Born in 1987 into a family of artists from Switzerland and China, Louis Schwizgebel’s performances are steeped in imagination, rich in color 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 and 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 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, and Slatkin, Langrée, de la Parra, Gaffigan, Rouvali and Gabel amongst others.
Schwizgebel performs regularly in his native Switzerland, both in recitals and with the symphony and chamber orchestras; he has played in 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 program 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 program 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 the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, 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
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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