In demand on five continents, Louis Lortie has established long-term partnerships with orchestras such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France and Dresden Philharmonic in Europe, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, San Diego Symphony and St Louis and New-Jersey Symphony in the US. In his native Canada he regularly performs with the major orchestras in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa and Calgary. Further afield, collaborations include the Shanghai Symphony, where he was artist-in-residence in 2017-18, as well as the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, and the Adelaide and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. Regular partnerships with conductors include, among others, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Edward Gardner, Sir Andrew Davis, Jaap Van Zweden, Simone Young, Antoni Wit and Thierry Fischer.
Louis Lortie is currently Master in Residence at The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels, and Artistic Director of the LacMus International Festival on Lake Como which he founded in 2017. A prolific recording artist, he boasts a discography of over 45 recordings for Chandos Records, that includes concertos, solo works and piano duos with his regular partner Hélène Mercier.
A former winner of the Busoni Competition and laureate of the Leeds Competition (1984), Lortie studied in Montreal with Yvonne Hubert, in Vienna with Dieter Weber, and subsequently with Leon Fleisher.