“He avoided the current tendency to over-refinement in the Fourth, offering a performance on a biggish scale that was exceptional for its poetry and insight, and which stood comparisons with some of the great interpretations of the piece."
(Leeds Int'l Piano Competition/The Halle Orchestra/Sir Mark Elder/ Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4)
Tim Astley, The Guardian, September 2012
Born in Geneva in 1987, Swiss-Chinese pianist Louis Schwizgebel has been described as an “insightful musician” by the New York Times and “already one of the great masters of the piano” by Res Musica. At the age of seventeen he won the Geneva International Music Competition and, two years later, the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. In 2012 he won second prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition and in 2013 he was invited to become a BBC New Generation Artist.
Schwizgebel has performed with many orchestras across the globe including the London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, City...
“I had Schwizgebel down as a romantic on the strength of his mature Schubert and Beethoven on a BBC Music Magazine Cover disc, but he can do the naughty stuff, the beat poetry, too, dashing off the runs, tongue-pokings and nose-thumbings as well as any enfant terrible."
(National Youth Orchestra of G.B./Sage Gateshead/Edward Gardner/Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 1)
David Nice, The Arts Desk, August 2014
“His passagework was lithe and sparkling; his phrasing lucid and shapely. Here was an insightful musician in action who brought out complexities in inner voices and gave an extra nudge to the crucial rhythmic accents. He drew out in mysterious moments, searching passages and milky textures. And he has a romping good time in the dancing rondo."
(Orchestra of St. Luke's / Alexander Mickelthwate / Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1)