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LacMus Festival – Lake Como International Music Festival Arts and Academy 9–16 July 2017

I am very glad to announce my new festival on Lake Como in Italy, starting this summer! The festival LacMus is taking place from 9 to 16 July 2017 in marvellous venues of the Tremezzina. Just open the following link: and join us for an irresistible week of magical experiences.

Press Release

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 extended his interpretative voice across a broad range of repertoire rather than choosing to specialize in one particular style.  The London Times has identified the artist’s “combination of total spontaneity and meditated ripeness that only great pianists have”.

He is in demand internationally. In 2017-2018, he is Artist in Residence of the Shanghai Symphony and performs four different programs with them throughout the season. He performs with the OSESP Sao Paulo and the complete Liszt “Annees de Pelerinage” in recital for them. In Australia, Mr. Lortie performs with WASO/Perth and with the Adelaide Symphony. He performs Liszt “Annees” for the Chicago Symphony and for the annual Liszt Festival in Raiding, Hungary. There will be two Lortie recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall and an extensive recital tour in Italy. He performs and records with Sir Andrew Davis and the BBC Symphony, was selected by Jaap Van Zweden to play Mozart K466 for one of Mr. Van Zweden’s final Dallas Symphony concerts as Music Director. He returns to the National Symphony Taipei, the Philadelphia Orchestra with Nezet-Seguin, the Toronto Symphony, Budapest Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony and the New York Philharmonic. His play/conduct engagements are with great orchestras world-wide.

Louis Lortie’s long-awaited LacMus International Festival ( on Lake Como, Italy, makes its debut July 9-16, 2017.

He has made more than 45 recordings for the Chandos label, covering repertoire from Mozart to Stravinsky, including a set of the complete Beethoven sonatas and the complete Liszt “Annees de Pelerinage”, which was named one of the ten best recordings of 2012 by the New Yorker Magazine.  His recording of the Lutosławski Piano Concerto with Edward Gardner and the BBC Symphony received high praise, as did a recent Chopin recording (he is recording all of Chopin’s solo piano music for Chandos), which was named one of the best recordings of the year by the New York Times. Recently released recordings are Chopin Waltzes (“This is Chopin playing of sublime genius”- Fanfare Magazine), Saint Saens’ Africa, Wedding Cake, and Carnival of the Animals with Neeme Jarvi and the Bergen Philharmonic, and Rachmaninov’s complete works for two pianos with Helene Mercier. Future recordings are Poulenc works for piano and orchestra with the BBC Philharmonic, Faure piano works, and Scriabin piano works. For the Onyx label, he has recorded two acclaimed CDs with violinist Augustin Dumay.

Mr. Lortie is the Master in Residence at The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel of Brussels. He 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. In 1984, he won First Prize in the Busoni Competition and was also prizewinner at the Leeds Competition.  Mr. Lortie is a citizen of Canada and has homes in Montreal, Berlin and Italy. 

October 2017 – Please discard any previously dated materials.

Calendar of Performances

Contact Information

For any questions and comments:

Worldwide Management

Seldy Cramer Artists
601 Van Ness Avenue, No. 15
San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
Seldy Cramer:
Tel: +1 415-757-0235

Management for Europe (excluding Italy)

Victoria Rowsell
Victoria Rowsell Artist Management
34 Addington Square London
Victoria Rowsell:
Tel: +44 20 7701 3219

Management for Italy

Lorenzo Baldrighi Artists Management
Piazza Gnecchi, 2
Verderio Superiore (LC), 23878 Italy
Emanuela Casiraghi:
Tel: +39 039 928 1416 • Fax: +39 039 928 1424

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