Louis Lortie

Louis Lortie – pianistLouis Lortie

For over three decades, French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie has performed world-wide, building a reputation as one of the world’s most versatile pianists. He extends his interpretative voice across a broad spectrum of repertoire, and his performances and award-winning recordings attest to his remarkable musical range.

In demand on five continents, Lortie has established long-term partnerships with orchestras such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France and Dresden Philharmonic in Europe, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, San Diego Symphony and St Louis Symphony in the US. In his native Canada he regularly performs with the major orchestras in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa and Calgary. Further afield, collaborations include the Shanghai Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, and the Adelaide and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. Regular partnerships with conductors include, among others, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Edward Gardner, Sir Andrew Davis, Jaap Van Zweden, Simone Young, Antoni Wit and Thierry Fischer.

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In recital and chamber music, Louis Lortie appears in the world’s most prestigious concert halls and festivals, including London’s Wigmore Hall, the Philharmonie de Paris, Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony Hall, the Beethovenfest Bonn and Liszt Festival Raiding. Louis Lortie is co-founder and Artistic Director of the LacMus International Festival on Lake Como and a Master in Residence at The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel of Brussels. Together with fellow pianist Hélène Mercier, as the Lortie-Mercier duo, he has also shed new light on the repertoire for four hands and two pianos both in the concert hall and on several best-selling recordings.

Special projects for 2019/20 season include performances of Liszt ‘complete Années de Pèlerinage in one evening at the Beethoven Festspiele and CAL Perofrmances. Celebrating Beethoven’ special anniversary in 2020, he will perform a complete sonata cycle in Montreal and Waterloo (Belgium) as well as a complete concerto cycle with the New-Jersey Symphony and Xian Zhang.

A prolific recording artist, Lortie’s thirty-year relationship with Chandos Records has produced a catalogue of over 45 recordings on the label, covering repertoire from Mozart to Stravinsky, including a complete Beethoven sonata cycle and the complete Liszt ‘Années de pèlerinage’, which was named as one of the top ten recordings of 2012 by the New Yorker. His recording of the Lutosławski Piano Concerto with Edward Gardner and the BBC Symphony Orchestra received high praise, as have his Chopin recordings. In duet with Hélène Mercier, he recorded Carnival of the Animals with Neeme Jarvi and the Bergen Philharmonic and Vaughan-Williams’ Concerto for Two Pianos as well as Rachmaninov’s complete works for two pianos. Current recording projects include the five Saint-Saëns piano concertos with Edward Gardner and BBC Philharmonic, solo piano works by Fauré and the complete works of Chopin. He has also recorded two acclaimed CDs with violinist Augustin Dumay for Onyx Classics.

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 the same year he was a prizewinner at the Leeds Competition.

June 2019

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Concert Dates

June - December 2019
Date & Time Venue Details
Saturday, 8th June
20:30
Teatro Auditorium Manzoni
Bologna, Italy

MOZART: Piano Concerto no.20 in D minor K.466

Orchestra Filarmonica di Bologna

conductor: Hirofumi Yoshida

Friday, 21st June
19:00
Spielbank Feuchtwangen
Feuchtwangen, Germany

LISZT: Années de Pèlerinage, Selection

Friday, 16th August
20:00
Adelaide Town Hall
Adelaide, Australia

RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G major

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

conductor: Dalia Stasevska

Saturday, 17th August
20:00
Adelaide Town Hall
Adelaide, Australia

RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G major

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

conductor: Dalia Stasevska

Wednesday, 21st August
20:00
Sydney Opera House
Sydney, Australia

SCHUBERT: Fantasie in C major, D.760 (op.15) ‘Wanderer’

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

conductor: Simone Young

Thursday, 22nd August
13:30
Sydney Opera House
Sydney, Australia

SCHUBERT: Fantasie in C major, D.760 (op.15) ‘Wanderer’

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

conductor: Simone Young

Friday, 23rd August
20:00
Sydney Opera House
Sydney, Australia

SCHUBERT: Fantasie in C major, D.760 (op.15) ‘Wanderer’

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

conductor: Simone Young

Saturday, 24th August
14:00
Sydney Opera House
Sydney, Australia

SCHUBERT: Fantasie in C major, D.760 (op.15) ‘Wanderer’

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

conductor: Simone Young

Friday, 6th September
18:30
Michael Fowler Centre
Wellington, New Zealand

RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto no.2 in C minor, op.18

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

conductor: Asher Fisch

Saturday, 7th September
19:30
Auckland Town Hall
Auckland, New Zealand

RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto no.2 in C minor, op.18

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

conductor: Asher Fisch

Friday, 13th September
19:30
Dunedin Town Hall
Dunedin, New Zealand

RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto no.2 in C minor, op.18

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

conductor: Asher Fisch

Saturday, 14th September
19:30
Christchurch Town Hall
Christchurch, New Zealand

RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto no.2 in C minor, op.18

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

conductor: Asher Fisch

Friday, 20th September
19:00
Beethoven-Haus
Bonn, Germany

LISZT: Années de Pèlerinage, Book 1, S.160 (Suisse)
LISZT: Années de Pèlerinage, Book 2, S.161 (Italie)
LISZT: Années de Pèlerinage, book 3, S.163 (Troisième Année)

Sunday, 13th October
19:30
Gewandhaus
Leipzig, Germany

CHOPIN: Piano Concerto no.1 in E minor, op.11

MDR Sinfonieorchester

conductor: Alexander Shelley

Thursday, 17th October
19:30
Kimmel Center
Philadelphia, PA

LISZT: Wandererfantasie, S366

The Philadelphia Orchestra

conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Friday, 18th October
14:00
Kimmel Center
Philadelphia, PA

LISZT: Wandererfantasie, S366

The Philadelphia Orchestra

conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Saturday, 19th October
20:00
Kimmel Center
Philadelphia, PA

LISZT: Wandererfantasie, S366

The Philadelphia Orchestra

conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Monday, 28th October
20:00
Teatro la Fenice
Venice, Italy

CHOPIN: Études op.10
CHOPIN: Trois Nouvelles études, B.130
CHOPIN: Études op.25

Thursday, 21st November
19:30
St John’s Church
London, UK

RACHMANINOV: Suite no.1, op.5 (Fantaisie-Tableaux) for 2 pianos
ARENSKY: Suite no.1 op.15, for 2 pianos
DEBUSSY/CAPLET: La Mer, arr. for 2 pianos
RACHMANINOV: Symphonic Dances op.45, for 2 pianos

piano: Hélène Mercier

Thursday, 28th November
TBA
Teatro Comunale Ponchielli
Cremona, Italy

Programme TBA

Tuesday, 3rd December
TBA
Bari, Italy

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.11, in B flat major, op.22
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.17, in D minor, op.31 no.2 ‘Tempest’
FAURE: Ballade, op.19
FAURE: Theme and Variations, op.73

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Repertoire

Concerto list
  • ADÉS
    Concerto Conciso
  • BACH, J.S
  • Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056
  • BEETHOVEN
  • Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15
    Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 19
    Concerto No. 3 in c minor, Op. 37
    Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58
    Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73 (“Emperor”)
    Triple Concerto, Op. 56
    Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61 (original transcription for Piano and Orchestra)
  • BRAHMS
  • Concerto No. 1 in d minor, Op. 15
    Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op.83
  • CHOPIN
  • Concerto No. 1 in e minor, Op. 11
    Concerto No. 2 in f minor, Op. 21
    Krakowiak (Rondo), Op. 14
    Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise, Op. 22
    Variations in B-flat on Mozart’s “La ci darem la mano”, Op. 2
    Grand Fantasy on Polish Airs, Op. 13
  • DEBUSSY
  • Fantaisie for Piano and Orchestra
  • DE FALLA
  • Nights in the Gardens of Spain
  • D’INDY
  • Symphonie sur un chant montagnard français, for piano and orchestra
  • FRANCK
  • Symphonic Variations
  • GERSHWIN
  • Rhapsody in Blue
  • GRIEG
  • Concerto in a minor, Op. 16
  • LISZT
  • Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major
    Concerto No. 2 in A Major
    Concerto No. 3
    Concerto pathétique
    De Profundis
    Fantasy on Hungarian Folk-tunes
    Fantasy on themes from Berlioz’ “Lelio”
    Fantasy on themes from Beethoven’s “Ruins of Athens”
    Malédiction for Piano and Strings
    Polonaise Brillante
    Totentanz
  • (SCHUBERT-LISZT)
  • Wandererfantasie
  • LUTOSLAWSKI
  • Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
    Paganini Variations
  • MENDELSSOHN
  • Concerto No. 1 in g minor, Op. 25
    Concerto No. 2 in d minor, Op.40
    Serenade and Allegro
    Capriccio Brillante
    Rondo Brillante
    Concerto for 2 Pianos in E major
    Concerto in a minor for Piano and Strings
    Double Concerto in d minor for Violin, Piano and Strings
  • MOZART
  • Concerto No.5 in D major, K.175
    Concerto No.6 in B-flat major, K.238
    Concerto No.7 in F major for 3 Pianos, K.242
    Concerto No.8 in C major, K.246
    Concerto No.9 in E-flat major, K.271
    Concerto No.10 in E-flat major for 2 Pianos, K.365
    Concerto No.11 in F major, K.413
    Concerto No.12 in A major, K.414
    Concerto No.13 in C major, K.415
    Concerto No.14 in E-flat major, K.449
    Concerto No.15 in B-flat major, K.450
    Concerto No.16 in D major, K.451
    Concerto No.17, in G major, K.453
    Concerto No.18 in B-flat major, K.456
    Concerto No.19 in F major, K.459
    Concerto No.20 in d minor, K.466
    Concerto No.21 in C Major, K.467
    Concerto No.22 in E-flat Major, K.482
    Concerto No.23 in A Major, K.488
    Concerto No.24 in c minor, K.491
    Concerto No.25 in C Major, K.503
    Concerto No.26 in D Major, K.537
    Concerto No.27 in B-flat Major, K.595
  • POULENC
  • Aubade for Piano and 18 instruments
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
    Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra
  • PROKOFIEV
  • Concerto No. 1 in D-flat Major
    Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26
  • RACHMANINOV
  • Concerto No. 2 in c minor, Op. 18
    Concerto No. 3 in d minor, Op. 30
    Concerto No. 4 in g minor, Op. 40
    Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
  • RAVEL
  • Concerto in G Major
    Concerto in D Major (left hand)
  • SAINT-SAËNS
  • Concerto No.1 in D, Op. 17
    Concerto No. 2 in g minor, Op. 22
    Concerto No. 4 in C, Op. 44
    Concerto No. 5 in F, Op. 103
    Carnival of the Animals (2 pianos)
    Africa: Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra
    Wedding Cake
  • SCHUMANN
  • Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
    Konzertstuck, Op. 86
    Introduction and Allegro de Concert Op. 134
    Introduction and Allegro Appassionato Op. 92
  • SZYMANOWSKI
  • Symphony No. 4
  • TCHAIKOVSKY
  • Concerto No. 1 in b-flat minor, Op. 23
    Concerto No. 2 in G Major, Op. 44
    Concerto No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 75/79
    Concert Fantasy in G Major, Op. 56
  • VERESS
  • Hommage à Paul Klee for Two Pianos and Strings

Discography

Louis Lortie - Discography

Louis Lortie has an extensive Discography of over 45 recordings on Chandos click here to view his complete discography

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Louis Lortie’s website
http://www.louislortie.com/
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Arts Management Group (management for North America)
https://www.artsmg.com/

Lorenzo Baldrighi Artist Management (management for Italy)
http://www.baldrighi.com/

Chandos Records
https://www.chandos.net/Home

LacMus Festival
http://lacmusfestival.com/en/

Fazioli
http://www.fazioli.com/en

Bösendorfer
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