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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,” the recital will including works such as Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 and Consolation No. 3, and Ballade No.3, 12 Etudes, Waltz and Fantaisie-Impromptu by Chopin.
The concert which will take place on 23 February, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as part of its popular Monday Lunchtime Concerts series.
Find out more about the concert here.

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 joined Edward Gardner and the London Schools Symphony Orchestra for Grieg’s Piano Concert in A minor at the Barbican Hall on 7 January.

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

Read the full review here.


30 May 2015, 7.30pm

Leeds, Town Hall, UK

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Simon Wright, conductor

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13 June 2015, 10.00pm

Lille, Le Nouveau Siècle, France

Lille Piano Festival

Mendelssohn: Prelude in F minor, Op.35, No.5
R.Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op. 15: 7. Traumerei
Schubert: Piano Sonata in C minor, D.958: II. Adaggio in A-flat major

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20 June 2015, 7.00pm

Glynde, Glynde Place, UK

Glynde House Recital

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

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23 June 2015, 6.45pm

Chichester, Pallant House Gallery, UK

Pallant House Gallery Recital

R. Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15
Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit, M.55
Beethoven: 32 Variations
Schubert: Piano Sonata in C minor, D.958

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26 June 2015, 7.30pm

Cardiff, BBC Hoddinott Hall, UK


Janáček: String Quartet No.1, JW.7/8 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’ (arr. Tognetti)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.9 in E-flat major, K.271 ‘Jeunehomme’
Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony in F major, Op.73a [after String Quartet No.3] (arr. Barshai)

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28 June 2015, 2.00pm

Newcastle, Sage, UK

Sage Gateshead Recital – live on BBC Radio 3

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

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3 July 2015, 9.00pm

Bourdieu, Château Ducru-Branaire, France

Festival du Medoc

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

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14 July – 18 July 2015

Montpellier, Allée des Républicains Espagnols, France

Le Festival Radio-France et Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon

Liszt: Liebestraum No.3, S.541
Janáček: String Quartet No.2, JW.7/13 ‘Intimate Letters’
Liszt: 3 Sonetti del Petrarca, S.270

Quatour Voce (ensemble)

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22 July 2015, 11.30am

Singapore, The Esplanade Co Ltd, Singapore

Geneva Conservatoire Orchestra / Singapore

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

Thierry Fischer, conductor

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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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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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