Ariën Artists - Paolo GIACOMETTI - Nederlandse CV








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.

For his debut in Rachmaninov's 3rd pianoconcerto under the baton of Jurjen Hempel with the Jersey Symphony Orchestra he got lavish praise. Also noteworthy was his interpretation of Liszt’s piano concerto "Malédiction" which he performed with the Dutch Ciconia Consort.

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) and main concert halls in Colombia and Brazil, Wigmore Hall (London), Bozar (Brussels) Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris) and Seoul Arts Centre (South Korea).

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. He regularly asked to accompany renowned Dutch singers singers such as elly God, Cora Burggraaf and Thomas Oliemans.

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 Piano Trio. Meanwhile the trio has released two successful cd-recordings for Channel Classics, the first one proposing both the Mendelssohn piano trios the second one featuring amongst others Beethoven's "Geister-Trio".  More releases to come soon. This season the Trio will make its debut at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam in the renowned series "Het Zondagochtend Concert". Earlier this season the Hamlet Piano Trio was invited by Muziekgebouw Frits Philips Eindhoven.

Paolo Giacometti is teaching at the Musikhochschule Robert Schumann of Düsseldorf.


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.  The duo was recently awarded with the prestigeous BRAHMS-GESELLSCHAFT-PRIZE (2019) for their recording of the complete duos by Johannes Brhams.

Paolo Giacometti is also a dedicated piano professor at the Robert Schumann Musikhochschule Düsseldorf


>> Extensive discography available on the website of Channel Classics

>> Recent recordings with Pieter Wispelwey lare listed on the website of EPR.


cv-update. January 2020

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