Louis Schwizgebel | Piano
A few words about Louis Schwizgebel
Louis Schwizgebel is recognised as one of the most talented pianists of his generation. He is the 2nd prize winner and youngest finalist at the Leeds International Piano Competition 2012. In the final round he performed Beethoven Piano Concerto Nr. 4 with The Hallé Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder broadcast on television BBC Four and BBC Radio 3.
Louis Schwizgebel's career was launched in 2005 when he was seventeen and won 2nd prize (1st prize not assigned), the publics choice award as well as the Coup de Coeur Breguet at the Geneva International Music Competition. This led to several invitations as well as to his first CD production with works from Mozart, Moszkowski, Schulhoff and Felix Mendelssohns piano concerto No. 2 with the Geneva Chamber Orchestra conducted by Paul Goodwin. He further confirmed his talent by winning the 1st prize at the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York in 2007.
Louis Schwizgebel workes with orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Royal Albert Hall), BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Vienna Symphony Orchestra (tour at Musikverein Vienna, Victoria Hall Geneva, Tonhalle Zürich, KKL Lucerne), Orchestra of St. Luke's, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Basel Symphony Orchestra, Verbier Festival Orchestra, China National Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic and Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra and the chamber orchestras of Zurich, Lausanne and Geneva with conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Fabio Luisi, Marek Janowski, Carl Davis, Thierry Fischer, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Keith Lockhart, Muhai Tang, Douglas Boyd, Christof Escher, Hervé Klopfenstein, Jean-Bernard Pommier, Louis Langrée and Alondra de la Parra.
Festival appearances include performances at Verbier Festival, City of London Festival, Bergen International Festival, Progetto Martha Argerich, Festival Septembre Musical de Montreux-Vevey, Ohrid Summer Festival, Usedomer Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, YCA Tokyo and Beijing Festival, St Prex Classics and Piano à St-Ursanne.
For solo recitals he was heard at prestigious venues like the New York Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall, Washington Kennedy Center, London Wigmore Hall, Gianadda Foundation Martigny, Vancouver Recital Society, Victoria Hall Geneva and the Swiss Pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai.
Louis Schwizgebel was born in 1987 into a Chinese-Swiss artist family. He studied piano at the Lausanne conservatory in the class of Brigitte Meyer, won 1st prizes at the Swiss Youth Music Competition and passed the soloist diploma aged fifteen with distinction. He followed master classes with Menahem Pressler, Christian Zacharias, Nelson Goerner and Pascal Devoyon. Supported by the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation, Louis Schwizgebel is currently studying at the New York Juilliard School in the classes of Emanuel Ax and Robert McDonald and works closely with Pascal Nemirovski.