Louis Schwizgebel has been described as "a genuine virtuoso, a spirited young genius with real depth" (Fono Forum) and an "insightful musician" (New York Times). He is praised repeatedly for his poise, elegance, imagination, expressive lyricism and crystalline articulation. He performs regularly in recital and with the finest orchestras across the globe and has received critical acclaim for his recordings.
Schwizgebel’s 2019/20 season include debuts with the Bavarian Radio Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Bern Symphony orchestras in Europe, with Cincinnati Symphony, Omaha Symphony and Louisiana Philharmonic orchestras in the US and further afield with the Tasmanian Symphony and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestras.
In recent seasons, highlights have included performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre Orchestre National de France, National du Capitole de Toulouse, Danish National Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, City of Birmingham Symphony, Vienna Symphony, Utah Symphony, Nagoya and Shanghai Philharmonic orchestras. Conductors he has worked with include Edward Gardner, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Emmanuel Krivine, Nicholas Collon, Thierry Fischer, Charles Dutoit, Fabio Luisi, Lahav Shani, Robin Ticciati, Louis Langrée, John Wilson, James Gaffigan, Santtu-Matias Rouvali and Fabien Gabel amongst others.
In solo recital and chamber music, Schwizgebel performs regularly at the major festivals and halls including most recently London’s Wigmore, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Rheingau Festival, Klavierfest Ruhr, Lille Piano Festival and Singapore International Piano Festival, with artists such as Benjamin Beilman, Narek Hakhnazaryan, Renaud Capuçon and Alina Ibragimova.
Schwizgebel performs frequently in his native Switzerland; he has played in the major festivals such as Verbier, Lucerne Progetto Martha Argerich and Menuhin Festival Gstaad and in 2019/20 makes his debut in the Meisterinterpreten series in Zurich. In 2014 he made his BBC Proms debut with an electrifying televised performance of Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 1 and in 2018 at the Festival de Radio France in a televised performance of Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue.
Schwizgebel records for Aparté and his latest recording of Schubert Sonatas D845 and D958 was described as an "album of extraordinary precision" by Le Figaro. Previous releases include Saint-Saens Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 5 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, described as "gorgeously singing and wonderfully delicate" by BBC Music Magazine and Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra hailed as a "beautifully nuanced account" by Gramophone.
Schwizgebel was born in 1987 in Geneva. He studied with Brigitte Meyer in Lausanne and Pascal Devoyon in Berlin, and then later at the Juilliard School with Emanuel Ax and Robert McDonald, and at London’s Royal Academy of Music with Pascal Nemirovski. 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 became a BBC New Generation Artist.
Piano Concerto No.1 in C Major Op.15
Piano Concerto No.2 in B-flat Major Op.18
Piano Concerto No.4 in G Major Op.58
Piano Concerto No.5 in E-flat Major Op.73
Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor Op.11
Grande Polonaise Brillante in B-flat Major Op.22
Rhapsody in Blue
Piano Concerto in F
Piano Concerto in A minor Op.16
Piano Concerto No.1 in E-flat Major
Piano Concerto No.9 in E-flat Major (“Jeunehomme”) K.271
Piano Concerto No.21 in C Major K.467
Piano Concerto No.23 in A Major K.488
Concerto for Two Pianos in E-flat major K.365
Concerto for Three Pianos in F major, K.242
Concerto for Two Pianos
Piano Concerto in One Movement
Piano Concerto No.1 in D-flat Major Op.10
Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor Op.18
Piano Concerto in G Major
Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor Op.22
Piano Concerto No.5 in F Major Op.103
Piano Concerto in A minor Op.54
Piano Concerto No.2 in F Major Op.102
Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor Op.23
Alondra de la Parra
Sir Mark Elder
Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Roberto González Monjas
Jan van Steen
New York Times
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 crucial rhythmic accents. He drew out mysterious moments, searching passages and milky textures. And he had a romping good time in the dancing rondo.
Schwizgebel was most impressive: slight of build but astonishingly powerful, he highlighted the dark drama of Ravel’s sonorities, yet it was the expressivity of the slow poetic lines that were most potent
This young artist is a genuine virtuoso, a spirited young genius with real depth… he produces an astonishing range of different colours and tones, showing an unerring instinct for the drama and tension of the cycle’s artificial brilliance and demonic energy… There is only one thing to be said after this hour of inspired music-making: Bravo!