New worlds for old. George Gershwin once asked Maurice Ravel to teach him how to compose – he didn’t realise that Ravel was actually his greatest fan! Few living musicians conduct both of them with the sheer, irresistible flair of John Wilson, just as no-one plays Gershwin’s swinging Piano Concerto more brilliantly than Louis Schwizgebel. And finally, big-band glamour meets the Russian soul in Rachmaninov’s fabulous Third Symphony. If you’ve never heard it, you’ll soon wonder why.
Repertoire includesRavel - Valses nobles et sentimentales Gershwin - Concerto in F Rachmaninov - Symphony No3
Conductor John Wilson
John Wilson is in demand at the highest level across the globe, regularly guest conducting the world’s finest orchestras; in recent seasons these have included the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Budapest Festival, Oslo Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Sydney Symphony orchestras, and productions at English National Opera and Glyndebourne Summer Festival. For many years Wilson appeared widely across the UK and abroad with the John Wilson Orchestra and in 2018 he relaunched the Sinfonia of London with whom he has recorded several award-winning CDs covering a huge range of repertoire from Respighi through to Britten and Dutilleux. In 2021 Wilson and the Sinfonia of London made their much-anticipated debut performance at the BBC Proms, described by The Guardian as “truly outstanding”, and they look forward to two performances at Snape Maltings later in 2021
Wilson has a large and varied discography and the most recent recordings with the Sinfonia of London have received exceptional acclaim. The Respighi Roman Trilogy recording won the Orchestral category in the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2021 and was described by The Observer as “Massive, audacious and vividly played”. Of the Dutilleux disc, the Financial Times said the recording is “bewitchingly played and imaginatively directed by Wilson…. This disc of early works by the fastidious French composer Henri Dutilleux succeeds beyond expectation”.
Born in Gateshead, Wilson studied composition and conducting at the Royal College of Music, where in 2011 he was made a Fellow. In March 2019, John Wilson was awarded the prestigious ISM Distinguished Musician Award for his services to music and in 2021 was appointed Henry Wood Chair of Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music.
Piano Louis Schwizgebel
Louis Schwizgebel has been described as “a genuine virtuoso, a spirited young genius with real depth” (Fono Forum) and an “insightful musician” (The New York Times). He is praised repeatedly for his poise, elegance, imagination, expressive lyricism and crystalline articulation. He performs regularly in recital, with the finest orchestras across the globe and has received critical acclaim for his recordings.
Schwizgebel’s 2019:20 season includes debuts with the Bavarian Radio Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Bern Symphony orchestras in Europe, with Cincinnati Symphony, Omaha Symphony and Louisiana Philharmonic orchestras in the US and further afield with the Tasmanian Symphony and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestras.
In recent seasons, highlights have included performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, National du Capitole de Toulouse, Danish National Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, City of Birmingham Symphony, Vienna Symphony, Utah Symphony, Nagoya and Shanghai Philharmonic orchestras. Conductors he has worked with include Edward Gardner, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Emmanuel Krivine, Nicholas Collon, Thierry Fischer, Charles Dutoit, Fabio Luisi, Lahav Shani, Robin Ticciati, Louis Langrée, John Wilson, James Gaffigan, Santtu-Matias Rouvali and Fabien Gabel amongst others.
In solo recital and chamber music, Schwizgebel performs regularly at the major festivals and halls including most recently London’s Wigmore, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Rheingau Festival, Klavierfest Ruhr, Lille Piano Festival and Singapore International Piano Festival, with artists such as Benjamin Beilman, Narek Hakhnazaryan, Renaud Capuçon and Alina Ibragimova.
Schwizgebel performs frequently in his native Switzerland; he has played in the major festivals such as Verbier, Lucerne Progetto Martha Argerich and Menuhin Festival Gstaad and in 2019:20 makes his debut in the Meisterinterpreten series in Zurich. In 2014 he made his BBC Proms debut with an electrifying televised performance of Prokofiev Piano Concerto No1 and in 2018 at the Festival de Radio France in a televised performance of Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue.
Schwizgebel records for Aparté and his latest recording of Schubert Sonatas D845 and D958 was described as an “album of extraordinary precision” by Le Figaro. Previous releases include Saint-Saëns Piano Concertos No2 and 5 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, described as “gorgeously singing and wonderfully delicate” by BBC Music Magazine, and Beethoven Piano Concertos No1 and 2 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra hailed as a “beautifully nuanced account” by Gramophone.
Schwizgebel was born in 1987 in Geneva. He studied with Brigitte Meyer in Lausanne and Pascal Devoyon in Berlin, and then later at the Juilliard School with Emanuel Ax and Robert McDonald, and at London’s Royal Academy of Music with Pascal Nemirovski. 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. In 2012 he won second prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition and in 2013 he became a BBC New Generation Artist.