Francesco Tristano Schlimé (born 1981) is a professional classical pianist and composer originally from Luxembourg and currently based in Barcelona. He became known for his interpretations of composers such as Bach. He is a specialist in baroque music and is also known in the electronic music scene for his versions of electronic classics as well as for his records, in which he combines contemporary notation and experimental electronics.
Tristano was born in Luxembourg and grew up so fascinated by composers such as Bach, Vivaldi, Scarletti and Berio, as well as by contemporary electronics and jazz. He studied at the conservatories of Luxembourg, Brussels, Riga and Paris before graduating from the Juilliard School in New York. He made his debut in 2000 with the Russian National Orchestra, with which he recorded Sergey Prokofiev’s 5th Piano Concerto and Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto. In 2004 he presented and conducted an adaptation for piano and strings of Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. He became known in the electronic music scene in 2006 with the release of a version of Derrick May’s Strings Of Life, released by the French label Infiné in 2006. He debuted as a composer with the album Not For Piano, released by Infiné in 2007 and in which he combined his own compositions with versions by artists such as Jeff Mills and Autechre. In 2008 he released the techno dub album Auricle Bio On, and in 2010 his most complete album, Idiosynkrasia. In 2011 he joined Universal Germany’s roster, and as a result his first classic repertoire album appeared on Deutsche Grammophon, Bach/Cage, a “playlist” (in his own words) consisting of pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach and John Cage that bring together the baroque and experimental music of the 20th century. Tristano has collaborated with electronic artists such as Carl Craig and Murcof and is part of the Aufgang trio along with Rami Khalife and Aymeric Westrich.