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Louis Schwizgebel

Piano

  • Louis Schwizgebel has been described as "a genuine virtuoso, a spirited young genius with real depth" (Fono Forum) and an "insightful musician" (New York Times). He is praised repeatedly for his poise, elegance, imagination, expressive lyricism and crystalline articulation. He performs regularly in recital and with the finest orchestras across the globe and has received critical acclaim for his recordings.

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  • Schwizgebel’s 2019/20 season include debuts with the Bavarian Radio Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Bern Symphony orchestras in Europe, with Cincinnati Symphony, Omaha Symphony and Louisiana Philharmonic orchestras in the US and further afield with the Tasmanian Symphony and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestras.


    In recent seasons, highlights have included performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre Orchestre National de France, National du Capitole de Toulouse, Danish National Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, City of Birmingham Symphony, Vienna Symphony, Utah Symphony, Nagoya and Shanghai Philharmonic orchestras. Conductors he has worked with include Gardner, Gražynite-Tyla, Krivine, Collon, Thierry Fischer, Dutoit, Luisi, Shani, Ticciati, Langrée, John Wilson, Gaffigan, Rouvali and Gabel amongst others.


    In solo recital and chamber music, Schwizgebel performs regularly in the major festivals and halls including most recently London’s Wigmore, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Rheingau Festival, Klavierfest Ruhr, Lille Piano Festival and Singapore International Piano Festival, with artists such as Benjamin Beilman, Narek Hakhnazaryan, Renaud Capuçon and Alina Ibragimova.


    Schwizgebel performs frequently in his native Switzerland; he has played in the major festivals such as Verbier, Lucerne Progetto Martha Argerich and Menuhin Festival Gstaad and in 2019/20 makes his debut in the Meisterinterpreten series in Zurich. In 2014 he made his BBC Proms debut with an electrifying televised performance of Prokofiev’s First Concerto and in 2018 at the Festival de Radio France in a televised performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.


    Schwizgebel records for Aparté and his latest recording of Schubert Sonatas D845 and D958 was described as an "album of extraordinary precision" by Le Figaro. Previous releases include Saint-Saens’s Piano Concertos 2 and 5 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra – described as "gorgeously singing and wonderfully delicate" by BBC Music Magazine - and Beethoven’s First and Second Piano Concertos with the London Philharmonic Orchestra hailed as a "beautifully nuanced account" by Gramophone.


    Schwizgebel was born in 1987 in Geneva. He 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. 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 became a BBC New Generation Artist.

    2019/20 season / 543 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Concerto repertoire

Beethoven
Piano Concerto No.1 in C Major Op.15
Piano Concerto No.2 in B-flat Major Op.18
Piano Concerto No.4 in G Major Op.58
Piano Concerto No.5 in E-flat Major Op.73
Triple Concerto


Chopin
Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor Op.11
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


Liszt
Piano Concerto No.1 in E-flat Major


Mozart
Piano Concerto No.9 in E-flat Major (“Jeunehomme”) K.271
Piano Concerto No.21 in C Major K.467
Piano Concerto No.23 in A Major K.488
Concerto for Two Pianos in E-flat major K.365
Concerto for Three Pianos in F major, K.242


Poulenc
Concerto for Two Pianos


Price
Piano Concerto in One Movement


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


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


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
Pierre Bleuse
Martyn Brabbins
Lionel Bringuier
Baldur Brönnimann
Elim Chan
Nicholas Collon
Alondra de la Parra
Charles Dutoit
Sir Mark Elder
James Feddeck
Thierry Fischer
Michael Francis
Fabian Gabel
Edward Gardner
Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Ruben Gazarian
Ben Gernon
Roberto González Monjas 
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
Zsolt Hamar 
Daniel Huppert 
Marek Janowski
Neeme Järvi
Lü Jia
Emmanuel Krivine
Louis Langrée
Fabio Luisi
Rory Macdonald
Joanna Mallwitz
Jun Märkl
Jaime Martín
Santtu-Matias Rouvali
Valentina Peleggi
Andris Poga
Michael Schønwandt
Lahav Shani
Vassily Sinaisky
Leonard Slatkin
Gábor Takács-Nagy
Robin Ticciati
Jan van Steen
Gilbert Varga
Fabrizio Ventura
Emmanuel Villaume
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

Intermusica represents Louis Schwizgebel worldwide

Leyla Güneş
Associate Director
+44 20 7608 9927
lgunes@intermusica.co.uk

Chris Grieve
Assistant Artist Manager
+44 20 3929 9661
cgrieve@intermusica.co.uk

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Clarinet

Mark Simpson

Chansonnier

HK Gruber

Counter-tenor

Tim Mead

Piano accompanist

Roger Vignoles