Cédric Pescia

“The Bechstein concert grand stands out for its wonderfully colored spectrum that is ideal for any repertoire.”

Cedric Pescia


Cédric Pescia was born in Lausanne and studied under Christian Favre in his hometown, Dominique Merlet in Geneva and Klaus Hellwig in Berlin. He continued his training under Dimitri Bashkirov and Andreas Staier at the International Piano Academy Lake Como in Italy. In 2002, he won one of the most prestigious competitions in the world: the Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition in Salt Lake City, which more than 500 pianists from forty different countries had entered. Pescia has performed at highly prestigious concert halls in the USA and all over Europe and South America (Carnegie Hall in New York, the Philharmonic and Konzerthaus in Berlin, Musikhalle in Hamburg, Tonhalle in Zurich and Wigmore Hall in London), not to mention countless international festivals. The orchestras he has played with as a soloist include the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, the Camerata de Lausanne, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Orchestra Verdi di Milano and the Ensemble Oriol Berlin.

Two CDs released on the label Claves Records, the first featuring Bach’s Goldberg Variations, the second works by Schumann, were lauded by critics. Pescia has recorded two more CDs on Claves Records: one featuring works by Couperin, Messiaen and Debussy, the other where he performs compositions by Busoni and Enescu as a duo with violinist Nurit Stark. His discography also includes a CD featuring Beethoven’s last three piano sonatas, which was released in the spring of 2009, and a recording of works by Robert Schumann released in 2010, which received the Supersonic Award. Also worth mentioning are CDs with works by Cage (Aeon) and Messiaen (Genuin), The Art of Fugue by Bach, Schubert’s final concertos for two and four hands (La Dolce Vita, with Philippe Cassard) and works for the piano and violin by Clara and Robert Schumann (Claves, with Nurit Stark). In 2012, Pescia was appointed as a professor of piano at the Haute École de Musique de Genève.

“The Bechstein concert grand stands out for its wonderfully colored spectrum that is ideal for any repertoire. This applies in particular to Debussy: the Bechstein seems to be made especially for this composer as it renders his music in a richer, more beautiful and more balanced manner than any other instrument.”

Beethoven / Liszt: Symphonie n° 9

Beethoven / Liszt: Symphonie n° 9


Cédric Pescia and Philippe Cassard have recorded a new CD playing on two C. Bechstein grand pianos. Released on the La Dolce Volta label, the album features Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony as arranged by Liszt. “The interpretation by the two pianists stands out for their harmonious phrasing and synchronous respiration, as well as for the balanced repartition of the voices of both pianos. This is particularly evident in the singing rendering of the many lyrical moments of the third movement.” (Deutschlandfunk, 4 November 2020)


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