Francesco Palmieri (*1996, IT) is a Basel-based classical and electric guitarist. His artistic practice focuses on contemporary music, ranging from free improvisation to music theatre.
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 France, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland, including Musikfestival Bern, Darmstädter Ferienkurse, ZeitRäume Basel, Theater Basel, Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Festival Federico Cesi, La Muse en Circuit, Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik.
He received grants and scholarships from numerous foundations, such as Fondation Nicati-de Luze, LYRA Stiftung, DOMS Stiftung, Fondation Irène Dénéréaz, Geert und Lore Blanken-Schlemper Stiftung, Haiku Stiftung, Giovanni-Iviglia Stiftung, Christine-Fromer Stiftung and Fondazione Giorgio Cini. In 2019 he became the first guitarist to be awarded 1st prize at the International Competition for Interpretation of Contemporary Music Valentino Bucchi in Rome. He has been selected as a finalist of the Berlin Prize for Young Artists 2021.
He collaborated with renowned composers such as Beat Furrer, Johannes Kreidler, Marco Momi, Elena Rykova and Simon Steen-Andersen, among others. He is member of the collective Opificio Sonoro (IT).
In 2020 has been released by Contrastes Records 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.