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Louis Lortie

Louis Lortie

For over three decades, the French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie has appeared worldwide, his performances and award-winning recordings attesting to his remarkable musical range. A student of Yvonne Hubert (a pupil of the legendary Alfred Cortot) in Montreal, the Beethoven specialist Dieter Weber in Vienna, and the Schnabel disciple Leon Fleisher, he won First Prize in the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in 1984 and the same year was a prize winner at the Leeds International Piano Competition. He has established long-term partnerships with orchestras such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Orchestre national de France, and Dresdner Philharmonie in Europe, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, and St Louis Symphony Orchestra in the US, and the symphony orchestras in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, and Calgary in Canada. Further afield, he has collaborated with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, where he was artist-in-residence in 2017 – 18, as well as the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan, and Adelaide and Sydney symphony orchestras. He enjoys regular partnerships with conductors such as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Edward Gardner, Sir Andrew Davis, Jaap van Zweden, Simone Young, Antoni Wit, and Thierry Fischer.

As a recitalist and chamber musician, Louis Lortie has appeared at venues and festivals across Europe and North America. He is co-founder and Artistic Director of the LacMus International Music Festival on Lake Como and a Master in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels. A thirty-year relationship with Chandos Records has produced a catalogue of more than forty-five recordings, covering repertoire from Mozart to Stravinsky and including a complete Beethoven sonata cycle and Liszt’s complete Années de pèlerinage, which The New Yorker named one of the top ten recordings of 2012. His recording of Lutoslawski’s Piano Concerto with Edward Gardner and the BBC Symphony Orchestra has received high praise, as have his Chopin recordings (an ongoing project to record all Chopin’s solo piano music), one of which The New York Times named among the Recordings of the Year in 2012, while Fanfare described another, of the composer’s Waltzes, as offering ‘Chopin playing of sublime genius’. Louis Lortie and his fellow pianist Hélène Mercier have recorded Le Carnaval des animaux, with Neeme Järvi and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as Vaughan-Williams’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Rachmaninoff’s complete works for two pianos.

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