2012 | Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble | Louis Lortie | | The JUNO Awards

Canadian pianist Louis Lortie has been praised for the fresh perspective and individuality he brings to a deliberately broad spectrum of the keyboard canon. He studied in Montreal with Yvonne Hubert (a pupil of French pianist Alfred Cortot), in Vienna with the Beethoven specialist Dieter Weber and subsequently with Schnabel disciple Leon Fleisher, among others. Lortie has performed the complete works of Ravel in London and Montreal for the BBC and CBC, and is also known for his interpretations of Chopin. Following a recital of Chopin’s complete Études in London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Financial Times wrote: “Better Chopin playing than this is not to be heard, not anywhere.” Lortie has performed a series devoted to the keyboard, chamber and vocal music of Brahms and Schumann for CBC. He often performs solo, chamber and concerto works by Thomas Ades.