Cédric Pescia

Instruments: Keyboards | Piano

Cédric Pescia, born in Lausanne, studied with Christian Favre in Lausanne, later with Dominique Merlet in Geneva and with Klaus Hellwig in Berlin. He continued his education at the “International Piano Academy” at Lake Como (Italy) as student of Dimitri Bashkirov, Leon Fleisher, William Grant Naboré, Menahem Pressler, Andreas Staier and Fou Ts’ong. Furthermore the young pianist got impulses from Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Daniel Barenboim, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Ivan Klánsky, Christian Zacharias, and the Alban Berg Quartet.

In 2002, he won one of the most prestigious competitions of the world, the Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition” in Salt Lake City, in which more than 500 pianists from 40 countries took part.

Cédric Pescia performed in numerous European countries, in South America, and in the USA. He has appeared in international music festivals such as Lucerne Festival, Miami International Piano Festival, Klavierfestival Ruhr, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Schubertiade Hohenems, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Busoni Festival Bolzano, Festival de Radio France in Montpellier, Festival Chopin à Bagatelle, Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, Schubertiade Hohenems, Festival d’Été de Bordeaux, and Les Muséiques Basel. Recitals have brought him to Hamburg, Antwerp (de Single), Zurich (Tonhalle), Prague (Prague Spring), Lausanne, Berlin, Salzburg (Mozarteum), Bremen, Düsseldorf (Tonhalle), Stuttgart (Liederhalle), Leipzig, Cologne (Philharmonie), Paris (Cité de la musique, Louvre), Istanbul and Vienna (Konzerthaus).

As a soloist he worked with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Utah Symphony, the Festival Strings of Luzern, the Klassische Philharmonie Bonn, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra, the Mendelssohn Chmaber Orchestra Leipzig, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, and the Ensemble Oriol Berlin. On a concert tour he performend Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 with the Orchestre de Lille (L. Zagrosek) and recently worked with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie.

His debut CD with Bach’s Goldberg Variations (Claves Records) and his recordings with works by Schumann and Beethoven (Claves Records) received plenty of acclaim and appeal by the international press. The latest recordings are dedicated to John Cage (Aeon), Messiaen (Genuin), Bach – Cédric Pescia recorded The Art of the Fugue in a non equal temperament, accentuating the chromatism of the pieces – (aeon), Schubert (late works for two and four hands together with Philippe Cassard) (la dolce volta) and works by Clara and Robert Schumann (claves) with violist Nurit Stark. In 2017, a CD with works by Ernest Bloch will be released; and in 2018 he will record Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier.

He perfoms in a duo with violist Nurit Stark and as Trio Stark together with cellist Monika Leskovar.

In 2012 Cédric Pescia was appointed professor for piano at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève.

Photo Credit: Uwe Neumann

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