Instrumentalist - Piano
About
Called a "pianist's pianist" by The New Yorker, Cecile Licad's artistry is a blend of daring musical instinct and the superb training. Her natural talent was honed at the Curtis Institute of Music by three of the greatest performer/pedagogues of our time: Rudolf Serkin, Seymour Lipkin and Mieczyslaw Horszowski. Licad's large repertoire as an orchestral soloist ranges from acclaimed interpretations of the Classical works of Mozart and Beethoven to the Romantic literature of Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Schumann and Rachmaninoff to the 20th century compositions of Debussy, Ravel, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Bartok.
Posted: Jul-27-2011
Latest Acclaim
"Licad’s wielding of the overloaded harmonies, the mystical Scriabin-like tonal wanderings, and the overwhelming pathos that pervades the work, was nothing short of virtuosic. She rose to the challenge of the final movement’s jarring montage of former themes in the sonata."
— South Florida Classical Review
Posted: Oct-21-2013
Latest Recording
Following their triumphant Casals Encores disc, Alban Gerhardt and Cecile Licad are reunited for Faurés music for cello and piano. The two cello sonatas are among the masterpieces of the cello repertoire, looking back to the 19th century but also with an edginess that may well reflect the time in which they were writtenduring and immediately after the First World War. Remarkably, Fauré was in his seventies by the time he wrote them. Theres some debate as to how fast the last movement of the First Sonata should go so Alban Gerhardt has recorded two alternative versions, to be programmed to the listeners taste. Alongside the sonatas are some of Faurés most seductive bon-bons, including the famous Sicilienne and Élégie, and the so-called Papillon (so-named at his publishers insistence, much to Faurés annoyance who hated fluffy titles).
Posted: Jan-3-2012
Latest Video
Posted: Oct-30-2007