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Debut with the Tonhalle Orchestra & Lionel Bringuier
29 April, 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.
Louis then 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.”
Australian debut with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra
19 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.”
Four-star review for Saint-Saëns Piano Concertos 2 & 5
01 March, 2016
“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
Debut with the Utah Symphony
18 February, 2016
Louis joins Thierry Fischer this month for two concerts with the Utah Symphony at Abravanel Hall on 26 and 27 February 2016, performing Ravel Piano Concerto in G major. The pair previously collaborated on a recording of Beethoven Piano Concertos, released in 2014.
The concerts mark Louis’s debut with the orchestra, and come soon after his Swedish recital debut at Stockholm Concert Hall.
Swedish debut at Stockholm Concert Hall
1 February, 2016
Louis makes his Swedish debut with a solo recital at Stockholm Concert Hall on 7 February 2016. The programme includes Mozart Piano Sonata No.18, Schumann Kinderszenen, a selection of Liszt Schubert Lieder transcriptions, and Schubert Sonata in A minor, D.845. The following day, Louis performs a similar programme as part of Festival Pianissimes in Paris, at Carreau du Temple.
Also in February, Louis makes his debut with Utah Symphony in two performances on 26 and 27 February, where, following their recent critically-acclaimed recording of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos 1 & 2, Louis once again collaborates with conductor Thierry Fischer. He performs Ravel Piano Concerto in G major in a concert that also features performances by dancers from Ballet West.
Recording of the Month: Saint-Saëns Piano Concertos 2 & 5
15 January, 2016
Saint-Saëns Piano Concertos 2 & 5 has been awarded Recording of the Month by MusicWeb International:
“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
Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4 on BBC Radio 3
7 January, 2016
Louis’ performance of Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Edward Gardner, recorded in concert at the Barbican on 17 December, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 2pm on 8 January. The programme will be available to listen online for 30 days thereafter.
Listen online here.
“Great intensity and passion”
6 January, 2016
The latest reviews for Louis’ release of Saint-Saëns Piano Concertos 2 & 5:
“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
Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4 with BBC Symphony Orchestra and Edward Gardner
1 December, 2015
Louis returns to the BBC Symphony Orchestra on 17 December 2015 to perform Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4 at the Barbican Centre under the baton of Edward Gardner. Louis’s recordings of Beethoven Piano Concertos 1 & 2 was released to critical acclaim in 2014, with BBC Music Magazine writing that his performance was “poised, lively and full of subtle, changing detail.” Gramophone observed that “Schwizgebel is a fine pianist technically, with a keenly attuned sense of poetry. His shaping of the melodies in these two concertos is beautifully done… Schwizgebel produces a beautifully nuanced account.”
Elsewhere in December, he performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.21 K.467 with Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and Lahav Shani at KKL Lucerne on 13 December.
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
Reviews for Saint-Saëns Piano Concertos 2 & 5
16 November, 2015
Nominated for an ICMA 2016 in the Concerto category.
“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.
London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Brighton Dome
30 October, 2015
Louis performs with London Philharmonic Orchestra on 14 November 2015, performing under the baton of Robin Ticciati at Brighton Dome. Louis performs Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major, part of an all-French programme of Fauré, Ravel & Debussy.
Later in November, Louis returns to the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, where he performs three concerts in Geneva and Lausanne on 25, 26 & 27 November with conductor Michael Schønwandt. Louis joins the orchestra for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.1.
The following day, Louis performs in recital with Alina Ibragimova at Kultur & Kongresshaus Aarau in the ‘surprise series’ – with the programme to be announced directly before the concert.
New release: Saint-Saëns Piano Concertos 2 & 5
06 October, 2015
Louis’ latest recording of Saint-Saëns Piano Concertos 2 & 5 with Martyn Brabbins, Fabien Gabel and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, recorded in February 2014 and April 2015 in Maida Vale Studios, is now available. The album is released by Aparté and is Louis’ fourth recording on the label, following his 2014 release of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos 1 & 2 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Thierry Fischer. The album was chosen as ‘Disc du Jour’ by Radio Classique on 22 September.
The album is available to purchase on iTunes, Amazon and via Aparté, and you can also stream the album on Spotify.
Watch Louis perform an excerpt from Piano Concerto No.5 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins here.
Louis performs 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.
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.
Find out more here.
Louis begins 2015 with 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.
Brahms: Sonatas for cello and piano, Nos. 1 & 2
Brahms: Trio for clarinet, cello and piano in A minor, op. 114
Ophélie Gaillard, cello – Fabio Di Càsola, clarinet – Louis Schwizgebel, piano
Aparté (AP053), June 2013
03 May 2016, 19:30
Beethoven: Concerto for Violin, Violoncello and Piano in C major, Op.56
Lionel Bringuier (conductor)
Klaidi Sahatci (violin)
Anita Leuzinger (cello)
04 May 2016, 22:00
Beethoven: Concerto for Violin, Violoncello and Piano in C major, Op.56
Lionel Bringuier (conductor)
Klaidi Sahatci (violin)
Anita Leuzinger (cello)
29 May 2016, 19:30
London, United Kingdom
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
Schubert: Piano Sonata in A minor, D.845, Op.42
01 June 2016, 20:00
RTÉ Concert Orchestra
National Concert Hall
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F
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, Nagoya, Macao and Shanghai Philharmonic orchestras, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s (NYC) amongst others. He has worked with conductors such as Edward Gardner, Thierry Fischer, Joshua Weilerstein, Fabio Luisi, Leonard Slatkin, Louis Langrée, Alondra de la Parra, James Gaffigan and Fabian Gabel and in the coming seasons he looks forward to working with Ticciati, Shani, and Schønwandt amongst others.
He performs regularly in his native Switzerland, both in recital and with the symphony and chamber orchestras; he has played at all the major festivals including Progetto Martha Argerich, Menuhin Festival Gstaad and Verbier 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, Fribourg International Piano Series, Munich’s Herkulesaal, and with violinist Benjamin Beilman his debut at the Berlin Philharmonie.
In the 2015/16 season Schwizgebel returns to the London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Lucerne Symphony and makes his debut with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich/Bringuier and Munich Symphony/Altstaedt. Further afield he makes his debut with the Utah Symphony, NAC Ottawa, Winnipeg Symphony and Queensland orchestras and in solo recital he will perform at London’s Wigmore Hall, Klavierfest Ruhr, at Festival Pianissimmes (Paris) and in duo with Alina Ibragimova. In SE Asia he looks forward to his debut recital in Hong Kong and to returning to China for four concerts which include Beijing Concert Hall and Shanghai Symphony Hall.
Schwizgebel records for Aparté; his recording of Beethoven’s First and Second Piano Concertos with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Thierry Fischer received critical acclaim with Gramophone magazine describing Schwizgebel’s performance as a “beautifully nuanced account.” His solo disc, Poems, which features 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 recording Saint-Saens’s Piano Concertos Nos 2 and 5 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra was released in autumn 2015, with Radio Classique selecting it as ‘Disc du Jour’.
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.
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