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Recital with Renaud Capuçon for the Crescendo con Musica Foundation

This month, Louis joins violinist Renaud Capuçon for a duo recital at the Crescendo con Musica Foundation’s annual gala on 19 October. Together they perform Franck’s Violin Sonata in A major and Ravel’s Violin Sonata No.2 in G major, accompanying Paris Opera dancers Aurélie Dupont and Alessio Carbone.

Elsewhere this month, Louis performs Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 with Fabien Gabel and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in two concerts at the Lighthouse in Poole and Exeter’s Great Hall on 25 and 26 October. He also returns to Germany for a recital in Ludwigshafen on 22 October, where he performs a programme of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No.13 in E-flat major, Chopin’s Ballades 2 & 3 and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

Instagram takeover of Classeek Music

Starting from Monday 25 September, Louis will be sharing and posting content on Classeek Music‘s Instagram profile, @classeekmusic. Classeek Music is a new platform on a mission to bring better music to more people by connecting great young musicians with exciting opportunities.

Louis will be posting pictures and videos throughout the week, giving an insight into his career, life and hobbies. Follow @classeekmusic on Instagram for more.

Live on BBC Radio 3, 22 August 2017

Louis will be live on BBC Radio 3 on 22 August, appearing on In Tune from 6pm, performing Chopin Ballades Nos.2 & 3. This is in advance of his recital at the North Norfolk Music Festival, where he will also perform two Beethoven Sonatas and Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition.

Listen to the broadcast here.

Debuts with the Orquestra Sinfónica de Minería & São Paulo Symphony Orchestra

Louis makes debuts this month with two of the major orchestras in the Americas. He gives his first on 12 August with the Orquestra Sinfónica de Minería at Mexico City’s Sala Nezahualcóyotl, where he performs Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1 under the baton of Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto. He gives a second performance with Prieto and the orchestra on 13 August.

Louis then continues on the Brazil for his debut performances with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra. He joins the orchestra and conductor Valentina Peleggi for three performances of Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No.5 ‘Egyptian’ on 17, 18 and 19 August.

On the recital stage this month, Louis 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.

Trio debut at the Concertgebouw with Narek Hakhnazaryan and Benjamin Beilman

Louis will perform alongside cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan and violinist Benjamin Beilman in Amsterdam at the Concertebouw’s Robeco Summer Nights Festival. The festival presents two months of concerts of classical, jazz, cabaret, film scores and more from world class artists from the Netherlands and elsewhere.

Performing in the Concertgebouw’s Recital Hall on 14 July, the trio present a programme of works by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Ravel. They will also appear on the programme Opium on Dutch classical radio station NPO Radio 4 on 13 July, to preview the concert with interviews and a short performance.

Saint-Saëns with the Macao Orchestra

Louis returns to Macao this month to perform Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No.2 with the Macao Orchestra on 10 June. The concert is conducted by Gilbert Varga, with whom Louis made his Royal Liverpool Philharmonic debut in March.

Louis recorded the 2nd and 5th Saint-Saëns concertos for Aparté with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 2015 – click here to listen to an extract from the album.

“Schwizgebel was able to demonstrate his considerable virtuosity”: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

“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… Schwizgebel was able to demonstrate his considerable virtuosity. I found his playing to be very precise and the relationship between him and Gabel ensured that soloist and orchestra held tightly together in tempo and momentum throughout.”
Bachtrack, April 2017

“Louis Schwizgebel gave an unaffected reading of the solo part […] with a poised elegance to the Romanze that never cloyed and a vivacity that saw the finale home in engaging fashion.”
Independent, April 2017

Recital at Lugano Musica’s New Generation cycle

Louis appears in recital at Lugano Arte e Cultura on 3 May as part of Lugano Musica’s New Generation cycle. Louis performs a Romantic programme comprised of Schumann Kinderszenen, two of Chopin’s Ballades, Beethoven 32 Variations and Schubert Sonata No.21.

Louis 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

“A superbly nuanced performance” BBC National Orchestra of Wales

“Again this was a superbly nuanced performance, and the delivery of the fiendishly difficult solo part by Louis Schwizgebel had all the brilliance one could wish. The fact that he didn’t use a score (in a work which he surely not likely to play all that often) also helped communication, and made the difficulties seem negligible.”
Seen and Heard International, April 2017

Performances with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

This month Louis makes returns to two UK orchestras, starting with a performance with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales on 7 April. Performing under the baton of Jun Märkl, Louis plays Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No.5 ‘Egyptian’ in F major. The Egyptian-themed programme also features Debussy Six Epigraphes Antiques, Ravel Sheherazade and Debussy’s ballet Khamma. Louis recorded the Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No.5 for his acclaimed 2015 Aparté album with the BBC Symphony Orchestra:

“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.”
BBC Music Magazine

Louis then returns to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra on 26 April to perform Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor in the Birmingham Symphony Hall, conducted by Fabien Gabel. He also gives a recital of Beethoven, Brahms and Mussorgsky in Porrentruy on 21 April.

Debuts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec

Louis made his debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra on 2 and 5 March, performing under the baton of Gilbert Varga. Louis joined the orchestra to perform Ravel Piano Concerto on 2 March and Grieg Piano Concerto on 5 March.

Louis 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.

Debut with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Louis steps in to make his debut with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra on 17 February 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. Louis and the orchestra repeat the programme the following day at Glasgow’s City Halls.

Louis’ recording of Beethoven’s first two Piano Concertos with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Thierry Fischer was well-received by the press:

“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

“Schwizgebel’s musicianship has special depth and imagination”: reviews for Louis’ St John’s Smith Square recital

“[Schwizgebel] never disappoints. Let’s hope that audiences continue to be drawn in as much by his authoritative and stylish playing as by the intelligence and maturity of his interpretations. His playing has bags of personality, but it is not the sort of personality that gets in the way of the music. In a densely populated field, Schwizgebel’s musicianship has special depth and imagination.”
Classical Source, December 2016

“Schwizgebel opened the recital with Mozart’s very last piano sonata… He brought enormous clarity and precision to this performance and demonstrated a refined appreciation of Classical style. The ascending quavers in the opening Allegro were beautifully weighted and the articulation was superb. Schwizgebel brought a feathery lightness to some of the textures and there was wonderful shaping of the material… This recital featured some highly sensitive playing and real musical artistry.”
Seen and Heard International, December 2016

Debut with the Oslo Philharmonic

Louis makes his debut with the Oslo Philharmonic on 15 December, playing Mozart Piano Concerto in A-major, K.488, under the baton of David Afkham at the Oslo Konzerthus.

Louis’ performance in Oslo is the latest of a series of major debuts this season and comes hard on the heels of his first appearance 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.

Debut at the Lucerne Festival

Louis makes his debut at the Lucerne Festival in November, performing a solo recital of music by Schumann, Beethoven and Schubert.

Louis’s performance in Lucerne is the latest in a series of festival debuts this year, following performances at the Rheingau Musik Festival and Klavier-Festival Ruhr this summer.

“A path of nostalgia, vehemence and introspection”: Louis’ Schubert disc reviewed

“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

“This recording of two Schubert sonatas attests to an artistic maturity that complements his considerable digital skills… Mr. Schwizgebel has made this music sing and dance without having become percussively insistent, without cloying his melodies, and having maintained an artful balance of form and color most impressive to this listener.”
Audiophile Audition, November 2016

Debut with Aurora Orchestra in Bilbao

Louis makes his debut with the Aurora Orchestra this month, performing under the baton of Baldur Brönnimann at the Sociedad Filarmónica de Bilbao on 26 October. Louis joins the orchestra to perform Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1, which he recorded for Aparté with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2014.

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.

‘I like to programme recitals linked by a dramatic theme’: Interview with International Piano

Louis spoke to International Piano magazine ahead of his International Piano Series recital at St John’s Smith Square. In the interview he discusses how he developed the programme for his recital, ‘Light and Shade, Innocence and Experience’:

“I like to programme recitals linked by a dramatic theme, or even through harmonic links, where one piece finishes with a sound or chord that might also be the start of the next. The first half is light and innocent with Mozart’s Sonata No 18 in D major K576 and Schumann’s Kinderszenen, but the second has a dark and tormented mood, with Beethoven’s 32 Variations and Schubert’s D958 Sonata united by their C minor tonality. Thematically, Schubert alludes to Beethoven, too.”
Click here to read the full interview.

New release: Schubert Piano Sonatas D. 845 & D. 958

Louis Schwizgebel’s latest recording on Aparté of Schubert’s Sonatas D. 845 and 958 has now been released and is available to purchase on iTunes, Amazon UK, Amazon France and apartemusic.com.

Louis will be performing the Schubert sonatas in recitals across the 2016/17 season in venues across the UK (including London on 2 December), France, Switzerland – notably at the Lucerne Festival on 23 November – in Madrid and in the US.

Debut at the Dvořák Prague International Music Festival with Benjamin Beilman

Louis gives his debut performance in Prague at the Dvořák Prague Dvorák Festival on 16 September, performing in recital with violinist Benjamin Beilman in the wonderful Rudolfinum. Offering solo repertoire in the first half (Beilman plays Bach, Schwizgebel plays Schubert) they come together in the second half to play Dvorák’s Sonatina and Franck’s Sonata for Violin.

The recital in Prague follows an appearance at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern on 15 September, where Louis performs a mixed programme of solo and chamber works by Brahms, Ravel and Mozart.

Concerts

19 October 2017, 19:30

Geneva Chamber Concert
Genève, Switzerland
Renaud Capuçon (violin), Aurélie Dupont, Alessio Carbone (ballet dancers)
Bâtiment des Forces Motrices

C. Franck: Violin Sonata in A major, M.8
Ravel: Violin Sonata No.2 in G major, M.77

22 October 2017, 11:00

Ludwigshafen recital
Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany
Feierabendhaus der BASF

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.13 in E-flat major, Op.27, No.1 ‘Quasi una fantasia’
Chopin: Ballade No.2 in F major, Op.38
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

25 October 2017, 19:30

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Poole, United Kingdom
Fabien Gabel (conductor)
Lighthouse

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

26 October 2017, 19:30

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Exeter, United Kingdom
Fabien Gabel (conductor)
The Great Hall

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

11 November 2017, 19:30

Munich Symphony Orchestra
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Fabrizio Ventura (conductor)
Kongresshaus Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major, M.83

08 December 2017, 20:30

Bourg recital
Bourg, France
Château de la Citadelle

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.13 in E-flat major, Op.27, No.1 ‘Quasi una fantasia’
Chopin: Ballade No.2 in F major, Op.38
Chopin: Ballade No.3 in A-flat major, Op.47
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.14 in C-sharp minor, Op.27, No.2 ‘Quasi una fantasia’
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

20 January 2018, 19:30

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Leeds, United Kingdom
Ben Gernon (conductor)
Leeds Town Hall

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 in E-flat major, Op.73 ‘Emperor’

26 January 2018, 20:00

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Fabien Gabel (conductor)
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 in E-flat major, Op.73 ‘Emperor’

27 January 2018, 20:00

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Fabien Gabel (conductor)
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 in E-flat major, Op.73 ‘Emperor’

01 February 2018, 19:00

Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Bratislava, Slovakia
Emmanuel Villaume (conductor)
Slovak Philharmonic Hall

Mozart: Piano Concerto No.26 in D major, K.537 ‘Coronation’

02 February 2018, 19:00

Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Bratislava, Slovakia
Emmanuel Villaume (conductor)
Slovak Philharmonic Hall

Mozart: Piano Concerto No.26 in D major, K.537 ‘Coronation’

14 April 2018, 20:00

The Florida Orchestra
St. Petersburg, United States
Elim Chan (conductor)
Mahaffey Theater

Mozart: Piano Concerto No.26 in D major, K.537 ‘Coronation’

15 April 2018, 14:00

The Florida Orchestra
St. Petersburg, United States
Elim Chan (conductor)
Mahaffey Theater

Mozart: Piano Concerto No.26 in D major, K.537 ‘Coronation’

03 June 2018, 17:00

Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire
Trélazé, France
Thierry Fischer (conductor)
Arena Loire Trélazé

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 in E-flat major, Op.73 ‘Emperor’

05 June 2018, 20:30

Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire
Nantes, France
Thierry Fischer (conductor)
La Cité Nantes Events Center

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 in E-flat major, Op.73 ‘Emperor’

06 June 2018, 20:30

Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire
Nantes, France
Thierry Fischer (conductor)
La Cité Nantes Events Center

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 in E-flat major, Op.73 ‘Emperor’

About

Born in 1987 into a family of artists from Switzerland and China, Louis Schwizgebel’s performances are steeped in imagination, rich in colour and musical insight.  A refined pianist, Schwizgebel is hailed repeatedly for the clarity of his playing and his exceptional fingerwork.  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 between 2013-2015 he was a BBC New Generation Artist.

Schwizgebel has performed with many orchestras across the globe including the London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Wiener Symphoniker, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Zurich Tonhalle, Nagoya, Shanghai Philharmonic and Macao orchestras, Utah Symphony and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s (NYC) amongst others and in 2014 made his debut at the BBC Proms with an electrifying televised performance of Prokofiev’s First Concerto. He has worked with conductors such as Dutoit, Elder, Gardner, Gražynite-Tyla, Thierry Fischer, Luisi, 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. Elsewhere recent recital highlights include performances at London’s Wigmore Hall, International Piano Series (London), Klavierfest Ruhr, Rheingau Festival, Fribourg International Piano Series, Munich’s Herkulesaal, Prague’s Rudolfinium Hall, Stockholm Piano Series, on tour across Hong Kong and China including in Beijing and Shanghai and at the Lille Piano Festival when he performed with his father, the Swiss animator George Schwizgebel, in a programme combining music and animation, featuring works by Chopin and Schubert.  A regular chamber performer, Schwizgebel made his debut at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in a trio programme with Narek Hakhnazaryan and Benjamin Beilman at the Robeco Summer Concerts 2017.

Highlights of Schwizgebel’s 17/18 season include debuts in Mexico and Brazil with the Mineria Orchestra and Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra respectively.  Debuts in Europe include with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Bournemouth Symphony and Slovak Philharmonic orchestras and in the US with Florida and Milwaukee Symphony orchestras.  He will return to Leeds with the BBC Philharmonic and plays again with the Munich Symphony.  In recital he will make his debut at the Musashino Foundation in Tokyo, and perform across the UK, Germany and France and in Switzerland with Renaud Capuçon.

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.  He now lives in London.

Schwizgebel is grateful for the support he has received from the Migros Culture Percentage, Hans Wilsdorf Foundation, Mozart Gesellschaft Dortmund and Animato Foundation.

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