Intermusica at the 2019 Verbier Festival: 18 concerts over 16 days
The Verbier Festival opens on 18 July 2019, beginning two weeks of concerts from some of classical music’s biggest stars. As ever there is a strong Intermusica presence, with nine artists performing throughout the festival. Several concerts will be streamed live on Medici.tv – click here for more details.
Kristóf Baráti made his debut at Verbier in 2016, giving two sensational back-to-back recitals of Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin. He has since become a festival favourite and this year joins Valery Gergiev and the Verbier Festival Orchestra to perform Bartók at the festival’s opening concert at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 18 July. On 23 July, Baráti unites with Lahav Shani and Sergei Babayan for an all-star chamber concert at the Église at 11am. Shani and Babayan begin the concert with Mozart Sonata for Two Pianos in D major, after which Baráti leads a performance of Brahms Piano Quartet No.1 with Shani, Lawrence Power and Jian Wang.
On 19 July, Narek Hakhnazaryan and Daniil Trifonov unite for a recital at the Église at 4pm. Together they perform sonatas by Shostakovich and Rachmaninov, a repeat of their recital programme during Trifonov’s recent residency at the Rheingau Festival. Hakhnazaryan also performs at the Église at 11am on 22 July, joining Marc Bouchkov and Behzod Abduraimov to play piano trios by Rachmaninov, Dvořák and the Armenian composer Arno Babajanian.
Daniil Trifonov gives two further performances at the festival this year. On 20 July he gives a sold-out solo recital at the Église at 8pm, performing a wide-ranging programme of 20th century music. The following day, he joins Sergei Babayan to perform works for two pianos by Robert Schumann, Bach and Mozart with Gábor Takács-Nagy and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm. Babayan also gives a solo recital of Chopin at the Église at 8pm on 29 July.
George Li returns to Verbier for three performances. On 21 July at 8pm he joins Daniel Hope, Lawrence Power and his fellow rising star Sheku Kanneh-Mason to perform music by Bridge, Elgar and Rebecca Clarke. Li and Kanneh-Mason then reunite on 24 July in recital at the Église at 11am, performing music by Beethoven, Debussy, Lutosławski, Fauré and Mendelssohn. Li brings his stay at the festival to a close with a solo recital of linked pieces by Beethoven and Schumann at the Église at 11am on 27 July.
This year sees the return of Louis Schwizgebel to Verbier for a solo recital at the Église at 4pm on 26 July. Schwizgebel performs three works by Debussy: the evocative Estampes, with its movements evoking Indonesia, Moorish Spain and a violent rainstorm, Images oubliées and L’isle joyeuse. His recital culminates in Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition.
Lahav Shani is joined by violinist Vadim Repin and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 27 July. Shani opens the concert with Weber Overture to Oberon and then conducts Repin in Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.2. The concert culminates in Mendelssohn Symphony No.3 ‘Scottish’. He also conducts the Verbier Festival Orchestra at the Salle des Combins in a concert of Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Stravinsky at 7pm on 31 July.
Renaud Capuçon’s return to Verbier comes alongside pianist András Schiff in a sold-out recital at the Église at 11am on 28 July. Their programme features three different composers embodying three different ways of exploring the sonata form: Debussy, Schumann and Franck.
Leonidas Kavakos is a firm favourite of the Verbier audience and this year gives two performances at the Salle des Combins. On 29 July he performs Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano No.9 with Evgeny Kissin at 7pm, and he then returns on 2 August (also at 7pm) to perform Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with Antoine Tamestit and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra.
Antoine Tamestit gives two further performances at this year’s festival. He is first joined by harpsichordist Masato Suzuki for a recital of music by Bach at the Église at 11am on 1 August. As well as collaborating on Bach’s Sonatas for Viola da gamba and harpsichord, the two musicians separately perform his Cello Suite No.2 and French Suite No.5. Tamestit also joins his regular collaborators in the Quatuor Ébène at 11am the Église on 29 July to perform Mozart String Quintet No.4.
Louis Schwizgebel joins Ben Gernon for debut with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse
Louis Schwizgebel makes his debut with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse this month, performing Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1 on 18 May 2019. The concert is conducted by Ben Gernon, who also leads the orchestra in the overture from Weber Der Freischütz and Brahms Symphony No.2.
Schwizgebel follows his debut in Toulouse with a recital at the Hay Festival on 28 May. The recital features a programme of Ravel Gaspard de la nuit, Debussy L'isle joyeuse and Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition and will be recorded by BBC Radio 3.
Gernon made his debut with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse in November 2017. Elsewhere this month he returns to the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra on 9 May for a programme of Butterworth The Banks of Green Willow, Vaughan Williams On Wenlock Edge and Stravinsky The Firebird. Before the concert, he discusses aspects of the programme with BBC SSO violinist Alex Gascoine.
Louis Schwizgebel, Narek Hakhnazaryan and Benjamin Beilman perform at the Wigmore Hall
The trio will perform two classics of the piano trio repertoire, Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No.1 and Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No.1, as well as Rachmaninov’s Vocalise arranged for trio by Hakhnazaryan’s pianist mother, Gayane.
The lunchtime concert, their London Trio debut, will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
The trio next perform together on 17 April at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
Louis Schwizgebel, Narek Hakhnazaryan & Benjamin Beilman reunite in recital at Schloss Elmau & Geneva
Louis Schwizgebel, Narek Hakhnazaryan and Benjamin Beilman reunite this month for trio performances in Germany’s Schloss Elmau on 2 February and Geneva’s Salle Centrale Madeleine on the 5 February. The concerts are the first time Schwizgebel, Haknazaryan and Beilman have played together as a trio since their debut performance at the Concertgebouw in 2017.
Together Schwizgebel, Hakhnazaryan and Beilman perform Mendelssohn Piano Trio No.1, Ravel Piano Trio in A minor and Shostakovich Piano Trio.
The trio next perform together on 1 April at London's Wigmore Hall, which will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Louis Schwizgebel makes debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra with John Wilson
Louis Schwizgebel makes his debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra on 15 November 2018 in a concert conducted by John Wilson. Schwizgebel joins Wilson and the orchestra as the soloist for Gershwin Piano Concerto, a piece he played recently in another debut with the Orchestre National de France and Emmanuel Krivine.
Wilson appears annually in the Philharmonia season and also conducts the orchestra in Richard Rodney Bennett’s Celebration, and continues his exploration of British Symphonies with Walton Symphony No.1.
Louis Schwizgebel & Vassily Sinaisky perform with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Louis Schwizgebel returns to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for a concert on 23 October 2018 at St David’s Hall, Cardiff. Schwizgebel plays Mozart Piano Concerto No.21 under the direction of Vassily Sinaisky. Sinaisky also conducts the overture to Wagner Der fliegende Holländer and Sibelius Symphony No.1.
On 5 October, Schwizgebel makes his debut with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jaime Martín. Schwizgebel plays Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue at the National Concert Hall, Dublin. Schwizgebel recently performed the Gershwin, in another debut, with Emmanuel Krivine and the Orchestre National de France at the Festival de Radio France in July.
Louis Schwizgebel makes debut with the Orchestra National de France & Emmanuel Krivine
Louis Schwizgebel makes his debut with the Orchestre National de France on 20 July 2018, conducted by their Music Director Emmanuel Krivine at the Radio France Festival in Montpellier. Schwizgebel will be the soloist in Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue and Piano Concerto in F Major. The performance will be broadcast live on France Musique.
30-year old Schwizgebel, a former BBC New Generation Artist, has performed at the BBC Proms and with orchestras such as the Danish National Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, London Philharmonic orchestras; upcoming highlights include his debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra on 15 November, a return to the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, his debut with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and recitals in London, Amsterdam, Geneva and elsewhere.
"…the refinement of his playing put me in mind of previous winners of the Leeds such as Perahia and Lupu."
Seen & Heard International
Louis Schwizgebel & Thierry Fischer perform with the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire
Louis Schwizgebel joins fellow Intermusica artist Thierry Fischer in France this month for three concerts with the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire from 3 June 2018. Schwizgebel performs Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 ‘Emperor’, which Fischer follows with Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5. The first concert takes place at the Arena Loire Trélazé, and the following concerts are both at La Cité Nantes Events Centre on 5 and 6 June.
Schwizgebel performed the Beethoven earlier this season with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra:
"Schwizgebel turned inward for a completely involving, warm, soulful interpretation of the melodic second movement, built of small, intimate musical gestures and delicate colours of sound. The third movement, which continues from the second without a pause, didn’t so much begin as it launched, beginning with an explosion of sound and energy, unfolding in a delightfully exuberant performance."
Journal Sentinel, January 2018
Louis Schwizgebel makes Tokyo recital debut
Louis Schwizgebel debuts in Tokyo on 28 May 2018, performing a recital at the Musashino Cultural Foundation. He performs a programme of Schubert Allegretto D.915 and 4 Impromptus D.935 alongside Chopin 24 Preludes.
Schwizgebel has been highly praised for his performances of Schubert both in concert and on his most recent album for Aparté:
"A Schubert album of extraordinary precision... This magician of sound deploys playing of an exceptional clarity, supported by extreme precision and nimble fingering which lends an overall impression of fluidity to the work"
Le Figaro, December 2016
Louis Schwizgebel makes debut with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra & Nicholas Collon
Louis Schwizgebel makes his debut with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra this month, performing under the baton of Nicholas Collon on 10 May 2018. Schwizgebel performs Mozart Piano Concerto No.26 ‘Coronation’, which Collon follows with Mahler Symphony No.10.
Schwizgebel can also be seen in recital at Week-end Musical de Pully in Switzerland on 4. His programme features Schubert Allegretto in C Minor and 4 Impromptus, and Chopin 24 Preludes.
Collon also performs in the UK and Netherlands this month, leading his Aurora Orchestra in a programme of Ligeti at the Southbank Centre on 13 May, and conducting the Residentie Orkest on 25 May.
Louis Schwizgebel debuts with the Florida Orchestra
Louis Schwizgebel makes his debut with the Florida Orchestra in two concerts on 14 and 15 April 2018. Louis joins the orchestra at Mahaffey Hallto perform Mozart Piano Concerto No.26.
The concerts are conducted by Elim Chan, with whom Schwizgebel performed Beethoven Piano Concerto No.2 in 2017 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, a performance that was praised in The Scotsman for its “impressive technique and crisp attention to detail”.
Schwizgebel’s return to America follows well-received appearances with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in January where the press praised the “trancelike atmosphere” (Bachtrack) he created.
Louis Schwizgebel performs Mozart with the Soloistes de L’Academie Menuhin in Geneva
Louis Schwizgebel returns to his native Switzerland this month for a performance of Mozart Piano Concerto No.12 with the Soloistes de L’Academie Menuhin, conducted by Oleg Kaskiv in Geneva’s Victoria Hall on 10 March 2018.
Last month Schwizgebel received glowing praise for his debut with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Fabien Gabel, when he played Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto:
"Schwizgebel brought a big, bright sound and an unrelenting musical energy to the piece’s striding first movement, making bold, driving musical statements ... Schwizgebel turned inward for a completely involving, warm, soulful interpretation of the melodic second movement, built of small, intimate musical gestures and delicate colours of sound. The third movement, which continues from the second without a pause, didn’t so much begin as it launched, beginning with an explosion of sound and energy, unfolding in a delightfully exuberant performance."
Journal Sentinel, January 2018
Intermusica at the Southbank Centre's 2018/19 classical season
The Southbank Centre launched its 2018/19 classical season on 30 January 2018, with Intermusica artists and performing throughout the year. Highlights include Marin Alsop continuing her relationship with the Southbank in concerts with the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra continuing their residency, and performances from Leonidas Kavakos, John Wilson, Kian Soltani and George Li.
Another major highlight of the season is the International Chamber Music Series, which Intermusica co-promotes with the Southbank Centre. This year it opens with a concert from Jordi Savall and his Hesperion XXI and features a concert marking the centenary of author Muriel Spark from the Nash Ensemble, and performances from Leonidas Kavakos and Yuja Wang, the Jerusalem, Artemis and Belcea quartets, and performances of Stockhausen by Southbank Centre Artist in Residence Pierre-Laurent Aimard.
Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra continue as Associate Orchestra with three concerts in the new season. The first, on 16 September 2018, pairs a memorized performance of Beethoven Symphony No.5 with HK Gruber's Frankenstein!! in a concert conceived and directed by Jane Mitchell. Their second, on 20 January 2019, is titled Songs from the Road and features Mahler's Songs of a Wayfarer, arrangements of folk ballads and the world premiere of Du Yun Where we lost our shadows. Their final concert takes place on 5 June 2019 and features works by Beethoven, Thomas Adès, a Max Richter world premiere and Mozart's Symphony No.41.
Kirill Gerstein renews his partnership with Thomas Adès when he joins the composer and the London Philharmonic Orchestra on 26 September to perform Adès' concerto for piano and orchestra, In Seven Days.
Geoffrey Paterson returns to the London Sinfonietta on 13 October to conduct them in a performance of Pascal Dusapin Passion, a collaboration with Music Theatre Wales.
Patricia Bardon returns to the role of Baba the Turk in a performance of Stravinsky The Rake's Progress with Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra on 3 November.
Lahav Shani and Francesco Piemontesi join forces for a concert of Brahms and Beethoven with the Philharmonia Orchestra on 4 November. Shani conducts Weber Oberon Overture, Brahms Symphony No.1 and Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 'Emperor', with himself as piano soloist.
Marin Alsop makes her first visit of the season on 11 November, conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in a performance of Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem. She then returns on 16 January to conduct the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a contemporary programme with Colin Currie giving the world premiere of Helen Grime's Percussion Concerto.
John Wilson returns to the Philharmonia Orchestra on 15 November for a concert of Gershwin and Walton. He is joined by Louis Schwizgebel, who performs Gershwin Piano Concerto. Wilson then brings his John Wilson Orchestra to the Southbank Centre on 15 December, leading them in a characteristic programme of music from Hollywood and Broadway. He returns on 18 April to lead the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in a special performance of Gilbert & Sullivan Trial by Jury.
Mary Bevan joins the Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Brian Wright for a seasonal performance of Handel's Messiah on 16 December.
Leonidas Kavakos appears at the Southbank Centre's International Chamber Music Series on 18 January alongside Yuja Wang, performing a recital of Mozart, Prokofiev, Bartók and Strauss.
Martyn Brabbins joins the Philharmonia Orchestra on 20 January 2019 to conduct an English programme of Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Britten and the London premiere of Geoffrey Gordon's Prometheus, a concerto for bass clarinet and orchestra.
Jacques Imbrailo joins the Mozartists and conductor Ian Page on 29 January for the next concert in their Mozart 250 series, which is themed around the year 1769. Imbrailo sings arias by Gluck, Haydn, Arne, Gréty and Paisiello.
Susan Bickley returns to the Southbank Centre to sing Beethoven Symphony No.9 alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Oliver Gooch on 16 March.
Kian Soltani returns on 23 March after his acclaimed debut at Southbank Centre with the West–Eastern Divan Orchestra. This time he joins Edward Gardner and the London Philharmonic Orchestra to play Elgar Cello Concerto.
George Li joins Vasily Petrenko and the London Philharmonic Orchestra on 27 March to perform Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1, part of a programme that also features Khachaturian Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia and Walton Symphony No.1.
Following a critically acclaimed London conducting debut with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in 2017, Carlos Miguel Prieto returns to lead the young musicians in a concert on 12 April. Prieto conducts an exciting programme of Revueltas, Carlos Chávez and Copland.
Francesco Piemontesi returns to the International Piano Series on 2 May, performing a solo recital of works by Bach, Debussy and Rachmaninov.
Martin James Bartlett joins the Philharmonia Orchestra on 7 May to perform Ravel Piano Concerto in G, part of a programme that also features the world premiere of Cecilia McDowall Da Vinci Requiem.
Louis Schwizgebel performs Ravel in debut with the Munich Symphony Orchestra
Louis Schwizgebel makes his debut with the Munich Symphony Orchestra on 11 November 2017, joining the orchestra and conductor Fabrizio Ventura for a performance of Ravel Piano Concerto in G major. The concert takes place at the Kongresshaus in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany and the programme also features Ravel Le tombeau de Couperin and Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ Symphony No.3.
Schwizgebel gave a "debonair" performance of the concerto last season with the Utah Symphony and Thierry Fischer, and he also gave a critically acclaimed rendition with the London Philharmonic Orchestra:
"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
Louis Schwizgebel performs Chopin in return to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Louis Schwizgebel returns to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra this month, giving two performances of Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 on 25 and 26 October 2017. The concerts are conducted by Fabien Gabel, and take place at the Lighthouse in Poole and at Exeter's Great Hall.
Schwizgebel performed Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.1 with Gabel and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra earlier this year:
“Swiss soloist Louis Schwizgebel did not disappoint in his gentle touch. He produced a lovely lyrical dance, ballet-like, caressing the strings with the keyboard hammers yet maintaining crystal clear separation in the notes in even the most fleeting runs.”
Elsewhere this month, Schwizgebel joins fellow Intermusica artist Renaud Capuçon at the Crescendo con la Musica foundation's charity gala in Geneva on 19 October. Performing alongside Paris Opera ballet dancers Aurélie Dupont and Alessio Carbone, Schwizgebel and Capuçon perform violin sonatas by Franck and Ravel.
Louis Schwizgebel performs in recital at Les Solistes à Bagatelle
Louis Schwizgebel travels to Paris this month to take part in the summer festival series Les Solistes à Bagatelle on 10 September 2017. Schwizgebel performs a solo recital of Chopin Ballade No.2 in F major, Thomas Adès Darknesse Visible and Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition at the Orangerie du Parc de Bagatelle.
Schwizgebel’s Solistes à Bagatelle appearance follows his highly successful recital at the North Norfolk Music Festival, where he performed Beethoven Piano Sonatas No.13 and No.14 ‘Moonlight’, in addition to Chopin and Mussorgsky. Schwizgebel is an acclaimed recitalist, with Classical Source praising a recent appearance in London:
“Audiences continue to be drawn in as much by his authoritative and stylish playing as by the intelligence and maturity of his interpretations…In a densely populated field, Schwizgebel’s musicianship has special depth and imagination.” - Classical Source
Louis Schwizgebel makes debut with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra & Valentina Peleggi
Louis Schwizgebel travels to Brazil this month to make his debut with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra on 17 August 2017. Schwizgebel joins the orchestra and fellow Intermusica artist Valentina Peleggi at the Sala São Paulo to perform Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No.5 ‘Egyptian’. Peleggi also conducts Haydn Overture in D major and Rimsky-Korsakov Cappriccio espagnol, with two further concerts following on 18 and 19 August.
Schwizgebel recorded the concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra for Aparté, a performance which was highly praised by BBC Music Magazine:
"Schwizgebel's touch is gorgeously singing and wonderfully delicate, but can sharpen to serious bling when occasion demands - and he applies it judiciously. Throughout he shows exemplary musical taste and good sense, whilst making Saint-Saens's most fiendish passagework sound utterly effortless."
Before reaching São Paulo, Schwizgebel first travels to Mexico City to perform Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1 in C major on 12 and 13 August with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería, conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto, in the Sala Nezahualcóyotl.
Throughout the month, Schwizgebel will also gives a series of solo recitals at summer festivals in Europe. He performs a programme of Beethoven Piano Sonatas 13 and 14, Chopin Ballades 2 and 3, and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition at Les Musicales du Golfe du Morbihan and Nuits du Piano d’Erbalunga in France on 3 and 6 August respectively, and the North Norfolk Music Festival in the United Kingdom on 23 August.
Louis Schwizgebel, Narek Hakhnazaryan & Benjamin Beilman make trio debut at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw
Louis Schwizgebel, Narek Hakhnazaryan and Benjamin Beilman give their debut concert as a piano trio at the Robeco SummerNights Festival in Amsterdam on 14 July 2017. Performing at the city's Concertgebouw, the trio perform a programme of Beethoven Piano Trio No.7 in B-flat major, Shostakovich Piano Trio No.1 in C minor and Ravel Piano Trio in A minor.
Schwizgebel, Hakhnazaryan and Beilman give a preview of the concert the day before on the Dutch classical radio station Opium (NPO Radio 4). The artists will each be interviewed, and give a short performance.
Gilbert Varga & Louis Schwizgebel return to the Macao Orchestra
Gilbert Varga returns to Macao Orchestra for a performance at Macao Cultural Centre on 10 June 2017. Varga conducts the orchestra in a programme of Mendelssohn Märchen von der schönen Melusine, Brahms Symphony No.2 and Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No.2, for which he is joined by fellow Intermusica artist Louis Schwizgebel.
Following this, Varga returns to the Taipei Symphony Orchestra for a performance at Zhongshan Hall on 25 June. Varga is joined by pianist Fazil Say who performs Mozart Piano Concerto No.12, K.414. Also on the programme is Mozart Masonic Funeral Music, Bartók 4 Pieces for Orchestra and Ravel Bolero.
Louis Schwizgebel performs in recital at Lugano Musica’s New Generation cycle
Louis Schwizgebel appears in recital at Lugano Arte e Cultura on 3 May as part of Lugano Musica’s New Generation cycle. Schwizgebel performs a Romantic programme comprised of Schumann Kinderszenen, two of Chopin’s Ballades, Beethoven 32 Variations and Schubert Sonata No.21
Schwizgebel recorded Schubert’s piano sonatas with Aparté last year to great critical acclaim:
"A Schubert album of extraordinary precision"
Le Figaro, December 2016
“By tackling Franz Schubert in his most recent album, the young Swiss pianist plumbs the depths of the romantic soul, taking a path of nostalgia, vehemence and introspection.”
Radio Classique, October 2016
Louis Schwizgebel makes debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Gilbert Varga
Louis Schwizgebel makes his debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra on 2 and 5 March 2017, performing under the baton of fellow Intermusica artist Gilbert Varga. Schwizgebel joins the orchestra to perform Ravel Piano Concerto on 2 March and Grieg Piano Concert on 5 March. In addition to the concertos, Varga conducts works by Liszt and Bartók, as well as Ravel Mother Goose Suite and Grieg Peer Gynt.
Schwizgebel then travels to Canada to make a second debut of the month, this time with the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec. He performs Ravel Piano Concerto alongside the orchestra and conductor Fabien Gabel at the Grand Théâtre de Québec on 26 March.
Louis Schwizgebel debuts with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Louis Schwizgebel steps in to make his debut with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra on 17 February 2017 at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, performing Beethoven Piano Concerto No.2 under the baton of Elim Chan. The concerto is bookended by Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet 'Overture-Fantasy' and Rachmaninov Symphony No.2 in E minor, Op.27. Schwizgebel and the orchestra repeat the programme the following day at Glasgow's City Halls.
Schwizgebel has recorded Beethoven’s first two Piano Concertos with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Thierry Fischer (Aparté 2014), and his interpretation was critically praised:
“Schwizgebel’s playing is poised, lively and full of subtle, changing detail"
BBC Music Magazine, Apr 2015
“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”
Gramophone, March 2015
Louis Schwizgebel makes his debut with the Oslo Philharmonic
Louis Schwizgebel makes his debut with the Oslo Philharmonic on 15 December 2017, playing Mozart Piano Concerto in A-major, K.488, under the baton of David Afkham at the Oslo Konzerthus.
Schwizgebel’s perforamance in Oslo comes on the heels of his debut with the Aurora Orchestra in Bilbao in October this year. In 2017, he also makes debuts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Sao Paolo Symphony Orchestras. He also returns to the CBSO and the Macao Symphony Orchestra.
Louis Schwizgebel returns to Madrid for recitals at Fundación Juan March
Louis Schwizgebel returns to Madrid to give two lunchtime recitals at on 20 and 21 November 2016 at the Fundación Juan March. Schwizgebel performs Schumann Kinderszenen, Beethoven 32 Variations and Schubert Piano Sonata in C minor D.958.
Schumann Kinderszenen is a regular feature of Schwizgebel's recitals this season, and his recent perforamnce of the work in Olpe was highly praised:
"The performance of all [Schumann’s] 13 character pieces testified to a truly impressive amount of artistic creativity and interpretive depth. Through the finest of dynamics, agogic and articulation nuances, Schwizgebel infused Schumann’s miniatures with an entirely special individuality, which one frequently and fruitlessly searches for today in commonly played works of the piano repertoire."
Der Westen, October 2016
Critics also praised Schwizgebel’s recently released CD of Schubert Piano Sonatas (Aparte 2016), stating that “…the young Swiss pianist plumbs the depths of the romantic soul, taking a path of nostalgia, vehemence and introspection.”
Radio Classique, October 2016
Schwizgebel’s Madrid performances continue a busy recital period with recent performances at the Festival Piano in Valois and upcoming performances in Lucerne, Strasbourg, Quimper and London.
Baldur Brönnimann & Louis Schwizgebel debut with Aurora Orchestra in Bilbao
Baldur Brönnimann and Louis Schwizgebel make their debuts with Aurora Orchestra at Bilbao’s Sociedad Filarmónica de Bilbao on 26 October 2016.
The programme for the concert features Mozart Overture to Don Giovanni and Symphony No.40, with Schwizgebel performing Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1, which he recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra to great acclaim:
“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.”
“Schwizgebel’s playing is poised, lively and full of subtle, changing detail."
BBC Music Magazine
The concert in Bilbao is Brönnimann's second of the month in Spain, following a performance in Madrid with the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música on 15 October.
Schwizgebel arrives in Bilbao following a series of solo recitals across the UK and France, in Germany where he was playing with Ray Chen, and a tour of Switzerland with the Orchestre du Chambre de Lausanne conducted by Santtu-Mathias Rouvali.
Louis Schwizgebel's Schubert Sonatas released on Aparté
Louis Schwizgebel's new recording of Schubert's Sonatas D845 and 958 is released on Aparté on 7 October 2016. Schwizgebel performs the Schubert sonatas in many venues across Europe this season, including at the International Piano Series in London on 2 December and the Lucerne Festival on 23 November.
Louis Schwizgebel & Benjamin Beilman debut at the Dvořák Prague International Music Festival
Louis Schwizgebel and Benjamin Beilman travel to Prague on 16 September 2016 to make their debuts at the Dvořák Prague International Music Festival.
Together the duo perform a programme of Bach Partita No.2 in D minor, Schubert Piano Sonata No.19 in C minor, Dvořák Sonatina for Violin and Piano in G major and Franck Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major.
Schwizgebel and Beilman previously collaborated at the Berlin Philharmonie, a performance of which the Berliner Zeitung wrote:
“The interplay between Beilman and Schwizgebel revealed a real passion for discovery, as well as delight in the ability to show everything in a convincing perspective. Audiences will soon be coming back for more from these two artists.”
Louis Schwizgebel debuts at Klavier-Festival Ruhr
Louis Schwizgebel makes his debut performance at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr on 1 July 2016, performing Brahms Two Rhapsodies, Chopin Ballades No. 2 and No. 3, Beethoven 32 Variations and Schubert Piano Sonata in C minor at the Martinstift music school in Moehrs.
This recital follows Louis' recent solo performance in Hong Kong:
"Schwizgebel proved to be a virtuoso with a vein of modesty. He slipped into the skin of the composers and brought their music to life from within.”
South China Morning Post
Schwizgebel then travels to Paris for a recital at the Festival Chopin on 3 July, where performs the same programme.
Louis Schwizgebel debuts with the Tonhalle Orchestra & Lionel Bringuier
Louis Schwizgebel makes his debut with Tonhalle-Orchester and their chief conductor Lionel Bringuier this month, performing two performances at Tonhalle Zurich on 3 and 4 May 2016. Schwizgebel performs Beethoven Triple Concerto alongside soloists from the orchestra.
Schwizgebel 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."
Louis Schwizgebel makes Australian debut with Queensland Symphony Orchestra & Rory Macdonald
Louis Schwizgebel makes his Australian debut with two performances with Queensland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rory Macdonald on 21 and 23 April 2016. Schwizgebel joins the orchestra for Ravel Piano Concerto in G major. Schwizgebel 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, Schwizgebel 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.
Thierry Fischer & Louis Schwizgebel perform with the Utah Symphony
Thierry Fischer and Louis Schwizgebel reunite this month for two concerts with the Utah Symphony at Abravanel Hall on 26 and 27 February 2016. The pair previously collaborated on Schwizgebel's recording of Beethoven Piano Concertos, released in 2014.
Fischer leads the Utah Symphony in a dance-themed programme featuring Gottschalk, Debussy and Gershwin’s celebrated ballet suite from An American in Paris. Schwizgebel joins the orchestra to perform Ravel Piano Concerto in G major. The concerts mark Schwizgebel's debut with the orchestra, and come soon after his Swedish recital debut at Stockholm Concert Hall.
Louis Schwizgebel makes Swedish debut with recital at Stockholm Concert Hall
Louis Schwizgebel 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, Schwizgebel performs a similar programme as part of Festival Pianissimes in Paris, at Carreau de Temple.
Also in February, Schwizgebel 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, Schwizgebel once again collaborates with conductor and fellow Intermusica artist Thierry Fischer. He performs Ravel Piano Concerto in G major in a concert that also features performances by dancers from Ballet West.
Louis Schwizgebel & Sarah Tynan perform Beethoven and Tippett with BBC Symphony Orchestra
Louis Schwizgebel and Sarah Tynan return to the BBC Symphony Orchestra on 17 December 2015, when they join the orchestra to perform Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4 and Tipett A Child of our Time at the Barbican Centre under the baton of Edward Gardner.
Schwizgebel’s recording of Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos 1 and 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.”
Tynan is joined by Alice Coote, Rob Murray and Brindley Sherratt to perform Sir Michael Tippett's secular oratorio A Child of our Time. This month Tynan can also be heard in performances of Handel’s Messiah with the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast, as well as on tour to Switzerland, France, and Spain with the Gabrieli Consort. In February she makes her role debut as Ginevra in Handel Ariodante for Scottish Opera before returning to the BBC Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Orff Carmina Burana in March.
Louis Schwizgebel performs Ravel with London Philharmonic Orchestra
Louis Schwizgebel performs with the London Philharmonic Orchestra on 14 November 2015 under the baton of Robin Ticciati at Brighton Dome. Schwizgebel performs Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major, part of an all-French programme of Fauré, Ravel & Debussy.
Later in November, Schwizgebel 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. Schwizgebel joins the orchestra for Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.1.
The following day, Schwizgebel performs in recital with Alina Ibragimova at Kultur & Kongresshaus Aarau in the ‘surprise series’ – with the programme to be announced directly before the concert.
Louis Schwizgebel's recording of Saint-Saëns Piano Concertos 2 & 5 out now on Aparté
Louis Schwizgebel’s new 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.
Louis Schwizgebel performs at Festival de Radio-France et Montpellier
Louis Schwizgebel 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 Liszt’s Liebestraum No.3 and 3 Sonetti del Petrarcha at Montpellier’s Corum alongside Quatour Voce, who perform Janáček’s String Quartet No.2. The concert will be broadcast live on Radio France. Other solo recitals take place in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, featuring further works by Liszt and Schubert’s Piano Sonata in A minor, D.845.
Following this, Schwizgebel joins Thierry Fischer as soloist with Orchestre des Continents – the youth orchestra comprising 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.
Louis Schwizgebel performs with Detroit Symphony & Joshua Weilerstein
Louis Schwizgebel joins Detroit Symphony from 30 April for four performances around Michigan with conductor and fellow Intermusica artist Joshua Weilerstein. Schwizgebel makes his debut with the orchestra at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, Southfield, on 30 April, followed by further performances on 1 May at Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, Dearborn and two concerts at Orchestra Hall, Detroit on 2 and 3 May.
Schwizgebel performs Mozart Piano Concerto No.9, ‘Jeunehomme’, in a programme that also includes works by Britten, Pärt and Schumann.
Louis Schwizgebel: recital at Munich's Herkulessaal
Louis Schwizgebel performs as part of the Klassik Vor Acht series in Munich, with a recital on 23 March in Munich’s Herkulessaal. Schwizgebel will perform a programme of Haydn Sonata No.60, a selection of Liszt transcriptions of Schubert Lieder, and Schubert’s Sonata in A minor D845.
Following this, Schwizgebel performs a programme of chamber music in Solothurn on 25 March, performing Schumann alongside Alexandra Soumm, Blythe Teh Engstroem and Lionel Cottet.
Louis Schwizgebel performs in recital at London’s Wigmore Hall
Louis Schwizgebel performs a lunchtime recital at the Wigmore Hall in London on 23 February.
In a programme that “spans the gamut from Classical Haydn to the expressive extremes and technical challenges of Liszt’s virtuosic art,” Schwizgebel will play worked including Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No.6 and Consolation No.3, and a Ballade, Étude, Waltz and Fantaisie-Impromptu by Chopin.
The concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3, as part of its Monday Lunchtime Concerts series.
Louis Schwizgebel performs at the International Piano Series in Fribourg
In January, Louis Schwizgebel performs a solo recital at Shanghai Concert Hall and performs at the International Piano Series in Fribourg.
His recital at Shanghai Concert Hall takes place on 3 January, and will be broadcast live on the Shanghai Weekly Radio Concert programme. Schwizgebel performs a demanding and varied programme, featuring Mozart Piano Sonata No.9, a selection of Liszt Schubert Lieder transcriptions, Beethoven Piano Sonatas Nos 13 & 14, and Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No.6.
Schwizgebel will then perform once again with Edward Gardner in a performance with London Schools Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Hall on 7 January, where he will play Grieg’s Piano Concerto.
Following this, he will perform at the prestigious International Piano Series in Fribourg. The recital will take place at Université Fribourg on 17 January, and Schwizgebel will perform a programme of Haydn, Ravel and Schubert.
Louis Schwizgebel releases debut concerto recording with London Philharmonic Orchestra
In November 2014, Louis Schwizgebel’s debut concerto recording – of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto Nos 1 & 2 – is released on Aparté. Le Monde has already praised Schwizgebel’s performance, commenting that “The tone is clear, natural, playful; the luminous virtuosity coupled with a profound and poetic musicality.”
The recording, which follows Schwizgebel’s solo disc Poems on the same label, was recorded in London with London Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Thierry Fischer.
Schwizgebel and Fischer have collaborated previously on numerous occasions, most recently on a tour of Eastern Europe including Prague, Vienna and Bratislava. They are also due to appear together with Utah Symphony in a forthcoming season.
Watch a video filmed during the recording sessions:
Louis Schwizgebel makes BBC Proms and CBSO debut alongside Edward Gardner
Louis Schwizgebel will collaborate with conductor Edward Gardner when he makes his debut with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra on 18 October. Schwizgebel joins the CBSO for a Hungarian-inspired programme, in which he will play Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1.
The performance comes soon after Schwizgebel’s BBC Proms debut, also with Edward Gardner, in August. Schwizgebel performed Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.1 at the Royal Albert Hall in a Prom with National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain that was televised on BBC Four.
The concert was the culmination of a short tour with the orchestra and Gardner, with performances at Sage Gateshead (7 August) and Birmingham’s Symphony Hall (9 August).
Following this, Schwizgebel performed in a second Prom on 25 August, as part of Cadogan Hall’s chamber series. He performed Mozart’s Piano Sonata No.9, K.311, and joined former BBC New Generation Artists Royal String Quartet for Mahler’s Piano Quartet in A minor. The concert was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Schwizgebel follows his CBSO debut with a tour of Eastern Europe alongside Thierry Fischer and the Animato Foundation Orchestra. Schwizgebel will perform Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 in Stefaniensaal, Graz (25 October), Mozarteum, Salzburg (26 October), Reduta, Bratislava (28 October), Smetana Hall, Prague (29 October) and Vienna Konzerthaus (31 October).
Louis Schwizgebel gives a recital at KKL Lucerne
Louis Schwizgebel performs again in his native Switzerland on 3 April, when he gives a lunchtime recital at KKL Lucerne. Schwizgebel performs a varied programme, including Mozart’s Sonata K.311, a selection of Schubert Lieder transcribed for solo piano by Liszt, as well as Liszt’s Consolation and Hungarian Rhapsody No.6, and Holliger’s Elis.
Schwizgebel recorded Schubert’s Erlkönig (arr. Liszt) for his album Poems on the Aparté label.
Pianist Louis Schwizgebel joins Intermusica
London-based pianist Louis Schwizgebel has signed to Intermusica for worldwide general management. A BBC New Generation artist, Schwizgebel’s playing has been praised repeatedly for its poise and elegance, and his performances for their poetry and insight:
“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, May 2013, (New York’s Orchestra of St Luke’s)
Born in 1987 in Geneva, Swiss-Chinese Schwizgebel was winner of the Geneva Competition (2005) and second prize winner at the Leeds Competition (2012). In 2007 he was invited to join the roster of the Young Concert Artists (YCA) in New York.
In 2013 Schwizgebel performed Beethoven’s first piano concerto with Charles Dutoit at the Verbier Festival and in 2014 he will perform and record with a number of British orchestras as part of the BBC New Generation Scheme (which he joined in 2013), while maintaining a busy schedule of concerts across Europe and the US, and also joining the YCA’s festival in Tokyo and Beijing.
Schwizgebel’s first solo disc was recorded on Aparté Records last year. It features repertoire by Schubert, Liszt and Ravel, and received four stars from Germany’s Fono Forum.