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Louis performas with L’Orchestre des Continents at Paléo Festival in Nyon

24 July, 2015

Louis plays on the main stage at Paléo Festival 2015 accompanied by the Orchestre des Continents, an ensemble composed of nearly a hundred musicians from the HEM-Geneva, the HEMU-Lausanne and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music of the National University of Singapore. An ambitious collaboration specially recreated for the occasion of the 40th edition of the Festival.

The orchestra played under the baton of the great Thierry Fischer, conductor of the Utah Symphony Orchestra. A good friend of Paléo, he has already faced up to a number of challenges, such as conducting one of the very first classical concerts on the site at l’Asse during the 1991 Festival. The two works specially selected for the occasion will be performed on Paléo’s Grande Scène.

Watch Louis and the Orchestre des Continents perform Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, music for ballet op.64 (excerpts) and Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18.

L'Orchestre des Continents, Paléo Festival Nyon… by paleo

Louis performs at Festival de Radio-France et Montpellier

20 June, 2015

Louis performs for the first time at Festival de Radio-France et Montepellier Languedoc-Roussillon between 14 and 18 July 2015, where he performs programmes that include both solo and chamber repertoire. On 14 July performs solo works by Liszt at Montpellier’s Corum alongside Quatour Voce, who perform Janacek’s String Quartet No.2. The concert will be broadcast live on Radio France.

Following this, Louis joins Thierry Fischer as soloist with Orchestre des Continents – a youth orchestra comprised of students from conservatoires in Switzerland and Singapore – for two performances taking place at Singapore Esplanade on 22 July, and at Paleo Festival in Switzerland on 26 July. Schwizgebel performs Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2.

Sound of Angel Salon

20 March, 2015

As part of Louis’ Weekly Radio Concert in Shanghai in January, he participated in an educational project with children from Cao Peng’s Sound of Angel Salon, a programme which encourages autistic children to engage with their surroundings through music.
Louis chose a work for the students to listen to – Liszt’s arrangement of Schubert’s Auf dem Wasser zu singen, taken from his solo disc Poems. The children then painted a picture based on their reactions to the music, and Louis was then tasked with choosing a winning entry. The young artist selected, 10 year old Ju Si-Chen, was delighted to attend the concert at Shanghai Concert Hall, where his painting was displayed throughout the performance.

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Louis performs BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime concert at Wigmore Hall

10 February, 2015

In a programme that the venue describes as “[spanning] the gamut from Classical Haydn to the expressive extremes and technical challenges of Liszt’s virtuosic art,” this recital will including works such as Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6, Consolation No. 3, Ballade No.3, 12 Etudes, Waltz and Fantaisie-Impromptu by Chopin.
The concert will take place on the 23rd of February and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as part of its popular Monday Lunchtime Concerts series.
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Louis begins 2015 with the Grieg concerto at the Barbican Hall

11 January, 2015

Following his success with the conductor at the 2014 BBC Proms, Louis joins Edward Gardner and the London Schools Symphony Orchestra for Grieg’s Piano Concert in A minor at the Barbican Hall on the 7th of January.

He performed Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16, in a performance described as “clear, unaffected yet beautifully lyrical” and overall “a delight.”

Read the full review here.


26 July 2015, 3.30pm

Nyon, Paléo Festival, Switzerland

L’Orchestre des Continents

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18

Thierry Fischer, conductor
L’Orchestre des Continents

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3 August 2015

Biarritz, Festival International Piano Classique, France

Festival International Piano Classique Biarritz

Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op.34
Schubert: Piano Sonata in C minor, D.958
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.18 in D major, K.576

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8 August 2015

San Pantaleo, Piazza San Pantaleo, Italy

Sardinia recital

Haydn: Keyboard Sonata in C major, Hob.XVI:50, L.60
Liszt: 12 Lieder von Franz Schubert, S.558: 9. Ständchen von Shakespeare
Liszt: 12 Lieder von Franz Schubert, S.558: 2. Auf dem Wasser zu singen
Liszt: 12 Lieder von Franz Schubert, S.558: 3. Du bist die Ruh
Liszt: 12 Lieder von Franz Schubert, S.558: 4. Erlkönig
Chopin: Étude in C-sharp minor, Op.25, No.7
Chopin: Waltz No.7 in C-sharp minor, Op.64, B.164, No.2
Chopin: Ballade No.3 in A-flat major, Op.47
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.14 in C-sharp minor, Op.27, No.2 ‘Quasi una fantasia’

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14 August 2015

Côte Chalonnaise, France

Musicales en Cote Chalonnaise

R. Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15
Beethoven: 32 Variations
Schubert: Piano Sonata in C minor, D.958

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15 August 2015

Côte Chalonnaise, France

Musicales en Cote Chalonnaise

Françaix: Musique de cour
Poulenc: Flute Sonata, FP.164
Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor, M.67

Jasmine Choi, flute
Paul Huang, violin
Narek Haknazaryan, cello

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16 August 2015

Côte Chalonnaise, France

Musicales en Cote Chalonnaise

Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano, No.8 in G major, Op.30, No.3
Schubert: Introduction and Variations of ‘Trockne Blumen’, D.802
Hummel: Adagio, Variations and Rondo on a Russian Theme, Op.78
Beethoven: Piano Trio No.3 in C minor, Op.1, No.3

Jasmine Choi, flute
Paul Huang, violin
Narek Haknazaryan, cello

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9 September 2015

Rügen, Germany

Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Schubert: Piano Sonata in A minor, D.845, Op.42
Liszt: 12 Lieder von Franz Schubert, S.558: 9. Ständchen von Shakespeare
Liszt: 12 Lieder von Franz Schubert, S.558: 4. Erlkönig
Beethoven: 32 Variations
Schubert: Piano Sonata in C minor, D.958

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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), 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 in 2013 he was announced as a BBC New Generation Artist.

Louis has performed with many orchestras across the globe including London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Wiener Symphoniker, Orchestre National de Lyon, Nagoya and Shanghai Philharmonic orchestras, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s (NYC) with conductors such as Fabio Luisi, Marek Janowski, Leonard Slatkin, Louis Langrée, Alondra de la Parra, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Fabian Gabel and Vasily Petrenko. He performs regularly in Switzerland, both in recital and with the symphony and chamber orchestras; he has played at all the major festivals including Progetto Martha Argerich and Menuhin Festival Gstaad and in 2013 was one of five pianists invited to perform a Beethoven concerto at the Verbier Festival with Charles Dutoit.

In August 2014 Louis made a hugely successful BBC Proms debut playing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.1 with Edward Gardner and the National Youth Orchestra of GB, which was broadcast on BBC TV. Highlights of his 2014/15 season include his debut with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Gardner playing Liszt’s First Concerto, with Detroit Symphony/Weilerstein with Mozart K271, a return to the Macao Symphony/Lu Jia and Lucerne Symphony/Gaffigan, concerts with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Philharmonic Orchestra, and a tour of Europe with Thierry Fischer and the Animato Foundation Orchestra playing Rachmaninov’s Second Concerto in halls such as Smetana Hall, Prague, Salzburg Mozarteum and the Vienna Konzerthaus. His solo engagements include London’s Wigmore Hall, Fribourg International Piano Series, a recital at Munich’s Herkulesaal, and with violinist Benjamin Beilman he will make his debut at the Berlin Philharmonie.

Louis records for Aparté and his first solo disc, Poems, which features works by Ravel, Liszt, Holliger and Schubert was released in 2013 to exceptional critical claim. Germany’s Fono Forum gave the disc four stars and hailed Louis “a genuine virtuoso, a spirited young genius with real depth”. His recording of Beethoven’s First and Second Piano Concertos with the London Philharmonic Orchestra/Thierry Fischer was released at the end of 2014.

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




« a spirited young genius with real depth.»Fono Forum


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