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Cecile Licad “In Camara” at the Gardner Museum

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I first heard Filipino pianist Cecile Licad one hot mid-week summer evening at Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal over 30 years ago. On that evening, the then 20 year old played the Tchaikovsky first with the MSO under Charles Dutoit and she must have made a strong impression on the conductor, as he selected her to tour with him and his other orchestra at the time (the NHK Symphony).

Born in Manilla into a musical family, Cecile Licad’s first piano teacher was her mother, who began teaching her at age three. Her progress was so great that by the age of seven, under the tutelage of Rosario Picazo, she made her orchestral debut with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. At the age of twelve, Licad went to the United States where she enrolled at the Curtis Institute of Music with Mieczysław Horszowski, Seymour Lipkin and Rudolf Serkin, receiving the award for most outstanding student. From Curtis, Licad went to Rudolf Serkin’s Institute for Young Musicians in Vermont where she studied with him for five years.

Over her 30 year career (how time flies!) she has performed and recorded as a solo pianist, chamber accompanist and as a concerto soloist, in a repertoire that ranges from the classical (Mozart and Beethoven) to the Romantic literature of Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Schumann and Rachmaninov to the modern works of Debussy, Ravel, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Bartók.

In the works I chose, we will hear her in Chopin (a performance of the complete op. 28 preludes) and Rachmaninov (his second sonata).

Happy listening!


Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849)
Scherzo for piano No. 1 in B minor, op. 20

Twenty-four Preludes, op. 28

Sergey RACHMANINOV (1873-1943)
Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, op. 36

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Updated Jul-16-2013 at 13:27 by itywltmt

Classical Music , Musicians , Recorded Music