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Rare chance to hear world-acclaimed pianist

An influential figure in British music urges audiences not to miss a rare opportunity to hear one of the most talented pianists of his generation perform in Harrogate.

Dame Fanny Waterman DBE, the renowned teacher and founder and chair of the Leeds International Piano Competition, describes young pianist Louis Schwizgebel as ‘simply breath-taking’.

Dame Fanny Waterman said:

Louis Schwizgebel has stunned audiences all over the world, and this really is a joy and rare treat to hear a young man who is destined for great things. I really urge audiences not to miss him with such an intimate performance that will no doubt become a rarity the bigger his name gets.

The Swiss-born pianist will be performing at Harrogate’s The Old Swan Hotel as part of the Harrogate International Spring Sunday Series.

Louis Schwizgebel’s career was launched in 2005 when he was seventeen and the “Coup de Coeur Breguet” at the Geneva International Music Competition. He went on to wow American audiences, with the Washington Post saying he played with a

Powerhouse technique, a sly sense of humour, wonderfully expressive phrasing, and seething passion, showing also sensitivity to subtle but essential details of touch and tone.




The jury awarded Schwizgebel 2nd prize at 2012’s Leeds International Piano Competition. In the final round he performed Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 with The Hallé Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder broadcast on television BBC Four and BBC Radio 3.

Sharon Canavar, CEO of the Harrogate International Festivals, said:

We are delighted to be bringing musicians of such international acclaim to Harrogate this spring, launching our year-round portfolio for 2013.

Dame Fanny is Honorary President of the Harrogate International Festivals and still in huge demand all over the world as a mentor and jury member. She co-founded the Leeds International Piano Competition in 1963 with Marion Harewood, and 50 years later, it is regarded by the international community as the most coveted prize in the piano world with alumni including Andras Schiff and Noriko Ogawa.

Dame Fanny urges:

This is a recital not to be missed.


Louis Schwizgebel, piano – Sunday 27 January, 11am, Old Swan Hotel. Tickets £17, £15.50

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