Francesco Palmieri (*1996) is an Italian classical and electric guitarist. His artistic practice focuses on contemporary music, ranging from free improvisation to music theatre, performing concerts on classical and electric guitar, mandolin and banjo, with fixed media, live electronics and video.
At 17 he debuted as a soloist with orchestra at the Teatro dell’Aquila in Fermo and as a result was awarded the scholarship Lina Cinque. Since then, he has performed as a soloist, with orchestra, in ensembles and in various chamber music groups in numerous festivals and concert halls in Italy, Switzerland, France, Spain and Germany, including: Musikfestival Bern (Bern, CH), Theater Basel (Basel, CH), Accademia Filarmonica Romana (Rome, IT), Rassegna di Giovani Musicisti (Nuoro, IT), Festival Federico Cesi (Spoleto, IT), Kongresshaus Biel (Biel, CH), Escuela Superior de Arte Dramatico (Seville, ES), La Muse en Circuit (Alfortville, FR), Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik (Witten, DE).
He received grants and scholarships from important institutes and foundations: Geert und Lore Blanken-Schlemper-Stiftung (2020), Haiku Stiftung (2019-2020), Giovanni-Iviglia Stiftung (2019-2020), Christine-Fromer Stiftung (2019), Fondazione Giorgio Cini of Venice for the workshop Research-Led Performance: The Guitar in the Work of Mauricio Kagel, Giacomo Manzoni and Fausto Romitelli (2016). In 2019 he became the first guitarist to receive the 1st prize at the prestigious International Competition for Interpretation of Contemporary Music Valentino Bucchi in Rome.
He is a permanent member of Opificio Sonoro Ensemble (IT), Ufa Sextet (CH) and Shifter Ensemble (CH). He collaborated with renowned composers such as Simon Steen-Andersen, Elena Rykova, Johannes Kreidler, Mike Svoboda and Marco Momi.
In 2020 has been released by Contrastes Records (UK) his first CD titled Drownwords, devoted to Simon Steen-Andersen’s complete works for guitar. It sees the participation of the percussionist Brian Archinal and the VERTIGO Ensemble, conducted by Lennart Dohms.
Francesco Palmieri graduated in 2017 with honors and honorable mention at the Conservatoire G. B. Pergolesi of Fermo under the guidance of Claudio Marcotulli. Then he attended the III Master en Interpretación de Guitarra Clásica at the Pablo de Olavide University of Seville, held by Francisco Bernier, Zoran Dukic, Antonio Duro, Pablo Marquez, Lorenzo Micheli, Paolo Pegoraro and Judicael Perroy. In 2020, he was awarded a Master’s degree in Music Performance with distinction from the Bern University of the Arts, where he studied with Elena Casoli.
He is currently studying at the FHNW Academy of Music in Basel, attending the Specialised Master in Contemporary Music.