Paolo Giacometti

Biography

Born: 1970; Milan, Italy  
Paolo Giacometti has earned a reputation in some circles as a specialist of sorts in piano repertory, not least because he has recorded the entire keyboard output of Gioachino Rossini. He has also recorded many rarely encountered cello/piano works by Reger, Hindemith, and others, as well as chamber works by forgotten Classical-era French composer Jacques Widerkehr. But Giacometti possesses a broad repertory that includes much standard fare, with Read more the names Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, and others often appearing on his concert programs and recordings. And Giacometti has garnered countless rave reviews, whether in mainstream repertory or lesser known works. His Rossini recordings have been received especially well by critics. He has made more than 40 recordings over the years, most of them available on Channel Classics and Brilliant Classics. Though Giacometti carries a heavy schedule of concerts, he also teaches piano performance at the Utrecht Conservatory.

Paolo Giacometti was born in Milan, Italy, in 1970, but grew up in the Netherlands. He played the piano from his early childhood and began piano lessons at nine with Joke Dekker-Vroons at the Hilversum Music School. Giacometti later enrolled at the Sweelinck Conservatory, where he studied under Jan Wijn.

In 1992 Giacometti captured second prize at the International Brahms Competition in Hamburg. In 1995, the year he graduated with the highest honors from the Sweelinck Conservatory, he was awarded first prize at the Postbank Sweelinck Competition in Amsterdam. The following year saw the release of his first recordings for Channel Classics, which included a CD of works for cello and piano by Max Reger, with cellist Pieter Wispelwey.

In 1998 the same label issued Giacometti's first volume of Rossini's piano music, which was greeted widely by critical acclaim. And the success continued: the third volume in the series, containing works from the Péchés de vieillesse, was given the Edison Classical Award in 2001.

In the new century Giacometti has appeared at major concert venues across Europe and the U.S., including at the Amsterdam Concertbouw, Wigmore Hall (London), Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris), and Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires). He often appears in recital with cellist Pieter Wispelwey, with whom he shared a Diapason d'or award in 1997 for a CD of works by Chopin, Fauré, and Poulenc. Among Giacometti's later recordings is the 2009 Channel Classics CD of Schumann's Davidsbündlertänze, Arabeske, and Gesänge der Frühe. Read less
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    Top 50 Favourite Classical Chillout Tunes
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94659 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonín Dvorák,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Klára Würtz,  Sara Crombach,  Wladislav Warenberg,  Alexander Goldenweiser  ... 
    Conductor:  Dirk Vermeulen,  Paavo Järvi,  Roy Goodman,  Gil Sharon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prima La Musica,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Hanover Band  ... 
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    Compared, Vol. 1: Erard Vs. Steinway - Ravel
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 31612 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Paolo Giacometti
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    Anton Eberl: Piano Concertos, Op. 32 & 40
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777354 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Eberl
    Performer:  Paolo Giacometti,  Riko Fukuda
    Conductor:  Michael Alexander Willens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Academy
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    Chopin, Mendelssohn: Cello Sonatas / Wispelwey
    Label: Onyx   Catalog: 4078 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Pieter Wispelwey,  Paolo Giacometti
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    Piano Concertos - Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94095 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel,  Karin Lechner,  Paolo Giacometti,  Nelson Freire  ... 
    Conductor:  Willfried Boettcher,  Heinz Wallberg,  Eduardo Marturet,  Arie Van Beek  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Forgotten Treasures Vol 4 - Wilms: Symphony & Solo Concerti / Willens, Giacometti, Sandhoff, Et Al
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38024 Release Date: 03/23/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Wilhelm Wilms
    Performer:  Paolo Giacometti,  Martin Sandhoff
    Conductor:  Michael Alexander Willens
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    Schubert: Fantasy In C Major, Duo In A Major, Arpeggione Sonata / Wispelwey, Giacometti
    Label: Onyx   Catalog: 4046 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Pieter Wispelwey,  Paolo Giacometti
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    Super Artists On Super Audio Vol. 6
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 5509 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jeanne-Louise Farrenc,  John Dowland,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christoph Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Emily Beynon,  Matthew Wadsworth,  Gary Cooper,  Rachel Podger  ... 
    Conductor:  Jos van Veldhoven,  Jurjen Hempel,  Kirill Petrenko,  Iván Fischer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Bach Society,  Sinfonia Cracovia,  Meridian Arts Ensemble  ... 
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    Chopin: Favorite Piano Works
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93255 Release Date: 05/05/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Alwin Bär,  Martijn van den Hoek,  Frank Van De Laar,  Folke Nauta  ... 
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    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93255 Release Date: 05/05/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Alwin Bär,  Folke Nauta,  Pieter van Winkel,  Martijn van den Hoek  ... 
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    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93256 Release Date: 05/05/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Paolo Giacometti
    Conductor:  Arie Van Beek
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    Chopin: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Giacometti, Van Beek, Rotterdam Young Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93256 Release Date: 05/05/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Paolo Giacometti
    Conductor:  Arie Van Beek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Young Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Schumann: Davidsbundlertanze, Arabeske, Gesange Der Fruhe / Paolo Giacometti
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 28709 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Paolo Giacometti
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    Mélodies Sans Paroles - Saint-saëns / Schneemann, Giacometti
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93688 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Bart Schneemann,  Paolo Giacometti
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    Super Artists On Super Audio Vol 5
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 5108 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Dejan Lazic,  Johannette Zomer,  Paolo Giacometti,  Pieter Wispelwey  ... 
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra,  Florilegium Ensemble,  Carducci String Quartet  ... 
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    Saint-saens: Melodies Sans Paroles
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 2193688 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Paolo Giacometti,  Bart Schneemann
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    Rossini: Complete Works For Piano Vol 8 / Paolo Giacometti
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 24907 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Paolo Giacometti
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    Rossini: Complete Works For Piano Vol 7 / Paolo Giacometti
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 24106 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Paolo Giacometti
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    Rossini: Complete Works For Piano Vol 6 / Paolo Giacometti
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 22705 Release Date: 12/13/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Paolo Giacometti
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    Super Artists On Super Audio Vol 3
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 3705 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sofia Gubaidulina,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Giulio Caccini  ... 
    Performer:  Piet Kuijken,  Carlo Willems,  Marc Dufour,  Pieter Wispelwey  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Reuss,  Jos van Veldhoven,  Iván Fischer,  Peter Dijkstra  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale,  Netherlands Bach Society Baroque Orchestra,  Netherlands Bach Society Choir  ... 
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  • 21.
    Widerkehr: Duo Sonatas / Schneemann, Giacometti
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 19204 Release Date: 09/14/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Widerkehr
    Performer:  Bart Schneemann,  Paolo Giacometti
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  • 22.
    Rossini: Quelques Riens Pour Album Vol 4 / Paolo Giacometti
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 18003 Release Date: 07/08/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Paolo Giacometti
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  • 23.
    Super Artists On Super Audio - Channel Classics Sampler
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 2603 Release Date: 05/13/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  César Franck,  John Jenkins  ... 
    Performer:  Pieter Wispelwey,  Paolo Giacometti,  Rachel Podger,  Johannette Zomer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florilegium Ensemble,  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen,  Locke Consort  ... 
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    Franck, Brahms: Sonatas;  Schumann / Wispelwey, Giacometti
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 18602 Release Date: 12/10/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms,  César Franck
    Performer:  Pieter Wispelwey,  Paolo Giacometti
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    Schumann, Dvorak: Piano Concertos /Giacometti, Tilken, Et Al
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 17802 Release Date: 12/10/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Paolo Giacometti
    Conductor:  Michel Tilken
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra
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