Cédric Pescia - Biografie

Cédric Pescia

Cédric Pescia © Uwe Neumann

Cédric Pescia


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. In 2007, Cédric Pescia was honoured with the Prix Musique de la Fondation Vaudoise pour la culture. He was also a prize-winner at the Bourse de la Fondation Leenaards in Lausanne.

Concert tours have taken him throughout Europe, China, South America, North Africa and in the USA. He has performed at the Berlin Philharmonie, the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Hamburg Laieszhalle, Kölner Philharmonie, the Mozarteum Salzburg, Tonhalle Zurich and Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Carnegie Hall New York, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, Wigmore Hall London and Frick Collection New York, Cité de la musique Paris, Vienna Konzerthaus, in Istanbul and in Moscow. He has appeared in leading music festivals such as: Prague Spring Festival, Lucerne Festival, Menuhin Festival-Gstaad, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Klavierfestival Ruhr, Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, Davos Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Rheingau Musik Festival, Busoni Festival Bolzano, Festival de Radio France et Montpellier, International Piano Festival in Miami, Festival Chopin à Bagatelle, Festival d’Eté de Bordeaux, Les Muséiques Basel and Schubertiade Hohenems. Upcoming engagements will take him amongst others to Brussels, Magdeburg, Vienna, Geneva, and Oslo, to Wigmore Hall in London and to the USA.

His orchestral appearances have been with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, the Utah Symphony, the Festival Strings of Luzern, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Ensemble Oriol Berlin, the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, the Klassische Philharmonie Bonn, the Mendelssohn Kammerorchester Leipzig, the Camerata Bern, the Basler Kammerorchester and the Göttinger Symphonie. On a concert tour he performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 with the Orchestre de Lille (L. Zagrosek).

In addition to his activities as a soloist, his love for chamber music regularly leads to performances with other eminent musicians such as the Signum Quartett. For many years Cédric Pescia has been working in close collaboration with violinist Nurit Stark with whom he performs in a duo and as Trio Stark together with cellist Monika Leskovar. The duo Pescia/Stark is supported by the Forberg-Schneider Foundation.

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. After that, amongst others, he published recordings 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. After the release of a CD with works by Ernest Bloch (la dolce volta), his latest recording was dedicated to Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier (2018, la dolce volta).

He is founding member and artistic director of the Lausanne chamber music series Ensemble enScène. He served as a jury member in the Clara Haskil Competition in Vevey and is teaching master classes in the USA and in Europe, amongst others at the prestigious Accademia Pianistica Internazionale "Incontri col Maestro" in Imola, Italy.

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