Harpsichord; Thorough Bass (SCB, Musikhochschulen FHNW)
Francesco Corti was born in Arezzo, Italy, into a musical family. He studied Organ in Perugia with W. van de Pol, then harpsichord in Geneva with A. Fedi and in Amsterdam with B. van Asperen.
He was awarded the first prize at the Bach-Wettbewerb in Leipzig in 2006 and a second prize at the Early Music Competition of Bruges in 2007.
As a soloist, he has appeared in recitals and concerts all over Europe, the USA, Mexico, the far East and in New Zealand. He has been invited by festivals such as the Salzburg Festspiele, the BachFest Leipzig, the MusikFest Bremen, the Utrecht Oude Muziek and has performed in halls such as the Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Bozar in Bruxelles, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Mozarteum and the Haus für Mozart in Salzburg and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
He performs with ensembles such as Ensemble Zefiro (Bernardini), Harmonie Universelle (Deuter), Les Talens Lyriques (Rousset), Le Concert des Nations (Savall). Since 2007 he has been a member of Les Musiciens du Louvre (Minkowski) with whom he has taken part to numerous tours and recordings and has performed concertos by Bach, Händel, Haydn and Mozart. He is regularly invited as conductor of this Ensemble. He has also conducted two European tours as leader of the Holland Baroque Society.
His solo recordings include a CD of Louis Couperin Suites and the Partitas by J. S. Bach.
New releases for 2016 include a CD of Haydn harpsichord sonatas (Aparte) and the two piano quartets by Mozart recorded on the original instrument owned by the composer, now in Salzburg (Decca).
Francesco Corti will join the faculty of the SCB effective September 2016 as the new professor of harpsichord.
Foto: C. Doutre 2015