Louis Lortie

French Canadian pianist Louis Lortie has extended his interpretative voice across a broad range of repertoire rather than choosing to specialize in one particular style. The London Times has identified the artist’s ‘combination of total spontaneity and meditated ripeness that only great pianists have‘.

He is in demand internationally. In 2017-2018, he was Artist in Residence of the Shanghai Symphony and performed four different programs with them throughout the season. He performed with the OSESP São Paulo and the complete Liszt ‘Années de Pèlerinage‘ in recital for them. He also performed Liszt ‘Années ‘ for the Chicago Symphony and for the annual Liszt Festival in Raiding, Hungary. There were two Lortie recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall and an extensive recital tour in Italy.

He performed and recorded with Sir Andrew Davis and the BBC Symphony, was selected by Jaap Van Zweden to play Mozart K466 for one of Mr. Van Zweden’s final Dallas Symphony concerts as Music Director. He returned to the Philadelphia Orchestra, Budapest Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony and the New York Philharmonic. His play/conduct engagements were with great orchestras world-wide.

Louis Lortie’s long-awaited LacMus International Festival on Lake Como, Italy, made its debut July 9-16, 2017.

He has made more than 45 recordings for the Chandos label, covering repertoire from Mozart to Stravinsky, including a set of the complete Beethoven sonatas and the complete Liszt ‘Années de Pèlerinage‘, which was named one of the ten best recordings of 2012 by the New Yorker Magazine.

Mr. Lortie is the Master in Residence at The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel of Brussels. 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 Fleisher. In 1984, he won First Prize in the Busoni Competition and was also prizewinner at the Leeds Competition. Mr. Lortie is a citizen of Canada and has homes in Montreal, Berlin and Italy.

Louis Lortie beim Beethovenfest