Louis Lortie

Biography

Born: April 27, 1959; Montreal, Quebec, Canada  
French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie achieved international recognition by his mid-twenties. His strong, yet sensitively crafted playing has served him well in a repertory of considerable breadth, with a concentration on composers from the late Classical period to the early twentieth century. Through a particularly fruitful association with his record company, he has been able to preserve on disc many of his most impressive interpretations and to Read more enjoy a wide audience for his artistry.

After studying with Yvonne Hubert, Lortie made his first professional public appearance as soloist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He was then 13 years old and, wisely, elected not to pursue a concert career immediately. After winning first prize in Canada's two premiere competitions, the Canadian National Music Competition and the CBC National Competition when he was 16, he made what he considers his official debut with the Toronto Symphony in 1978 and joined the orchestra in a subsequent tour of Japan and the People's Republic of China. While in his early twenties, Lortie moved to Baltimore in order to work with Leon Fleisher and to expand his knowledge of the piano literature.

In 1984, Lortie was first prizewinner of the Busoni International Competition and a prizewinner as well at the Leeds Piano Competition. Along the way, he had traveled to Europe, living for a time in Paris, Florence, and Vienna. Following his exposure to European culture and the recognition resulting from his successes in competition, Lortie began to undertake a more extensive number of concert engagements and made his first recording in 1986.

Within the first few years of an active career, Lortie performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. His engagement calendar included dates with such orchestras as the Cleveland Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the BBC Philharmonic, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester, and the Orchestre National de France. With the latter ensemble he performed on tour. Recital tours in Italy became yearly occurrences and, under the auspices of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Lortie was well-received throughout an extensive tour of Australia.

Over the course of a number of summers, Lortie performed with the Montreal Symphony in program series devoted to a single composer. Complete cycles of the 32 Beethoven sonatas have been given in London, Toronto, Berlin, and Milan. Acknowledging one of his London appearances, the Daily Telegraph described Lortie as "one of perhaps half a dozen pianists who is worth dropping everything to go and hear."

Few pianists have enjoyed such a long-term and mutually satisfying relationship with a recording company as that existing between Lortie and Chandos. Lortie has been afforded the opportunity to preserve his interpretations of composers extending from Mozart to Ligeti. Among them is his collection of the complete piano works of Ravel, a set that has received several awards. His recordings of Chopin's Preludes and Etudes are also of particular interest.

Having found exposure to a variety of performing traditions of great value, Lortie has taught at the piano institute at Imola, Italy, when his schedule has allowed. That school's philosophy is congenial to him and he has been pleased to work with advanced students similarly interested in a concert career.

In 1992, Lortie was honored by being made an Officer of the Order of Canada. Read less
Lortie Plays Chopin Vol. 1 / Louis Lortie
Release Date: 05/25/2010   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10588   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Piano Works, Vol. 2 / Lortie
Release Date: 03/27/2012   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10714   Number of Discs: 1
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Louis Lortie Plays Chopin Vol 4 - Waltzes...
Release Date: 04/28/2015   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10852   Number of Discs: 1
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Liszt: Piano Sonata In B, 3 Concert Studies / Louis Lortie
Release Date: 10/28/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8548   Number of Discs: 1
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Ravel: Piano Concertos;  Fauré: Ballade / Louis Lortie
Release Date: 10/28/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8773   Number of Discs: 1
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Biography

Born: April 27, 1959; Montreal, Quebec, Canada  
French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie achieved international recognition by his mid-twenties. His strong, yet sensitively crafted playing has served him well in a repertory of considerable breadth, with a concentration on composers from the late Classical period to the early twentieth century. Through a particularly fruitful association with his record company, he has been able to preserve on disc many of his most impressive interpretations and to Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Scherzo: Molto vivace
III. Largo
IV. Finale: Presto, non tanto
Lento - Recitativ
Romanze
Grave -
Duetto -
Variation 1 -
Variation 2 -
Presto
I. Assez lent - Moderement anime
II. Assez modere, mais sans lenteur
III. Anime
I. Allegro, Ma Non Troppo
Improvisation: II. Andante Cantabile
Finale: III. Andante - Allegro
I. Allegretto Ben Moderato
II. Allegro
(III. Recitativo-Fantasia (Ben Moderato
IV. Allegretto Poco Mosso
I. Moderato - Tempo comodo
II. Andante molto sostenuto
III. Allegro non troppo, ma agitato ed ansioso
I. dotted quarter note = c. 110 -
II. Presto -
III. eighth note = c. 85 -
IV. quarter note = c. 84
No. 1. La chapelle de Guillaume Tell (The Chapel of William Tell)
No. 2. Au lac de Wallenstadt (At the Lake of Wallenstadt)
No. 3. Pastorale (Pastoral)
No. 4. Au bord d'une source (Beside a Spring)
No. 5. Orage (Storm)
No. 6. Vallee d'Obermann (Valley of Obermann)
No. 7. Eclogue (Eclogue)
No. 8. Le mal du pays (Homesickness)
No. 9. Les cloches de Geneve (The Bells of Geneva)
No. 1. Sposalizio (Marriage of the Virgin)
No. 2. Il penseroso (The Thinker)
No. 3. Canzonetta del Salvator Rosa (Canzonetta of Salvador Rosa)
No. 4. Sonetto 47 del Petrarca (Sonnet 47 of Petrarch)
No. 5. Sonetto 104 del Petrarca (Sonnet 104 of Petrarch)
No. 6. Sonetto 123 del Petrarca (Sonnet 123 of Petrarch)
No. 7. Apres une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi una sonata (After Reading Dante)
No. 1. Angelus! Priere aux anges gardiens (Angelus. Prayer to the Guardian Angels)
No. 2. Aux cypres de la Villa d'Este I (To the Cypresses of the Villa d'Este I: Threnody)
No. 3. Aux cypres de la Villa d'Este II (To the Cypresses of the Villa d'Este II: Threnody)
No. 4. Les jeux d'eau a la Villa d'Este (The Fountains of the Villa d'Este)
No. 5. Sunt lacrymae rerum (en mode hongrois) (There are Tears for Things (In The Hungarian Mode))
No. 6. March funebre (Funeral March)
No. 7. Sursum corda (Lift up Your Hearts)
No. 1. Gondoliera (Gondolier's Song)
No. 2. Canzone (Song)
No. 3. Tarantella
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
IV. Prestissimo
I. Allegro vivace
II. Largo appassionato
III. Scherzo: Allegretto - Trio
IV. Rondo: Grazioso
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio
III. Scherzo: Allegro - Trio
IV. Allegro assai
I. Molto allegro e con brio
II. Adagio molto
III. Finale: Prestissimo
I. Allegro
II. Allegretto
III. Finale: Presto
I. Presto
II. Largo e mesto
III. Menuetto - Trio - Menuetto: Allegro
IV. Rondo: Allegro
I. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio
II. Adagio cantabile
III. Rondo: Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Allegretto
III. Rondo: Allegro comodo
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Scherzo: Allegro assai
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio con molto espressione
III. Minuetto
IV. Rondo: Allegretto
I. Andante con variazioni
II. Scherzo: Molto allegro
III. Marcia funebre sulla morte d'un eroe
IV. Allegro
I. Andante
II. Allegro molto e vivace
III. Adagio con espressione
IV. Allegro vivace
I. Adagio sostenuto
II. Allegretto
III. Presto agitato
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
IV. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo
I. Allegro vivace
II. Adagio grazioso
III. Rondo: Allegretto
I. Largo - Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegretto
I. Allegro
II. Scherzo: Allegretto vivace
III. Menuetto: Moderato e grazioso - Trio
IV. Presto con fuoco
I. Molto allegro
II. Largo con gran espressione
III. Allegro
IV. Rondo: Poco allegretto
I. Andante
II. Rondo: Allegro
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Tempo di menuetto
I. Allegro con brio
II. Introduzione: Adagio molto
III. Rondo: Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo
I. In tempo d'un minuetto
II. Allegretto - Piu allegro
I. Allegro assai
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro ma non troppo - Presto
I. Adagio cantabile - Allegro ma non troppo
II. Allegro vivace
I. Presto alla tedesca
II. Andante
III. Vivace
I. Das Lebewohl: Adagio - Allegro
II. Abwesenheit: Andante espressivo
III. Das Wiedersehn: Vivacissimamente
I. Mit lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck
II. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen
I. Allegretto ma non troppo
II. Vivace alla marcia
III. Adagio ma non troppo con affeto - Presto
IV. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Scherzo: Assai vivace - Presto - Tempo I
III. Adagio sostenuto, appassionato e con molto sentimento
IV. Largo - Allegro risoluto
I. Vivace ma non troppo
II. Prestissimo
III. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung: Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo
III. Variation 1: Molto espressivo
III. Variation 2: Leggieramente
III. Variation 3: Allegro vivace
III. Variation 4: Etwas langsamer, als das Thema
III. Variation 5: Allegro ma non troppo
III. Variation 6: Tempo I del tema
I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
II. Allegro molto
III. Adagio ma non troppo -
III. Adagio ma non troppo -
III. Fuga: Allegro ma non troppo -
III. L'istesso tempo di Arioso -
III. L'istesso tempo della Fuga poi a poi di nuovo vivente
I. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
II. Arietta: Adagio molto semplice e cantabile
II. [Variation 1] -
II. [Variation 2] L'istesso tempo -
II. [Variation 3] L'istesso tempo -
II. [Variation 4] -
II. [Variation 5]
I. Allegro affettuoso
II. Intermezzo: Andantino grazioso
III. Allegro vivace
I. Maestoso
II. Larghetto
III. Allegretto vivace
I. Grave - Doppio movimento
II. Scherzo
III. Marche funebre: Lento
IV. Finale: Presto
I. Allegro assai vivace
II. Allegretto scherzando
III. Adagio
IV. Molto allegro e vivace
Thema: Andante con moto
Variation 1
Variation 2
Variation 3: Piu vivace
Variation 4: Allegro con fuoco
Variation 5: L'istesso tempo
Variation 6: L'istesso tempo
Variation 7: Presto ed agitato
Variation 8: Tempo I
I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro molto e con brio
II. Adagio molto
III. Finale: Prestissimo
I. Allegro
II. Allegretto
III. Presto
I. Presto
II. Largo e mesto
III. Menuetto - Trio - Menuetto: Allegro
IV. Rondo: Allegro
I. Prelude
II. Fugue
III. Forlane
IV. Rigaudon
V. Menuet
VI. Toccata
I. Adelaide
II. Assez lent - Avec une expression intense
III. Modere
IV. Assez anime
V. Presque lent - Dans un sentiment intime
VI. Vif
VII. Moins vif
VIII. Epilogue
I. Ondine
II. Le Gibet
III. Scarbo


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