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A new master in residence at the Music Chapel

We are pleased to announce the arrival in October 2016, of a new master in residence, Canadian pianist Louis Lortie, who has been a close partner of the Music Chapel for about a decade already due to his frequent presence at concerts and in master classes and who, moreover, has gained extensive teaching experience over the years. Louis Lortie will be assisted in this new position by a great professor, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, a member of the Vienna Hochschule.

After four years at the Music Chapel, Maria João Pires will leave her position of master in residence in June 2016. We will of course remain in close contact with this great artist in the coming years through the Equinox choirs and the Partitura program, two projects which she inaugurated during her residency at the Music Chapel.

“It is with great joy that I have just accepted to take charge of the piano section of the Music Chapel from September 2016. I profoundly admire the tireless devotion of this institution to help develop a new generation of musicians thanks to leading performer-professors and an extremely devoted administrative team.

I hope to help open up gifted young musicians to the rich world of possible interpretations, young musicians who must learn this demanding task of the modern world: to continue the in-depth exploration of their art with the utmost interiority in a space whose temptations are often far removed from the genuine objectives of an artistic quest at the service of the great composers.

I particularly look forward to bringing these young artists in contact with an admirable associate professor, Avo Kouyoumdjian, a member of the Vienna Hochschule who will assist me in my functions, and a myriad of professors who will visit us for the master classes: musicians from all horizons and a range of backgrounds, from baroque to contemporary music.” — Louis Lortie, February 2016

Louis Lortie having proposed to invite guest masters to give the young pianists other perspectives on certain themes, we can already announce the presence of Piotr Anderscewski for a master class during the 2016–17 season.

Bernard de Launoit
Executive President

Communiqué de presse

Un nouveau maître en résidence à la Chapelle Musicale

Nous sommes heureux d’annoncer l’arrivée en octobre 2016, d’un nouveau maître en résidence, le pianiste canadien Louis Lortie, déjà proche de la Chapelle Musicale depuis une dizaine d’années à travers plusieurs présences en concerts et en masterclasses et qui a, par ailleurs, une grande expérience en tant que pédagogue depuis de nombreuses années. Louis Lortie sera assisté dans cette nouvelle position par un grand professeur, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, membre de la Hochschule de Vienne.
Maria João Pires, après 4 années de présence à la Chapelle Musicale, quittera sa fonction de maître en résidence à la Chapelle en juin 2016. Des liens seront évidemment maintenus avec cette grande artiste dans les années à venir à travers les chorales Equinox et le projet Partitura, projets initiés par Maria João Pires pendant sa résidence à la Chapelle Musicale.

« C’est avec une très grande joie que je viens d’accepter de prendre en main la classe de piano de la Chapelle Musicale à partir de septembre 2016. J’ai une grande admiration pour le dévouement inlassable de cette institution à féconder une nouvelle génération de musiciens grâce à des interprètes -professeurs de tout premier plan et une équipe administrative extrêmement dévouée.

J’espère contribuer à ouvrir toujours plus sur le monde riche d’interprétations possibles de jeunes musiciens doués qui doivent apprendre cette tâche exigeante de l’univers moderne: continuer une recherche approfondie de leur art avec un maximum d’intériorité dans un espace aux séductions souvent éloignées des vrais objectifs d’une quête artistique au service des grands compositeurs.

Je me réjouis particulièrement de mettre en contact ces jeunes avec un admirable professeur associé, Avo Kouyoumdjian , membre de la Hochschule de Vienne qui m’assistera dans mes fonctions et une myriade de professeurs qui seront en visite pour des masterclasses: musiciens de tous horizons et de plusieurs disciplines, du baroque à la musique de notre temps. » — Louis Lortie, février 2016.

Dans la volonté de Louis Lortie d’inviter des guests masters afin d’apporter d’autres éclairages aux jeunes pianistes, nous pouvons déjà annoncer la venue de Piotr Anderscewski pour une masterclass lors de la saison 2016-2017.

Bernard de Launoit
Executive President


French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie has attracted critical acclaim throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States. He has extended his interpretative voice across a broad range of repertoire rather than choosing to specialize in one particular style. The London Times, describing his playing as "ever immaculate, ever imaginative", has identified the artist's "combination of total spontaneity and meditated ripeness that only great pianists have".

Mr. Lortie has performed complete Beethoven sonata cycles at London's Wigmore Hall, Berlin's Philharmonie, and the Sala Grande del Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan. Die Welt described his Berlin performances as "possibly the finest Beethoven since the time of Wilhelm Kempff." As both pianist and conductor with the Montreal Symphony, he has performed all five Beethoven concertos and all of the Mozart concertos. Mr. Lortie has also won widespread acclaim for his interpretation of Ravel and Chopin. He performed the complete works of Ravel in London and Montreal for the BBC and CBC, and is renowned all over the world for his performances of the complete Chopin etudes.

Louis Lortie celebrated the bicentenary of Liszt's birth in 2011 by performing the complete Années de pèlerinage at international music capitals and festivals, and he returns to Carnegie Hall in 2014 to perform it there. His Chandos recording of this monumental work was named one of the ten best of 2012 by the New Yorker magazine.

In 2013-2014 Mr. Lortie tours in Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and returns to the BBC Proms, the orchestras of St. Louis, Atlanta, Dallas, Vancouver, Detroit, the Suisse Romande, Nurnberg, BBC Philharmonic, Dresden and Hamburg, play/conducts a Mozart program for the Toronto Symphony, and performs recitals in the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia, Warsaw, Montreal, Bournemouth, the Casals Festival, the Sydney Opera House, the National Arts Center, Duke University and in Milan.

Last season he performed Gershwin in Sao Paulo with Tortelier, Liszt with NHK Tokyo and Dutoit, Chopin with the Cleveland Orchestra and Van Zweden, Schubert and Liszt with Krivine in Utrecht, Mozart with the Royal Philharmonic and Dutoit; toured with the La Scala Orchestra playing Brahms 2 and with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn playing Beethoven 4 and 5. He returned to Chicago's Orchestra Hall and other important venues to perform a recital program of opera transcriptions called "Lortie goes to the Opera". Other recitals included Copenhagen, Osaka, Cremona and Dresden.

Louis Lortie has performed with the world's leading conductors, including Riccardo Chailly, Lorin Maazel, Jaap Van Zweden, Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa, Charles Dutoit, Kurt Sanderling, Neeme Järvi, Sir Andrew Davis, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Sir Mark Elder, Hannu Lintu, and Osmo Vänskä. He has also been involved in many chamber music projects including upcoming tours with Augustin Dumay. His regular piano-duo partner is fellow Canadian Hélène Mercier.

He has made more than 30 recordings for the Chandos label, covering repertoire from Mozart to Stravinsky, including a set of the complete Beethoven sonatas and the complete Liszt's Années de pèlerinage. His recording of the Lutosławski Piano Concerto and Paganini Variations with Edward Gardner and the BBC Symphony was released last year, as well as his latest Chopin album, which was named one of the best recordings of 2012 by the New York Times. Future recording include a disc of Liszt's transcriptions.

Mr. Lortie's recording of Beethoven's Eroica Variations earned him an Edison Award. His disc of works by Schumann and Brahms was named one of the best CDs of the year by BBC Music Magazine, which also named his disc of Chopin etudes one of "50 Recordings by Superlative Pianists." His interpretation of Liszt's complete works for piano and orchestra with the Residentie Orchestra of The Hague was a Gramophone Editor's Choice. For the Canadian label ATMA Classique, he has recorded Mendelssohn concertos with the Orchestre symphonique de Quebec and, as conductor, Mendelssohn's "Reformation" Symphony.

Louis Lortie studied in Montreal with Yvonne Hubert (a pupil of the legendary Alfred Cortot), in Vienna with Beethoven specialist Dieter Weber, and subsequently with Schnabel disciple Leon Fleisher. He made his debut with the Montreal Symphony at the age of 13; three years later, his first appearance with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra led to an historic tour of the People's Republic of China and Japan. In 1984, he won First Prize in the Busoni Competition and was also prizewinner 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 Université Laval. He has lived in Berlin since 1997 and also has homes in Canada and Italy.

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