Francesco Corti was born in Arezzo, Italy, in a musical family in 1984. 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 Montpellie. 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’s 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).
Since 2015 he conducts regularly Les Musiciens du Louvre and since 2018 he is principal guest conductor of il Pomo d’Oro. Among other projects with this ensemble, he has conducted a European tour of Händel’s Orlando. He was invited to lead B’Rock, the Nederlandse Bachvereniging and Holland Baroque. In 2021 he will conduct a production of Händel’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. Pentatone has recently published the the first volume of Bach’s harpsichord concertos with il Pomo d’Oro. Soon to be published are Händel’s Apollo e Dafne with il Pomo d’Oro and a solo Bachian album for Arcana.
He has taught in masterclasses all over Europe, in Latin America and in Asia. Since September 2016, he is professor of harpsichord at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.