2nd Prize piano 2005
A BBC New Generation Artist 2013-15, Louis Schwizgebel is one of the rising stars on the international piano scene.
Louis Schwizgebel won 2nd prize at the 2012 Leeds International Piano Competition. His stunning performance of Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Hallé Orchestra under Sir Mark Elder in the final round was broadcast live on BBC Four and BBC Radio 3. He is widely recognized as one of the most talented young pianists and praised for his interpretations of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert as well as the French Impressionists.
Louis Schwizgebel has been selected to be a BBC New Generation Artist 2013-15 which allows him to perform with the BBC Orchestras and to appear in BBC Radio 3 recordings and broadcasts. In addition he has received a scholarship from Mozart Gesellschaft Dortmund (Germany orchestra debut with Mozart Piano Concerto at Konzerthaus Dortmund with New York Arcos Chamber Orchestra in November 2013) and from the Animato Foundation (performing Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 on a tour through Austria, Slovakia and Czech Republik in October 2014).
Louis Schwizgebel works with many first-class orchestras: London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Wiener Symphoniker, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Philharmonia Zürich, the chamber orchestras of Zürich, Lausanne and Geneva, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra with famous conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Fabio Luisi, Marek Janowski, Leonard Slatkin, Louis Langrée, Vasily Petrenko, Thierry Fischer, Keith Lockhart, Fabien Gabel and Alondra de la Parra.
Festival appearances include performances at the Verbier Festival, City of London Festival, Bergen International Festival, Progetto Martha Argerich, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, Festival Septembre Musical de Montreux-Vevey, Usedomer Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Midem Cannes Festival. He performs in the world's most prestigious concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Tonhalle Zürich, KKL Luzern, Musikverein and Konzerthaus Vienna, Mozarteum Salzburg, Smetana Hall Prague, Konzerthaus Dortmund and the Shanghai Oriental Art Center.
Louis Schwizgebel is recording on the Aparté (harmonia mundi) label. In 2013 he released his first solo album "Poems" including works by Ravel, Liszt, Holliger and Schubert.
Born in 1987 in Geneva and having studied with Brigitte Meyer in Lausanne and Pascal Devoyon in Berlin, Louis Schwizgebel at the age of seventeen, won the Geneva International Music Competition and two years later the "Young Concert Artists International Auditions" in New York. He further studied at the New York Juilliard School in the classes of Emanuel Ax and Robert McDonald and in London at the Royal Academy of Music with Pascal Nemirovski.