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Debut with the Oslo Philharmonic

25 November, 2016

Louis makes his debut with the Oslo Philharmonic on 15 December, playing Mozart Piano Concerto in A-major, K.488, under the baton of David Afkham at the Oslo Konzerthus.

Louis’ performance in Oslo is the latest of a series of major debuts this season and comes hard on the heels of his first appearance with the Aurora Orchestra in Bilbao in October this year. In 2017, he also makes debuts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Sao Paolo Symphony Orchestras. He also returns to the CBSO and the Macao Symphony Orchestra.

Recitals at Fundación Juan March

15 November, 2016

Louis returns to Madrid this month to give two lunchtime recitals at on 20 and 21 November at the Fundación Juan March.Schwizgebel performs Schumann Kinderszenen, Beethoven 32 Variations and Schubert Piano Sonata No.19 in C minor D.958.

Louis recorded the Schubert sonata alongside Piano Sonata No.16 for his new disc, released on Aparté in October. Click here for more information.

“A path of nostalgia, vehemence and introspection”: Louis’ Schubert disc reviewed

02 November, 2016

“By tackling Franz Schubert in his most recent album, the young Swiss pianist plumbs the depths of the romantic soul, taking a path of nostalgia, vehemence and introspection.”
Radio Classique, October 2016

“This recording of two Schubert sonatas attests to an artistic maturity that complements his considerable digital skills… Mr. Schwizgebel has made this music sing and dance without having become percussively insistent, without cloying his melodies, and having maintained an artful balance of form and color most impressive to this listener.”
Audiophile Audition, November 2016

Debut with Aurora Orchestra in Bilbao

26 October, 2016

Louis makes his debut with the Aurora Orchestra this month, performing under the baton of Baldur Brönnimann at the Sociedad Filarmónica de Bilbao on 26 October. Louis joins the orchestra to perform Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1, which he recorded for Aparté with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2014.

Schwizgebel arrives in Bilbao following a series of solo recitals across the UK and France, in Germany where he was playing with Ray Chen, and a tour of Switzerland with the Orchestre du Chambre de Lausanne conducted by Santtu-Mathias Rouvali.

‘I like to programme recitals linked by a dramatic theme’: Interview with International Piano

20 October, 2016

Louis spoke to International Piano magazine ahead of his International Piano Series recital at St John’s Smith Square. In the interview he discusses how he developed the programme for his recital, ‘Light and Shade, Innocence and Experience’:

“I like to programme recitals linked by a dramatic theme, or even through harmonic links, where one piece finishes with a sound or chord that might also be the start of the next. The first half is light and innocent with Mozart’s Sonata No 18 in D major K576 and Schumann’s Kinderszenen, but the second has a dark and tormented mood, with Beethoven’s 32 Variations and Schubert’s D958 Sonata united by their C minor tonality. Thematically, Schubert alludes to Beethoven, too.”

Click here to read the full interview.

New release: Schubert Piano Sonatas D. 845 & D. 958

7 October, 2016

Louis Schwizgebel’s latest recording on Aparté of Schubert’s Sonatas D. 845 and 958 has now been released and is available to purchase on iTunes, Amazon UK, Amazon France and apartemusic.com.

Louis will be performing the Schubert sonatas in recitals across the 2016/17 season in venues across the UK (including London on 2 December), France, Switzerland – notably at the Lucerne Festival on 23 November – in Madrid and in the US.

Debut at the Dvořák Prague International Music Festival with Benjamin Beilman

16 September, 2016

Louis gives his debut performance in Prague at the Dvořák Prague Dvorák Festival on 16 September, performing in recital with violinist Benjamin Beilman in the wonderful Rudolfinum. Offering solo repertoire in the first half (Beilman plays Bach, Schwizgebel plays Schubert) they come together in the second half to play Dvorák’s Sonatina and Franck’s Sonata for Violin.

The recital in Prague follows an appearance at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern on 15 September, where Louis performs a mixed programme of solo and chamber works by Brahms, Ravel and Mozart

Debut at Rheingau Musik Festival

4 August, 2016

Louis makes his debut at the Rheingau Musik Festival on 4 August, performing a solo recital at Schloss Johannisberg. Louis performs Mozart Piano Sonata No.18 in D major, Schumann Kinderszenen, Beethoven 32 Variations for Piano on an Original Theme and Schubert Piano Sonata in C minor.

The recital at Schloss Johannisberg follows Louis’ debut at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr in July and recitals at the Festival Chopin in Paris and in Hong Kong.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra & Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

14 – 17 July, 2016

Louis travels to Michigan, US, for three performances with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on 14, 15 and 17 July. This will be the first time Louis will perform under the direction of Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, the 29-year-old Lithuanian conductor who will succeed Andris Nelsons as the music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in September.

Louis will play Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 within a programme of Šerkšnytė – De profundis and Tchaikovsky – Selections from Sleeping Beauty.

Debuts at Klavier-Festival Ruhr

1 July, 2016

Louis makes his debut performance at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr on 1 July 2016, performing Brahms Two Rhapsodies, Chopin Ballades No. 2 and No. 3, Beethoven 32 Variations and Schubert Piano Sonata in C minor at the Martinstift music school in Moehrs.

This recital follows Louis’ recent solo performance in Hong Kong:

“Schwizgebel proved to be a virtuoso with a vein of modesty. He slipped into the skin of the composers and brought their music to life from within.”
South China Morning Post

Louis then travels to Paris for a recital at the Festival Chopin on 3 July, where performs the same programme.

Kings Place: Byron in Switzerland

18 June, 2016

The year 1816 has become known as ‘The Year Without a Summer’ due to the thick ash clouds that covered the skies in the aftermath of a volcanic eruption. Despite the icy weather, famine and poverty, it was also an extraordinary time for creativity. In June, King’s Place combines music and literature, expert historical, scientific, climatic and cultural insights, to shed new light on these extraordinary events.

On 18 June, Louis features in a concert reflecting the English poet Lord Byron’s extraordinary journey from London to Switzerland in 1816, fleeing debt, divorce and scandal. Alongside readings from Byron’s diaries and poems, and from Shelley’s Frankenstein, Louis plays Schubert, Beethoven, Liszt, Mendelssohn and more.

Wigmore Hall Recital

29 May, 2016

Louis returns to Wigmore Hall for an evening recital on 29 May. He performs a programme of Haydn’s Sonata Hob.XVI:50, Liszt’s transcriptions of Schubert Lieder and Schubert Sonata D.845. The recital follows the success of his most recent Wigmore Hall recital, where a critic described him as “an artist to take note of.”

Debut with the Tonhalle Orchestra & Lionel Bringuier

3 & 4 May, 2016

Louis makes his debut with Tonhalle-Orchester and their chief conductor Lionel Bringuier in May, performing two performances at Tonhalle Zurich on 3 and 4 May 2016. Louis performs Beethoven Triple Concerto alongside soloists from the orchestra.

Australian debut with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra

21 & 23 April, 2016

Louis makes his Australian debut with two performances with Queensland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rory MacDonald on 21 and 23 April 2016. Louis has received praise from critics for recent performances of the concerto with Utah Symphony (“Schwizgebel gave a debonair performance” – Salt Lake Tribune) and London Philharmonic (“Schwizgebel impressively capturing both the sublime melancholy of the second movement and the joviality of the first and third.” – Latest Magazine).

Following this, Louis performs in recital at Hong Kong City Hall on 25 April, with a programme of Haydn Sonata in C Hob.XVI:50, a selection of Liszt’s Schubert Lieder transcriptions, and Schubert’s Sonata D.845.

Beethoven Piano Concerto No.2 with NAC Orchestra and Thierry Fischer

21 March, 2016

“[Schwizgebel’s] playing demonstrated an authoritative comprehension of the Concerto‘s symphonic structure as well as its lyrical, harmonic and textural elements. His tone is rich, even sensuous, and projects superbly while maintaining precision and scrupulousness, all of which suggest this 28-year old artist is already launched as an important Beethoven interpreter.”
concerto.net

Reviews for Saint-Saëns Piano Concertos 2 & 5

“Louis Schwizgebel brings weight, poise, deftness and sparkle to this endearing work… Schwizgebel is to be reckoned with, for both these performances are excellent and do these marvellous concertos proud – the finale of No 5 has the wind in its sails. Bon voyage!”
Classical Ear, February 2016

“Schwizgebel’s articulation and phrasing are exemplary, as is his feel for overall thrust and contour. There’s no let-up in the Presto either, which trips off the keyboard with disarming ease … I don’t expect to hear better accounts of these concertos any time soon; yes, Schwizgebel really is that good.” MusicWeb International

“Louis Schwizgebel recently set a new benchmark with the first two concertos by Beethoven. Now we can also experience his brilliant playing in the piano concertos of Saint-Saëns, characterized by great intensity and passion. I cannot recall ever having heard the Second Piano Concerto performed in a manner so full of drama, so brilliant in its pyrotechnics, so electrifying and convincing. He makes a compelling case for it.” Musik&Theater

“He has fingers of steel in the Second Concerto’s whirling tarantella finale and a silky turn of phrase for the less-obvious joys of the Fifth. His quiet, pearly runs up and down the keyboard are treasurable for their own sake, and he shows the sensitivity to hold back until Saint-Saëns really starts to let his hair down and dance.” Sinfini

“The ranks of gifted young pianists must now include the Swiss-Chinese musician Louis Schwizgebel, not yet thirty and brimming with talent. These two piano concertos, the most frequently played and recorded examples of the five composed by Camille Saint-Saëns, are a feast of elegance, clarity, unboastful confidence, well-measured virtuosity, and pleasure accepted and generously passed on.” Télérama

“In “The Egyptian”, Louis Schwizgebel’s interpretation clearly shows he is a colourist. His fingers create different qualities for every note and every passage, each with their own colours: in the Allegro we experience a wonderful contrast between the near-aggressiveness of the octave passage with full orchestra and the delicate sparkle of the high notes as the first theme returns; in the Andante, during some calm moments he creates a tone similar to that of a prepared piano, whilst the rapid rising scales that follow ring like bells. He also has a great sense of rhythm: at the beginning of the third movement, the score virtually swings. Moreover, this entire movement dances joyfully under his fingers, and the theatricality so dear to the composer – borrowed from grand opera – is abundant … Louis Schwizgebel offers us a modern (you could say “dust-free”) vision of longstanding piano concerto “hits”, with a dazzling performance bursting with freshness.” ResMusica

Purchase the album on iTunes, Amazon and via Aparté, and stream the album on Spotify.

Review: Ravel G Major / London Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Robin Ticciati

17 November, 2015

**** “Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major was a thrilling highlight of the evening, Louis Schwizgebel impressively capturing both the sublime melancholy of the second movement and the joviality of the first and third.” The Latest Magazine

Concerts

02 December 2016, 19:30

International Piano Series
London, United Kingdom
St John’s Smith Square

Mozart: Piano Sonata No.18 in D major, K.576
R. Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15
Beethoven: 32 Variations
Schubert: Piano Sonata in C minor, D.958

15 December 2016, 19:00

Oslo Philharmonic
Oslo, Norway
David Afkham (conductor)
Konserthus

Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A major, K.488

02 March 2017, 19:30

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Gilbert Varga (conductor)
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major, M.83

05 March 2017, 14:30

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Gilbert Varga (conductor)
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16

26 March 2017, 14:30

Orchestre Symphonique de Québec
Quebec City, Canada
Fabien Gabel (conductor)
Grand Théâtre du Québec

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major, M.83

26 April 2017, 19:30

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Symphony Hall
Fabien Gabel (conductor)

Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11

10 June 2017, 20:00

Macau Orchestra
Macau, China
Macau Cultural Centre
Gilbert Varga

Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.22

About

Born in Geneva in 1987, Swiss-Chinese pianist Louis Schwizgebel has been described as an “insightful musician” by the New York Times (May 2013) and “already one of the great masters of the piano” by Res Musica (July 2014). At the age of seventeen he won the Geneva International Music Competition and, two years later, the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. In 2012 he won second prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition and was a BBC New Generation Artist from 2013-2015.

Schwizgebel has performed with many orchestras across the globe including the London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Wiener Symphoniker, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Zurich Tonhalle, Nagoya and Shanghai Philharmonic orchestras, Utah Symphony and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s (NYC) amongst others. He has worked with conductors such as Edward Gardner, Thierry Fischer, Joshua Weilerstein, Lahav Shani, Robin Ticciati, Fabio Luisi, Leonard Slatkin, Louis Langrée, Alondra de la Parra, James Gaffigan and Fabian Gabel amongst others.

He performs regularly in his native Switzerland, both in recital and with the symphony and chamber orchestras; he has played in the major festivals including Progetto Martha Argerich, Menuhin Festival Gstaad and Verbier Festival and in 2016 makes his debut at the Lucerne Festival. In 2014 he made his BBC Proms debut with an electrifying televised performance of Prokofiev’s First Concerto and recent recital highlights include performances at London’s Wigmore Hall, Klavierfest Ruhr, Fribourg International Piano Series, Munich’s Herkulesaal and on tour across Hong Kong and China including in Beijing and Shanghai.

Highlights of Schwizgebel’s 16/17 season include debuts with the Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Sao Paulo Symphony and the Aurora Orchestra in Bilbao, returns to the Orchestre Chambre de Lausanne, City of Birmingham and Macao Symphony orchestras. In recital he makes his debut at the International Piano Series, London, at the Rudolfinium as part of the Prague Prague Festival, returns to Lugano, Bern and in chamber music he returns to the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival and makes his debut at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

Schwizgebel records for Aparté; his recent recording of Saint-Saens’s Piano Concertos 2 and 5 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra received wide and critical acclaim, with BBC Music Magazine describing his playing as “gorgeously singing and wonderfully delicate”. Of his recording of Beethoven’s First and Second Piano Concertos with the London Philharmonic Orchestra Gramophone magazine described Schwizgebel’s performance as a “beautifully nuanced account” and his solo disc, Poems, featuring works by Ravel, Liszt, Holliger and Schubert was given four stars by Germany’s Fono Forum who hailed Schwizgebel “a genuine virtuoso, a spirited young genius with real depth”. His latest recording of Schubert sonatas will be released later in 2016.

Schwizgebel studied with Brigitte Meyer in Lausanne and Pascal Devoyon in Berlin, and then later at the Juilliard School with Emanuel Ax and Robert McDonald, and at London’s Royal Academy of Music with Pascal Nemirovski.

Schwizgebel is grateful for the support he has received from the Migros Culture Percentage, Hans Wilsdorf Foundation, Mozart Gesellschaft Dortmund and Animato Foundation.

2016/17 biography / 506 words. Not to be altered without permission.

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