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Cecile Licad

Cecile Licad

Cecile Licad is considered the foremost Philippine pianist of our time.

She has shown brightly in performances of solo literature and chamber works and as soloist in concertos throughout the world. Her teacher, the great Rudolf Serkin at the Curtis Institute, said, “Cecile Licad has an incredible instinct for all kinds of music and seems equally at home at any style.” 

She began her piano studies at the age of 3 and made her debut as soloist with the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra at age 7. At 12, she was admitted to Curtis in Philadelphia and studied there with three renowned teachers: Rudolf Serkin, Mieczyslaw Horszowski, and Seymour Lipkin. She was a regular visitor at Marlboro, where she oftened played duet literature with Horszowski. In 1981, her international career was launched by receiving the prestigious Leventritt Award Gold Medal. Since then, Miss Licad has been among the most traveled pianists in the world and has been soloist with most of the important orchestras, including Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, Philadelphia, London, and the New York Philharmonic, as well as the National Symphony and the major orchestras of Germany, Japan, and Russia. Among the conductors she has worked with are Ozawa, Previn, Abaddo, Dutoit, Marriner, Ormandy, and Solti. Her highly acclaimed performance with Solti of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 is a popular hit on YouTube. 

Her appearances as a chamber artist include collaborations with some of the celebrated instrumentalists of our time, including the violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, cellist Alban Gerhardt, and pianist Peter Serkin, among many others. She has also been soloist with the Guarneri, Takács, and other leading string quartets. Her Chopin CD was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque, and her recording of the music of Gottschalk on Naxos has been a constant bestseller. Over the years, Miss Licad has developed a deep interest in the neglected piano music of American composers from the Revolutionary era to the present, and her recent four CDs of American piano music on the Danacord label have garnered extraordinary reviews throughout the world. Her next recording with Danacord is the complete piano and orchestra works of Gershwin. She also collaborated with Wynton Marsalis on the film Louis a Wilm by Dan Pritzker.