Paolo Giacometti performs all over the world as a soloist and as a chamber musician, both on period and on modern instruments. Paolo Giacometti was born in Milan in 1970, but has been living in the Netherlands from his early childhood. He studied with Jan Wijn at the Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam, where he graduated with the highest distinction. Also Gyorgy Sebök was an important source of inspiration and had a significant influence on his musical education.
He has won many prizes at both national and international competitions and has played with renowned orchestras under distinguished conductors such as Frans Brüggen, Kenneth Montgomery, Laurent Petitgirard, Michel Tilkin and Jaap van Zweden. With Jaap van Zweden and the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra he recently performed Beethoven’s first and third piano concertos during a successful tour in the United Kingdom. Amongst his future engagements : Rachmaninov’s 3rd pianoconcerto under the baton of Jurjen Hempel with the Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Liszt’s “Malédiction”piano concerto on tour with the Ciconia Consort.
Apart from his activities as a soloist, Paolo Giacometti’s love for chamber music has resulted in a successful co-operation with leading musicians such as Pieter Wispelwey, Gordon Nikolich, Alois Brandhofer, Janine Jansen, Bart Schneemann and Emmy Verhey.
Together with violinist Candida Thompson and cellist Xenia Jankovic, both refined musicians and equally at home on modern as on period instruments, Paolo Giacometti founded a couple of years ago the Hamlet Pianotrio. Meanwhile the trio has released two successful cd-recordings for Channel Classics, the first one proposing both the Mendelssohn pianotrios the second one featuring with amongst others Beethoven’s “Geister-Trio“.
Paolo Giacometti is a world-wide sought-after musician at chamber music festivals. He has performed in concert halls all over the world including the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), Wigmore Hall (London), Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris) and Seoul Arts Centre (South Korea).
Discography : Paolo Giacometti records exclusively for Channel Classics. His recordings have been widely acclaimed by the international press. Amongst them Rossini’s complete piano works, a remarkable project that started in 1998 and for which Italian critics wrote: “… Rossini has finally found his pianist …”. For the third recording of this series Giacometti was distinguished with the Edison Classical Music Award 2001.
His recording of Schumann’s Humoreske, Fantasiestücke and Toccata has received the BBC Music Magazine’s Benchmark and Performance of Outstanding Quality distinctions. His recording of the Dvorak and Schumann piano concertos have been acclaimed by Gramophone as “… one of the best concerto disks I have heard in a long while …” Amongst his chamber music recordings, a recording with works by Schubert with cellist Pieter Wispelwey has received the Choc du Monde de la Musique and Luister 10 awards, while another recording with works by Chopin, Fauré and Poulenc, also with Pieter Wispelwey, has been awarded the Diapason d’or.