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Louis Schwizgebel

Piano

  • Born in Geneva in 1987, Swiss-Chinese pianist Louis Schwizgebel has been described as an “insightful musician” by the New York Times and “already one of the great masters of the piano” by Res Musica. 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 invited to become a BBC New Generation Artist.

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  • 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, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Zurich Tonhalle, Nagoya and Shanghai Philharmonic orchestras, Utah Symphony and the Orchestra of St. Luke's (NYC) amongst others. He has worked with conductors such as Gardner, Gražynite-Tyla, Thierry Fischer, Weilerstein, Shani, Ticciati, Slatkin, Langrée, de la Parra, Gaffigan, Rouvali and Gabel amongst others.


    Schwizgebel performs regularly in his native Switzerland, both in recital and with the symphony and chamber orchestras; he has played in the major festivals including Progetto Martha Argerich, Menuhin Festival Gstaad and Verbier Festival and in 2016 made his debut at the Lucerne 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, Klavierfest Ruhr, Rheingau Festival, Fribourg International Piano Series, Munich’s Herkulesaal and on tour across Hong Kong and China including in Beijing and Shanghai.


    Highlights of Schwizgebel’s 16/17 season include debuts with the Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National, Sao Paulo Symphony and the Aurora Orchestra in Bilbao, returns to the Orchestre Chambre de Lausanne, City of Birmingham and Macao Symphony orchestras. In recital he makes his debut at the International Piano Series, London, at the Rudolfinium as part of the Prague Dvorak Festival, returns to Lugano, Bern and in chamber music he returns to the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival and makes his debut at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.


    Schwizgebel records for Aparté and recently released a solo disc of Schubert Sonatas D845 and D958. His recording of Saint-Saens’s Piano Concertos 2 and 5 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra received wide and critical acclaim, with BBC Music Magazine describing his playing as “gorgeously singing and wonderfully delicate”. Of his recording of Beethoven’s First and Second Piano Concertos with the London Philharmonic Orchestra Gramophone magazine described Schwizgebel’s performance as a “beautifully nuanced account” and his solo disc, Poems, featuring 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”.


    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.

    2016/17 biography / 498 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Concerto repertoire

J. S. Bach
Concerto for Four Keyboards BWV 1065


Beethoven
Piano Concerto No.1 in C Major Op.15
Piano Concerto No.2 in B-flat Major Op.18
Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor Op.37
Piano Concerto No.4 in G Major Op.58
Triple Concerto


Brahms
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat Major Op.83


Chopin
Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor Op.11
Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor Op.21
Grande Polonaise Brillante in B-flat Major Op.22


Gershwin
Rhapsody in Blue
Piano Concerto in F 


Grieg
Piano Concerto in A minor Op.16


Haydn
Piano Concerto in D Major Hob.XVIII/11


Liszt
Piano Concerto No.1 in E-flat Major


Martin
Symphonie Concertante for piano, harpsichord, harp and two string orchestras


Mendelssohn
Piano Concerto No.1 in G minor Op.25
Piano Concerto No.2 in D minor Op.40
Double Concerto for Violin and Piano


Mozart
Piano Concerto No.9 in E-flat Major (“Jeunehomme”) K.271
Piano Concerto No.11 in F Major K.413
Piano Concerto No.12 in A Major K.414
Piano Concerto No.14 in E-flat Major K.449
Piano Concerto No.21 in C Major K.467
Piano Concerto No.23 in A Major K.488
Rondo in D Major K.382
Concerto for Two Pianos in E-flat major K.365
Concerto for Three Pianos in F major, K.242


Poulenc
Concerto for Two Pianos


Prokofiev
Piano Concerto No.1 in D-flat Major Op.10


Rachmaninoff
Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor Op.18
Piano Concerto No.3 in G minor Op.30


Ravel
Piano Concerto in G Major
Piano Concerto for the Left Hand


Saint-Saëns
Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor Op.22
Piano Concerto No.5 in F Major Op.103


Schumann
Piano Concerto in A minor Op.54


Shostakovich
Piano Concerto No.2 in F Major Op.102


Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor Op.23

Conductors

David Afkham
Christophe Altstaedt
Martyn Brabbins
Lionel Bringuier
Baldur Brönnimann
Alondra de la Parra
Charles Dutoit
Sir Mark Elder
James Feddeck
Thierry Fischer
Michael Francis
Fabian Gabel
Edward Gardner
Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
Marek Janowski
Neeme Järvi
Lu Jia
Louis Langrée
Fabio Luisi
Rory Macdonald
Jun Märkl
Santtu-Matias Rouvali
Andris Poga
Michael Schønwandt
Lahav Shani
Leonard Slatkin
Jac van Steen
Gábor Takács-Nagy
Robin Ticciati
Gilbert Varga
Joshua Weilerstein
John Wilson

His passagework was lithe and sparkling; his phrasing lucid and shapely. Here was an insightful musician in action who brought out complexities in inner voices and gave an extra nudge to crucial rhythmic accents. He drew out mysterious moments, searching passages and milky textures. And he had a romping good time in the dancing rondo.

New York Times

Schwizgebel was most impressive: slight of build but astonishingly powerful, he highlighted the dark drama of Ravel’s sonorities, yet it was the expressivity of the slow poetic lines that were most potent

Guardian

This young artist is a genuine virtuoso, a spirited young genius with real depth… he produces an astonishing range of different colours and tones, showing an unerring instinct for the drama and tension of the cycle’s artificial brilliance and demonic energy… There is only one thing to be said after this hour of inspired music-making: Bravo!

Fono Forum

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Associate Director
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Associate Artist Manager
+44 20 7608 9928
hrawson@intermusica.co.uk

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