Philippe Cassard

Philippe Cassard has established an international reputation as concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician since giving a joint recital with Christa Ludwig in Paris in 1985. The same year Philippe Cassard was finalist at the Clara Haskil Competition and in 1988 he won the First Prize at the Dublin International Piano Competition. His concerto appearances include performances with the London Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and BBC Wales, Orchestre National de France... He has worked with many conductors including Sir Neville Marriner, Jeffrey Tate, Vladimir Fedossejev, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Raymond Leppard, Charles Dutoit, Armin Jordan, Marek Janowski, Emmanuel Krivine, Thierry Fischer…

His performance of the complete piano works of Debussy (four recitals in a single day) received extremely enthusiastic press and media coverage. He has presented the cycle in London Wigmore Hall, Dublin, Paris, Lisbon, Sydney, Singapore and Tokyo. His Debussy's recordings on a well-preserved 1898 Bechstein published by Decca have been awarded Grand Prix du Disque Français in 1994.

Philippe Cassard plays also a huge repertoire of chamber music, and he appearead with such artists as Natalie Dessay, Angelika Kirchschlager, Wolfgang Holzmair, Paul Meyer, David Grimal, Anne Gastinel, Matt Haimovitz, Isabelle Faust, the Ebene, Modigliani, Takacs, Auryn, Vanbrugh, Danish and Chilingirian string quartets.His recording of Schumann’s Humoresque and Fantasiestücke op.12 was awarded Gramophone Editor’s Choice and FM Magazine « Best Buy » (2005). Philippe Cassard's releases (Schubert 8 Impromptus, Brahms op.116 to 119) have been received very warmly.

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Beethoven / Liszt: Symphony n° 9

Beethoven / Liszt: Symphony 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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