Cecile Licad, born 1961 in Manila (Philippines), was student at the Curtist Institute with Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Seymour Lipkin and Rudolf Serkin, with whom she continued her studies privately for five years. Gold medal at the Leventritt Competition. Concerts have led Cecile Licad to important music centers from the Tanglewood Festival with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa to performances with New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic with conductors like Claudio Abbado, Zubin Mehta, André Previn, Mstislav Rostropovich, Sir Georg Solti, She has recorded numerous CDs with compositions by Chopin, Gottschalk, Ravel, Schumann, etc. Cecile Licads's CD recording of Piano Concerto No. 2 in each case by Chopin and Saint-Saëns with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under André Previn (SONY) received the Grand Prix du Disque.