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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.


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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20 September 2015

Aarau, Switzerland

Kultur & Kongresshaus

Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16

Sascha Goetzel, conductor
Argovia Philharmonic

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22 September 2015

Aarau, Switzerland

Kultur & Kongresshaus

Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16

Sascha Goetzel, conductor
Argovia Philharmonic

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25 September 2015

Baden, Switzerland


Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16

Sascha Goetzel, conductor
Argovia Philharmonic

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4 October 2015

Zurich, Switzerland


Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16

Sasha Goetzel, conductor
Argovia Philharmonic

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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 next recording of Saint-Saens’s Piano Concertos Nos 2 and 5 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra will be released later in 2015.

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


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