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Louis Lortie

Louis Lortie

French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie has attracted critical acclaim throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. He has extended his interpretative voice across a broad range of repertoire rather than choosing to specialise in one particular style. The Times, describing his playing as »ever immaculate, ever imaginative«, has identified Lortie’s »combination of total spontaneity and meditated ripeness that only great pianists have«.

Louis Lortie has performed complete Beethoven sonata cycles at Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonie and the Sala Grande del Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan. Die Welt described his Berlin performances as »possibly the finest Beethoven since the time of Wilhelm Kempff.« As both pianist and conductor with the Montreal Symphony, he has performed all five Beethoven concertos and all of the Mozart concertos. He has also won widespread acclaim for his interpretation of Ravel and Chopin. He performed the complete works of Ravel in London and Montreal for the BBC and CBC, and is renowned all over the world for his performances of the complete Chopin Études. He celebrated the bicentenary of Liszt’s birth in 2011 by performing the complete Années de pèlerinage at international music capitals and festivals, and he returned to Carnegie Hall in April, 2014 to perform it there. His Chandos recording of this monumental work was named one of the ten best of 2012 by the New Yorker magazine.

In 2014-2015 Louis Lortie returns to the Sydney and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, performs D’Indy’s “Symphony on a French Mountain Air” and the Franck Symphonic Variations with Charles Dutoit and the Chicago Symphony, returns to the Warsaw Philharmonie with the Krakow Philharmonic, the Toronto Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and the San Diego Symphony. He performs recitals in Sydney, London’s International Piano Series, Dusseldorf, Vienna, London’s Wigmore Hall, Berlin, Milan, Calgary and Brussels. In several of these recitals, his program will feature the preludes of Fauré and those of Scriabin, who died 100 years ago in 2015. With Hélène Mercier he performs a recital at the Aix-en-Provence Festival.