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 specialize 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".
Mr. Lortie 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.
Louis Lortie celebrated the bicentenary of Liszt's birth in
2011 by performing the complete Années de pèlerinage at international
music capitals and festivals, and he returns to Carnegie Hall in 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 2013-2014 Mr. Lortie tours in Australia, Hong Kong and
Taiwan, and returns to the BBC Proms, the orchestras of St. Louis, Atlanta,
Dallas, Vancouver, Detroit, the Suisse Romande, Nurnberg, BBC Philharmonic,
Dresden and Hamburg, play/conducts a Mozart program for the Toronto Symphony,
and performs recitals in the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia,
Warsaw, Montreal, Bournemouth, the Casals Festival, the Sydney Opera House, the
National Arts Center, Duke University and in Milan.
Last season he performed Gershwin in Sao Paulo with
Tortelier, Liszt with NHK Tokyo and Dutoit, Chopin with the Cleveland Orchestra
and Van Zweden, Schubert and Liszt with Krivine in Utrecht, Mozart with the
Royal Philharmonic and Dutoit; toured with the La Scala Orchestra playing
Brahms 2 and with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn playing Beethoven 4 and 5. He
returned to Chicago's Orchestra Hall and other important venues to perform a
recital program of opera transcriptions called "Lortie goes to the
Opera". Other recitals included Copenhagen, Osaka, Cremona and Dresden.
Louis Lortie has performed with the world's leading
conductors, including Riccardo Chailly, Lorin Maazel, Jaap Van Zweden, Kurt
Masur, Seiji Ozawa, Charles Dutoit, Kurt Sanderling, Neeme Järvi, Sir Andrew
Davis, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Sir Mark Elder, Hannu Lintu, and Osmo Vänskä. He has
also been involved in many chamber-music projects with such musicians as Frank
Peter Zimmermann, Leonidas Kavakos, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Augustin Dumay,
the Takács Quartet, and Gidon Kremer. His regular piano-duo partner is fellow
Canadian Hélène Mercier.
He has made more than 30 recordings for the Chandos label,
covering repertoire from Mozart to Stravinsky, including a set of the complete
Beethoven sonatas and the complete Liszt's Années de pèlerinage. His
recording of the Lutosławski Piano Concerto and Paganini Variations with Edward
Gardner and the BBC Symphony was released last year, as well as his latest
Chopin album, which was named one of the best recordings of 2012 by the New
York Times. Future recording include a disc of Liszt's transcriptions.
Mr. Lortie's recording of Beethoven's Eroica Variations
earned him an Edison Award. His disc of works by Schumann and Brahms was named
one of the best CDs of the year by BBC Music Magazine, which also named
his disc of Chopin etudes one of "50 Recordings by Superlative
Pianists." His interpretation of Liszt's complete works for piano and
orchestra with the Residentie Orchestra of The Hague was a Gramophone
Editor's Choice. For the Canadian label ATMA Classique, he has recorded
Mendelssohn concertos with the Orchestre symphonique de Quebec and, as
conductor, Mendelssohn's "Reformation" Symphony.