|"He wants to be challenged, to challenge himself, know his limits. Only by knowing how far you can go can you have the confidence: that from thinking and that from playing."
"...he compares with the best in his field."
The Swiss pianist, Homero Francesch, was born in Montevideo. He attended piano lessons under Santiago Baranda Reyes in Uruguay and in 1967 he was awarded a scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). He then went on to study in Munich under Hugo Steurer and Ludwig Hoffmann.
He has taken part in numerous televised music productions, including among others, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major, which was awarded the Prix Italia in 1973, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Leonard Bernstein, Hans Werner Henze’s “Tristan” with the Cologne-based WDR Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer, Haydn’s Concerto in D Major and Mendelssohn’s Concerto in D Minor in a concert with The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields under Sir Neville Marriner and original solo recitals with works by Mozart, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Albeniz, de Falla, Villa-Lobos and Alberto Ginastera.
He has been invited to perform as a soloist by the most renowned orchestras from all over the world such as, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, all the radio symphony orchestras in Germany, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de France, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI Torino or the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich.
Homero Francesch has played together with Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Masur, Sir Colin Davis, Gary Bertini, Herbert Blomstedt, Riccardo Chailly, Eliahu Inbal, Neeme Järvi, Zdenek Macal, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Marek Janovski, Michael Gielen, Witold Rowicki, Karl Richter, Hiroshi Wakasugi, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Charles Mackerras, Charles Dutoit and many others.
He has been invited to perform at numerous festivals such as, the Berliner Festwochen, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, the Wiener Festwochen, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Ruhr Piano Festival, the Prague Spring, the Salzburg Festival, the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest, the Cervantino Festival in Mexico, the Schubertiade, Aix en Provence, the Kasseler Musiktage, Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland, the Duzniki Chopin Festival in Poland or the Bach Festival in London with Bernstein.
Homero Francesch holds a professorship at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK) and is teaching there a soloist class since more than 30 years. He serves as a jury member at numerous international piano competitions. From 2004 to 2009 he was the Artistic Director of the Sommer Akademie Lenk in Switzerland. Since 2006 he is the Artistic Director of the Viersener Musiksommer. www.viersener-musiksommer.de