The Canada Council gave Lortie its Virginia P. Moore Award in 1984, the Conseil des arts de la Communauté urbaine de Montréal awarded him its Grand Prix in 1986 and the Canadian Music Council named him "performer of the year" in 1987. He was named to the ORDER OF CANADA in 1992 and appointed an Officer in 1995.
A pianist whose interpretations reveal strong personality and impeccable technique, Lortie has established himself not only as one of Canada's foremost pianists but also as one of his generation's outstanding musicians in any discipline. He has performed with the world's leading orchestras, participated in several top international festivals, and made over 30 recordings for the Chandos label ranging from Mozart to Stravinsky, many of which have been awarded international prizes. Recent releases include all the works for piano and orchestra by Liszt with the Residentie Orchestra of The Hague, the Franck Symphonic Variations with the BBC Philharmonic, and, as a soloist, the complete piano sonata cycle of Beethoven. In 2010 Lortie released the first volume of a new Chopin series on Chandos, while Years 1 and 3 of Liszt's Années de Pèlerinage and a disc of the composer's transcriptions are planned for 2011. In 2010 Lortie was nominated for a Juno Award for his recording of the Mendelssohn Piano Concertos 1 & 2, with the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, released on the ATMA Classique label.
Louis Lortie's interests also involve chamber music projects; he founded the Lortie-Berick-Lysy Trio in 1995, and has conducted large instrumental ensembles such as the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto.
Author HÉLÈNE PLOUFFE Revised: RACHELLE TAYLOR
Links to Other Sites
A biography of Canadian pianist Louis Lortie from Seldy Cramer Artists.
Louis Lortie: Back to Beethoven
Louis Lortie discusses his passion for music in this article from La Scena Musicale.