Young Artist Coffee Concert: the Swiss-Chinese pianist plays Schubert, Schumann and Beethoven
At 29, the Swiss-Chinese pianist (and former BBC New Generation artist) Louis Schwizgebel has already been hailed as one of the great masters of his instrument. First attracting global attention in 2012 when he won second prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition, he makes his Saffron Hall debut performing Schubert’s late C minor sonata, written as the mortally ill composer neared death in the last months of his life. A dramatic middle-period work by Beethoven takes a stormy theme similar to the opening bars of Schubert’s sonata, and transforms it in variations of incandescent inventiveness. The concert also includes Kinderszenen, a set of exquisite miniatures – called ‘small, droll things’ by Schumann – which reflect an innocent and childlike side to the composer’s nature.
Following the recital enjoy a tea, coffee or sherry with the artist in the foyer.
About the Artist
Born in Geneva in 1987, Swiss-Chinese pianist Louis Schwizgebel has been described as an “insightful musician” by the New York Times (May 2013) and “already one of the great masters of the piano” by Res Musica (July 2014). At the age of seventeen he won the Geneva International Music Competition and, two years later, the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York.
Read Louis Schwizgebel’s full biography here