami Khalifé (piano) and Aymeric Westrich (drums), Francesco searches for a new musical language that reconciles intricate piano composition with club culture and hi-energy drumming. Halfway between acoustics and electronica, the aufgang sound evades most musical labels instead forming a constantly evolving amalgam. In Aufgang’s own words: “The focus is not as theoretical but cultural: We wanted to explain our history and to express the cultural mix we live in today”.
over the past years, FT has collaborated with several electronic music artists, the most notable being Carl Craig, Moritz von Oswald, Agoria and Murcof. In live performances as Versus (feat. ‘Les Siecles’, a chamber orchestra from France), Innerzone Orchestra or Auricle Bio On he has developed several projects that were critically acclaimed. Francesco also performs with Rami Khalife, his piano partner from Aufgang, as an acoustic piano duet.