The New York Times review of the March 24th McCrindle Concert at Carnegie Hall.
Joshua Gersen, music director
The Roy and Shirley Durst Début Artist:
Louis Schwizgebel, piano
Paul Dooley: Run for the Sun (world première)
Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D major
Prokofiev: Suite from Romeo and Juliet
Swiss pianist Louis Schwizgebel won First Prize at both the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York and YCA European Auditions in Leipzig in 2008. He made his New York debut at Zankel Hall and his Washington, DC debut at the Kennedy Center to rave reviews. Other major recognition includes Second Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2012, and the top prize in the 2005 Geneva International Piano Competition as well as the Audience Prize and the “Coup de Coeur Breguet” Prize.
His next New York appearance will be on May 16 at Alice Tully Hall as soloist with the Orchestra of St. Luke's in Beethoven's Concerto No. 1 in C Major in the annual Young Concert Artists Gala Evening. Other upcoming performances include a re-engagement with the London Philharmonic and an appearance with the Verbier Festival Orchestra under Charles Dutoit. As a chamber music player, he returns to perform at the 2013 Young Concert Artists Festivals in Tokyo, Japan and in Beijing and Wuhan, China.
Mr. Schwizgebel has appeared as soloist with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Hallé Orchestra, L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, in Japan with the Nagoya Philharmonic, and in China with the Shanghai and Shenzhen Philharmonics. Appearances at Swiss festivals include the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad and the Festival Septembre Musical de Montreux-Vevey; he has also appeared in Macedonia at the Ohrid Summer Festival, and in Germany at Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
Louis Schwizgebel was born in Geneva in 1987 into a Chinese-Swiss artist family. He studied at the Lausanne Conservatory with Brigitte Meyer and in Berlin at the Universität der Künst with Pascal Devoyon. He currently works with Emanuel Ax (YCA Alumnus) and Robert McDonald in the Artist Diploma program at The Juilliard School, where he was awarded the 2012 Arthur Rubinstein Prize in Piano.