The brilliant and highly-esteemed French Canadian pianist Louis Lortie has extended his interpretative voice across a broad range of repertoire rather than choosing to specialize in one particular style. The London Times has identified the artist’s “combination of total spontaneity and meditated ripeness that only great pianists have”.
He has recently performed with the Chicago Symphony, the Sydney Symphony, OSESP/Sao Paulo, the Royal Philharmonic, and toured with the Leipzig Gewanhaus, the La Scala Orchestra and with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn. Upcoming engagements include the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Dresden Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony and recitals at London’s Wigmore, in Aldeburgh, Detmold, Berlin, Bonn, Florence, Sao Paulo, and at the Bergen Festival and the Raiding Liszt Festival.
Mr. Lortie has performed with the world’s leading conductors, including Riccardo Chailly, Jaap Van Zweden, Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa, Charles Dutoit, Neeme Järvi, Sir Andrew Davis, Emmanuel Krivine, Sir Mark Elder, Andres Orozco-Estrada and Osmo Vänskä. His play/conducting engagements are with great orchestras world-wide.
He has made more than 45 recordings for the Chandos label, covering repertoire from Mozart to Stravinsky, including a set of the complete Beethoven sonatas and the complete Liszt “Annees de Pelerinage”, which was named one of the ten best recordings of 2012 by the New Yorker Magazine. His recording of the Lutosławski Piano Concerto with Edward Gardner and the BBC Symphony received high praise, as did a recent Chopin recording (he is recording all of Chopin’s solo piano music for Chandos), which was named one of the best recordings of the year by the New York Times. Many recordings are planned, including the just-released Chopin Waltzes, Saint Saens’ Africa, Wedding Cake, and Carnival of the Animals with Neeme Jarvi and the Bergen Philharmonic, Rachmaninov’s complete works for two pianos with Helene Mercier, Poulenc works for piano and orchestra with the BBC Philharmonic, Faure piano works, and Scriabin piano works. For the Onyx label, he has recorded two highly-acclaimed CDs with violinist Augustin Dumay.
Louis Lortie studied in Montreal with Yvonne Hubert (a pupil of the legendary Alfred Cortot), in Vienna with Beethoven specialist Dieter Weber, and subsequently with Schnabel disciple Leon Fleisher. In 1984, he won First Prize in the Busoni Competition and was also prizewinner at the Leeds Competition. He has lived in Berlin since 1997 and also has homes in Canada and Italy.
For more information, visit www.louislortie.com
Louis Lortie last performed for La Jolla Music Society in the Frieman Family Piano Series on January 30 2011.