Francesco Libetta

Francesco Libetta ( born October 16, 1968 in Galatone ) is an Italian pianist.


Francesco Libetta studied piano with Vittoria De Donno and composition with Gino Marinuzzi in Rome and Castérède Jacques in Paris, where he also attended some courses at IRCAM.

Already at age 21, he played the complete cycle of the 32 Beethoven piano sonatas.

In 1993 in Italy the premiere of the thirteenth piano etude György Ligeti, L' Escalier du Diable. Another premiere took place at the International Festival in Alicante, where Libetta played the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.1 by Franco Oppo. Later, he appeared in La Scala and other prestigious concert halls, such as in Japan and the United States.

As part of the international piano festival in La Roque- d'Anthéron ( Bouches -du- Rhône) 2002, he played works by Hummel, Franz Liszt, Saint- Saëns, Alkan, Debussy and Godowsky. This concert was recorded and later released as a DVD directly.


Its current repertoire includes the Beethoven piano sonatas and many variations all Wagner- Liszt transcriptions of works by Chopin, Brahms, Mussorgsky, Balakirev, Debussy, Ravel, and Ligeti's Etudes number.

In addition to Marc- André Hamelin Libetta one of the few pianists who have fully recorded 53 studies on Chopin etudes, which are among the most virtuosic works of the piano literature Leopold Godowsky. He was the first pianist to 1990 cycle aufführte concert.

His playing is characterized, inter alia, to through a clear, sometimes dry stop, sparing use of pedal and frequent non- legato from.


The Italian pianist Aldo Ciccolini spoke of Libetta as one of the most talented players of his generation. Eric Schoones called him the " reincarnation" Dinu Lipattis.

Bruno Monsaingeon, the director of the documentation of the concert of La Roque- d'Anthéron, Libetta holds one of the greatest virtuosos of our time.