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"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 the crucial rhythmic accents. He drew out in mysterious moments, searching passages and milky textures. And he has a romping good time in the dancing rondo." (Orchestra of St. Luke's / Alexander Mickelthwate / Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1) Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, May 2013
"I had Schwizgebel down as a romantic on the strength of his mature Schubert and Beethoven on a BBC Music Magazine Cover disc, but he can do the naughty stuff, the beat poetry, too, dashing off the runs, tongue-pokings and nose-thumbings as well as any enfant terrible." (National Youth Orchestra of G.B./Sage Gateshead/Edward Gardner/Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 1) David Nice, The Arts Desk, August 2014
"He avoided the current tendency to over-refinement in the Fourth, offering a performance on a biggish scale that was exceptional for its poetry and insight, and which stood comparisons with some of the great interpretations of the piece." (Leeds Int'l Piano Competition/The Halle Orchestra/Sir Mark Elder/ Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4) Tim Astley, The Guardian, September 2012
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.
Highlights of Schwizgebel’s 16/17 season include debuts with . . . the Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, 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 Prague 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 has performed with such international orchestras as the London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Vienna Symphony, Orchestre National de Lyon, and Orchestra of St. Luke's with conductors such as Fabio Luisi, Marek Janowski, Leonard Slatkin, Louis Langrée, and Vasily Petrenko. He has played at festivals including Progetto Martha Argerich and Menuhin Festival Gstaad, and in 2013 performed at the Verbier Festival under Charles Dutoit.
In August 2014 Schwizgebel made his BBC Proms debut playing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.1 with Edward Gardner and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Highlights of his 2014/15 season include his debuts with the City of Birmingham Symphony and Detroit Symphony, returns to the Macao Symphony and Lucerne Symphony, concerts with the BBC Philharmonic and BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and a 5-city tour of Europe with Thierry Fischer and the Animato Foundation Orchestra in halls including Smetana Hall in Prague, the Salzburg Mozarteum and Vienna Konzerthaus. His solo engagements include London’s Wigmore Hall, a recital at Munich’s Herkulesaal, and his debut at the Berlin Philharmonie.
Schwizgebel records for Aparté; his recent 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”. His latest recording of Schubert sonatas will be released later in 2016.