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Louis Lortie, Klavier

Canadian pianist Louis Lortie has been praised for the fresh perspective and individuality he brings to a deliberately broad spectrum of the keyboard canon.
He studied in Montréal with Yvonne Hubert (a pupil of French pianist, Alfred Cortot), in Vienna with the Beethoven specialist, Dieter Weber, and subsequently with Schnabel disciple Leon Fleisher, among others.

Also celebrated for his interpretation of works by Beethoven, Lortie has performed the complete Beethoven sonatas in London’s Wigmore Hall, Toronto’s Ford Center, Berlin Philharmonie, and the Sala Grande del Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan. In Berlin, Die Welt called his performances „possibly the most beautiful Beethoven since the times of Wilhelm Kempff.“
With the Montreal Symphony, he has performed and conducted all five Beethoven Piano Concertos and most recently, the complete Mozart Piano Concertos.Lortie has forthcoming engagements with the San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, and European highlights include engagements with the Leipzig GewandhausOrchester/Masur, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia/Masur, Warsaw Philharmonic/Wit, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic/Holliger, Dresden Philharmonic/Masur, a tour of Spain with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Fischer, Ulster Orchestra/Montgomery, Beethoven Bonn Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra/Fischer, Bournemouth Symphony/Tortelier and BBC Philharmonic/Sado.
Lortie is adept leading from the piano will play/conduct Sinfonia Cracovia at the 14th Beethoven Festival, Quebec Symphony and Slovenian Philharmonic.In 2008, Lortie received a special invitation from the National Center for the Performing Arts of China to take part in The 2008 Beijing Centenary Piano Extravaganza directly linked to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games which includes a commission for 10 pianists by Chinese composer Cui Shi Guan with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra.
Future recitals include Vienna Konzerthaus, the International Piano Series and the International Chamber Music Season at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, Aldeburgh Festival, Milan Serate Musicali, 14th Beethoven Festival, Festival Pianistico Internazionale Arthuro Benedetti Michelangeli di Brescia e Bergamo, Valencia and Bilbao. Lortie has made over 30 recordings on the Chandos label, 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. 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“. Lortie’s recording of Liszt’s complete works for piano and orchestra with the Residentie Orchestra of The Hague 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.Born in Montréal, Lortie made his debut with the Montréal Symphony at just thirteen and the Toronto Symphony three years later, who then 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. Lortie has lived in Berlin since 1997 but also has a home in Canada.Date Last Edited: 29th September 2009

Nikolaj Znaider, Violine

Nikolaj Znaider is not only celebrated as one of the foremost violinists of today, but is fast becoming one of the most versatile artists of his generation, uniting his talents as soloist, conductor and chamber musician.

Nikolaj Znaider has already been re-invited to conduct the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Dresden Staatskapelle, Russian National Orchestra and in forthcoming seasons, will make his conducting debuts with orchestras such as the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic and since the 2008-09 season has been Principal Guest Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra.

As a soloist, Znaider is regularly invited to work with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Sir Colin Davis, Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Christian Thielemann, Mariss Jansons, Charles Dutoit, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Ivan Fischer and Gustavo Dudamel. In the

2008-09 season, the London Symphony Orchestra will present an Artist Portrait of Znaider and in the 2011-12 season he will present a Carte Blanche at the Musikverein in Vienna.

An exclusive RCA RED SEAL recording artist, Znaider’s most recent addition to his discography is the Brahms and Korngold Violin Concerti with the Vienna Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev. His award-winning recordings of the Beethoven and Mendelssohn Concerti with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic and Prokofiev 2 and Glazunov Concerti with Mariss Jansons and the Bayerischer Rundfunk have been greeted with great critical acclaim, as was his release of the complete works for violin and piano of Johannes Brahms with Yefim Bronfman. For EMI Classics, he has recorded the Mozart Piano Trios with Daniel Barenboim and the Nielsen and Bruch Concertos with the London Philharmonic.

Znaider is passionate about the education of musical talent and was the Founder and Artistic Director for ten years of the Nordic Music Academy, an annual summer school whose vision it was to create conscious and focused musical development based on quality and commitment.

Nikolaj Znaider plays the “Kreisler” Guarnerius “del Gesu” 1741 on extended loan to him by The Royal Danish Theater through the generosity of the VELUX FOUNDATIONS and the Knud Højgaard Foundation.