A BBC New Generation Artist 2013-15, Louis Schwizgebel is one of the rising stars on the international piano scene.
Born in Geneva in 1987, Swiss-Chinese pianist Louis Schwizgebel has been described as “a pianist with a profound gift" by The Guardian (August 2013) and an "insightful musician" by the New York Times (May 2013). Aged 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 in 2013 he was announced as a BBC New Generation Artist for 2013 to 2015.
In 2014 Louis Schwizgebel will give important debut performances including the BBC Proms (Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 1 with National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain at the Royal Albert Hall broadcast by BBC Four and BBC Radio 3), Liszt Piano Concerto No 1 with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Edward Gardner, Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No 2 with BBC Symphony Orchestra under Fabien Gabel as well as several performances in the US including Ravel Piano Concerto in G under Keith Lockhart at the Brevard Festival, a Eastern European tour including the Konzerthaus Vienna, Smetana Hall Prague and Redouta Bratislava with the Animato Foundation Orchestra performing Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2 under Thierry Fischer and a recital and chamber music tour in China and Japan.
Schwizgebel has already played with many major orchestras across the globe in some of the finest concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Tonhalle Zürich, KKL Lucerne, Herkulessaal, Musikverein and Konzerthaus Vienna, Mozarteum Salzburg, Salle Pleyel and the Shanghai Oriental Art Center.
Orchestras include the London Philharmonic, the BBC orchestras, Wiener Symphoniker, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Philharmonia Zurich, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Orchestre National de Lyon, Detroit Symphony, Nagoya and Shanghai Philharmonic orchestras, the chamber orchestras of Zürich, Lausanne and Geneva, and New York’s Orchestra of St. Luke's. Conductors with whom he performs include Charles Dutoit, Fabio Luisi, Marek Janowski, Leonard Slatkin, Louis Langrée, Alondra de la Parra, Thierry Fischer, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Fabian Gabel, Joshua Weilerstein, Edward Gardner and Vasily Petrenko. Festival appearances include the Verbier Festival (Beethoven Piano Concerto No 1 under Charles Dutoit in 2013), City of London Festival, Bergen International Festival, Progetto Martha Argerich, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Festival Septembre Musical de Montreux-Vevey, Midem Cannes Festival and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Schwizgebel records for Aparté (harmonia mundi) and his first solo disc, Poems, which features works by Ravel, Liszt, Holliger and Schubert was released in 2013, and received enthusiastic reviews from Fono Forum and Classica. In November 2014 he will release his first album with orchestra: Beethoven Piano Concertos No 1&2 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Thierry Fischer.
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.