Louis Lortie & Hélène Mercier, piano-duo

The Lortie-Mercier Piano Duo has a unique longevity based on an intense dialogue between the two Canadian artists who have known each other since their early teens studying in Montreal and in Vienna with the legendary Dieter Weber. They have nurtured a deep love for the art of 4 hands and 2 piano performances and repertoire.

They attracted worldwide attention through their Chandos Recordings: a Ravel disc, one of Mozart and Schubert masterpieces, and recordings of the two-piano music of Rachmaninov, the Vaughan Williams Double Concerto conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, Poulenc’s Double Concerto with Edward Gardner and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the Saint Saens ‘Carnival of the Animals’ under Neeme Jarvi. Gramophone Magazine named the Rachmaninov disc “Editor’s Choice", and the Penguin Guide awarded the duo the highest distinction, the “Rosette”. The Vaughan Williams recording received the “Diapason d”or”.

The artists have appeared in major venues around the world such as the Berlin Konzerthaus, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Warsaw Philharmonie, Brescia Bergamo, the Teatro Regio of Torino, Conservatorio di Milano, Koerner Hall in Toronto as well as under the baton of such leading maestros as Kurt Masur, Sir Mark Elder, Trevor Pinnock, Long Yu, and Vladimir Spivakov. They have performed with such prestigious orchestras as the Montreal Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Shanghai Symphony, Vancouver Symphony and the Russian National Philharmonic.

Current and upcoming concerts for the Lortie/Mercier Piano Duo include performances at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, Le Touuet-Paris-Plage Festival in France, Sigyn Hall in Turku, Finland, the Wimbleton Festival, and at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

August 2018 – Please discard any previously dated materials.

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