For over three decades, French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie has performed worldwide, building a reputation as one of the world’s great pianists. He extends his interpretative voice across a broad spectrum of repertoire rather than choosing to specialize in one particular style, and his performance and award-winning recordings attest to his remarkable musical range.
Mr. Lortie is in demand internationally. This season he returns to Australia and New Zealand performing with the NZSO on tour, and with the Sydney and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras. He also returns to OSESP Sao Paulo performing with the orchestra and in recital, and will embark on a recital tour of Russia following a recent triumphant Chopin Etudes performance in Moscow. He returns to The Philadelphia Orchestra and Nezet-Seguin, and tours with the Toronto Symphony and Sir Andrew Davis.
His concerts also include returns to San Francisco Symphony, Dallas Symphony, NDR Hamburg, BBC Symphony, as well as to the orchestras of Atlanta, Milwaukee, and Vancouver. His complete Liszt “Années de Pèlerinage” will be heard at Cal Performances, Berkeley; and to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday year in 2020, he performs complete Beethoven sonata cycles and all of the Beethoven concertos in North America and in Europe.
He has made over 45 recordings for the Chandos label, covering repertoire from Mozart to Stravinsky, including a set of the complete Beethoven sonatas, the complete Liszt “Années de Pèlerinage” which was named one of the ten best recordings of 2012 by The New Yorker, and all of Chopin’s solo works. His recording of the Lutoslawski Piano Concerto with Edward Gardner and BBC Symphony received high praise, as did a recent Chopin recording which was named one of the best recordings of the year by The New York Times. Recently released albums are Chopin Waltzes (“This is Chopin playing of sublime genius” – Fanfare Magazine), Saint-Saëns’ Africa, Wedding Cake, and Carnival of the Animals with Neeme Järvi and Bergen Philharmonic, and with Hélène Mercier, Rachmaninov’s complete works for two pianos and the Vaughn-Williams Concerto for Two Pianos. For the Onyx label, he has recorded two acclaimed albums with violinist Augustin Dumay.
Louis Lortie is the Master in Residence at The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel of Brussels. His long-awaited LacMus International Festival (www.lacmusfestival.com) on Lake Como, Italy, made its debut in 2017.
He 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 Fleischer. In 1984, Mr. Lortie won First Prize in the Busoni Competition and was also prizewinner at the Leeds Competition. Mr. Lortie has lived mostly in Europe in the last decades with homes in Switzerland, Canada and Italy.