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 Concertgebouw
, 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
, and Poulenc
. Among Giacometti's later recordings is the 2009 Channel Classics
CD of Schumann
's Davidsbündlertänze, Arabeske, and Gesänge der Frühe.