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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

“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

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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.

Saint-Saens Piano Concertos 2 & 5

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.

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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.

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.


26 November 2015

Lausanne , Switzerland

Théâtre de Beaulieu

Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15

with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Michael Schønwandt (conductor)

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27 November 2015

Geneva , Switzerland

Victoria Hall

Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15

with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Michael Schønwandt (conductor)

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28 November 2015

Aarau , Switzerland

Kultur & Kongresshaus Aarau

with Aarau Duo Recital

Alina Ibragimova (violin)

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13 December 2015

Lucerne , Switzerland

KKL Luzern

Mozart Piano Concerto No.21 in C major, K.467

with Lucerne Symphony Orchestra

Lahav Shani (conductor)

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17 December 2015

London , United Kingdom

Barbican Centre

Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4 in G major, Op.58

with BBC Symphony Orchestra

Edward Gardner (conductor)

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03 January 2016

Xiamen, Fujian , China

Xiamen Hongtai Arts Center

Mozart Piano Sonata No.18 in D major, K.576

with China Recital Tour

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06 January 2016

Wuhan, Hubei , China

Qintai Concert Hall

Mozart Piano Sonata No.18 in D major, K.576

with China Recital Tour

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08 January 2016

Beijing , China

Beijing Concert Hall

Mozart Piano Sonata No.18 in D major, K.576

with China Recital Tour

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10 January 2016

Shanghai , China

Shanghai Symphony Hall

Mozart Piano Sonata No.18 in D major, K.576

with China Recital Tour

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22 January 2016

Munich , Germany


Ravel Piano Concerto in G major, M.83

with Munich Symphony Orchestra

Christopher Altstaedt (conductor)

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21 February 2016

Troy, New York , United States

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 in E-flat major, Op.73 'Emperor'

with Albany Symphony

David Alan Miller (conductor)

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26 February 2016

Salt Lake City, Utah , United States

Abravanel Hall

Ravel Piano Concerto in G major, M.83

with Utah Symphony

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27 February 2016

Salt Lake City, Utah , United States

Abravanel Hall

Gershwin An American in Paris

with Utah Symphony

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09 March 2016

Ottawa, Ontario , Canada

National Arts Centre

Beethoven Piano Concerto No.2 in B-flat major, Op.19

with NAC Orchestra

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10 March 2016

Ottawa, Ontario , Canada

National Arts Centre

Haydn Symphony No.44 in E minor 'Trauer-Symphonie'

with NAC Orchestra

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

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 Munich Symphony. 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.

Louis Schwizgebel is represented by Intermusica worldwide.
2015/16 season / 497 words. Not to be altered without permission.




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