French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie has attracted critical acclaim throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. He has extended his interpretive voice across a broad range of repertoire rather than choosing to specialise in one particular style. The London Times, describing his playing as “ever immaculate, ever imaginative”, has identified the artist’s “combination of total spontaneity and meditated ripeness that only great pianists have”.
Louis has performed complete Beethoven Sonata cycles at London’s Wigmore Hall, Berlin’s 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.
Mr Lortie 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 etudes.
Programme includes: Liszt: Annees de pelerinage – Premiere annee (Suisse); Chopin: 24 Preludes Op. 28