Francesco Corti was born in Arezzo and studied organ in Perugia, also harpsichord in Geneva and Amsterdam. In 2006 he won the first prize at the Bach Competition in Leipzig and in 2007 the second prize at the MA Festival Bruges. He has appeared as a soloist throughout Europe, the USA, Mexico, in Asia and New Zealand. Engagements took him to major festivals including the Salzburg Festival, the Bachfest Leipzig, the Musikfest Bremen and to the Festival Oude Muziek in Utrecht, also to leading concert halls – the Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Bozar in Brussels, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Mozarteum and the Haus für Mozart in Salzburg, also the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam
He has worked with famous ensembles including Ensemble Zefiro, with Harmonie Universelle, Les Talens Lyriques and Le Concert des Nations. Since 2007 he has been a member of Les Musiciens du Louvre under Marc Minkowski and has toured with them many times, recorded CDs with them and performed solo concerts with music by Bach, Handel, Haydn and Mozart. He also regularly takes over as conductor of the ensemble and has also directed two European tours of the ensemble Holland Baroque.
His CDs include works by Louis Couperin, harpsichord concertos by Bach, sonatas by Haydn and Mozart’s piano quartet played on his own instrument..
Francesco Corti has worked with Il Pomo d’Oro as principal guest conductor since 2019. He has taught as professor of historical keyboard instruments and basso continuo at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis since 2016. With Joyce di Donato in 2020 he was a guest for the first time at the Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival.