David Louie — Biography


Among the foremost Canadian classical musicians, performing on piano and harpsichord, David Louie is a laureate of the CBC Radio Competition and the prestigious international competitions at Santander and Sydney. His playing has been described as “far from ordinary … distinguished by the use of enormous pianistic tonal variety for purely musical ends and the kind of animal magnetism only a few artists in each generation generate.” (Ottawa Citizen)

David Louie made his New York debut under the auspices of the city’s venerable Peoples’ Symphony Concerts. He has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and at major venues in Rome, Madrid, Warsaw, Budapest, Stockholm and Tel Aviv. He has appeared as soloist with the Vancouver Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada, Gulbenkian Chamber Orchestra of Lisbon, and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London. A respected chamber musician, David Louie has played with the Takacs Quartet and the Smithsonian Chamber Players. He is a founding member of the Grammy-nominated ARC Ensemble, and, with them, has recorded on Chandos and Sony BMG Masterworks.

Among the few keyboard artists to traverse traditional boundaries between modern and period performance, David Louie plays historical instruments and writes historically-informed arrangements. His arrangements include solo keyboard versions of Bach’s Violin Sonatas & Partitas and Rameau’s Pièces de clavecin en concerts. With violinist Benjamin Bowman, Louie premiered his critically-acclaimed completion of Mendelssohn’s unfinished Violin Sonata in D minor at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and at London’s Wigmore Hall.

During the 2017-18 season, David Louie will appear with the ARC Ensemble at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest, Romania, and in Augsburg, Germany, coinciding with the release of ARC’s latest Chandos disc: Chamber Music of Szymon Laks, which includes Mr. Louie’s world-premiere recording of the exiled Polish composer’s Sonatine. David Louie will also appear as a harpsichord recitalist, celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the Glenn Gould School with a presentation of Bach’s complete Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I.

Born in Prince George, British Columbia, David Louie began music studies at the age of five. At the Royal Conservatory in Toronto he worked with Boris Zarankin and Leon Fleisher, and as a Canada Council arts grant recipient he studied with John Perry at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. David Louie has given masterclasses in the United Kingdom, Poland, Israel, and Australia. He is currently a member of the keyboard faculty at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory in Toronto.