Francesco Corti was born in 1984 in Arezzo, Italy, to a musical family. He studied organ in Perugia, then harpsichord in Geneva and in Amsterdam. He was awarded at the International “Johann Sebastian Bach” Competition in Leipzig (2006) and at the Bruges Harpsichord Competition (2007).
As a soloist, he has appeared in recitals and concerts all over Europe, in the USA and Canada, in Latin America, in Asia and in New Zealand. He has been invited by festivals such as Mozart Woche and the Salzburger Festpiele, BachFest Leipzig, MusikFest Bremen, Utrecht Early Music Festival, Festival Radio France Montpellier. He has performed in halls such as Salle Pleyel (Paris), Bozar (Bruxelles), Konzerthaus (Vienna), Tonhalle (Zürich), Mozarteum and Haus für Mozart (Salzburg) and Concertgebouw (Amsterdam).
He is a member of Les Musiciens du Louvre (Minkowski), Zefiro (Bernardini), the Bach Collegium Japan (Suzuki), Les Talens Lyriques (Rousset), Harmonie Universelle (Deuter) and Le Concert des Nations (Savall). From 2015 he has regularly conducted Les Musiciens du Louvre and from 2018 has been principal guest conductor of il Pomo d’Oro. Among other projects with this ensemble, he has conducted a European tour of Handel’s Orlando. He was invited to lead B’Rock, the Nederlandse Bachvereniging and Holland Baroque. In 2021 he conducted a production of Handel’s Agrippina at the Royal Theater in Drottningholm (Stockholm, Sweden). His solo recordings include a CD of Louis Couperin Suites, the Partitas by J. S. Bach, Haydn Sonatas, the two piano quartets and the piano concerto K. 488 by Mozart. He’s recording for Pentatone all of Bach’s keyboard Concertos with Pomo d’Oro. His album “Little Books” (Arcana) was awarded a Diapason d’Or and the follow up, “Handel: Winged Hands” (Arcana) is released in 2022.
He has taught masterclasses all over Europe, in Latin America and in Asia. Since September 2016, he has been professor of harpsichord at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.