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Louis Lortie


Louis Lortie has been regularly involved with the Mozart Plus Festival in Montreal. Over several seasons Mr. Lortie plays the complete Mozart Piano Concertos in combination with conducting various symphonic works by other composers, with the MSO. Last season he began his multi-concert Wagner/Liszt project at London's Wigmore Hall, and next season performs it in Berlin, Milan, Domaine Forget, the Weimar Festival, Bordeaux and Warsaw. He also performs his third Carnegie Hall recital, appears with the Houston Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Halle Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, the Dresden Philharmonic, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the San Diego Symphony. He gives recitals at Stanford University, Baltimore's Shriver Hall, London's Queen Elizabeth Hall , and in Santa Fe. He will play and conduct with the Quebec Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic and the Des Moines Symphony.

Louis Lortie has performed under the baton of conductors Lorin Maazel, Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Masur, Charles Dutoit, Kurt Sanderling, Neeme Järvi, Sir Andrew Davis, Hans Vonk, Wolgang Sawallisch, and Osmo Vänskä. He has also been involved in several chamber music projects, with musicians such as Frank Peter Zimmermann, Leonidas Kavakos, Renaud et Gautier Capuçon, Jan Vogler, and Gidon Kremer. His regular piano-duo partner is fellow Canadian Hélène Mercier, with whom he has made successful recordings for the Chandos label.

Mr. Lortie has made over 30 recordings on Chandos, ranging from Mozart to Stravinsky. His recording of Beethoven's Eroica Variations won the Edison Award, and his disc of Schumann's Bunte Blatter and other works by Schumann and Brahms was named one of the best CDs of the year by BBC Music Magazine. He has recorded Ravel's complete works for piano and has almost completed the 32 Beethoven sonatas.  His recording of the complete Chopin Etudes, Op. 10 and 25, has been cited by BBC Music Magazine's special Piano Issue as one of "50 Recordings by Superlative Pianists".  Mr. Lortie's most recent CD release is the final recording in his three-CD series of Liszt's complete works for piano and orchestra with the Residentie Orchestra of The Hague. It was immediately named "Editor's Choice" by Gramophone Magazine. In addition to the current Liszt recordings, other recent releases include To the Distant Beloved, with works by Beethoven, Schumann and Liszt, and Franck's Symphonic Variations with the BBC Symphony. Under the recording label Palexa, Mr. Lortie will soon release a series of recent live performances.

Born in  Montréal, Louis Lortie made his debut with the Montréal Symphony at the age of thirteen and the Toronto Symphony three years later, which as a result engaged him for an historic tour of the People's Republic of China and Japan. In 1984, he won First Prize in the Busoni Competition and was a prize-winner at the Leeds Competition.  In 1992 he was named Officer of the Order of Canada, and received both the Order of Quebec and an honorary doctorate from Laval University. He now regularly teaches at Italy's renowned piano institute at Imola. Mr. Lortie has lived in Berlin since 1997 and also has a home in Canada.

Last updated: February 27, 2007
Louis Lortie