David Louie — Biography


Hailed as a “pianistic sensation” (Rhein-Zeitung, Germany), David Louie is one of the foremost Canadian musicians of his generation, and a laureate of the CBC Radio Competition and the prestigious international competitions at Santander and Sydney.

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 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, he 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 artists to traverse traditional boundaries between modern and period performance, David Louie plays historical keyboard instruments and writes historically-informed arrangements. He has presented harpsichord recitals of Bach's Goldberg Variations, Musical Offering and Well-Tempered Clavier. 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 London's Wigmore Hall.

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 an Canada Council arts grant recipient he studied with John Perry at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. David Louie is a dedicated teacher and 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.