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.

Cecile can be heard in the recently released album titled “Music of the Night: American Nocturnes” (Danacord). The album is the second volume of her critically acclaimed Anthology of American Piano Music, which explores lesser played music of American Composers. Of the Anthology, Pianist Magazine wrote “To hear a master pianist like Cecile Licad tackle these works is a luxury not often granted when unknown piano music is concerned. It’s usually left to the second-division pianists to be dragged into the studio to record the ‘outsiders’. Not so here.”

Posted: Aug-2-2017
Latest News

Pianist Cecile Licad will be touring the Phillipines in 2018, starting November 29th and performing in Iloilo City, Roxas City, Davao and Legazpi City. Ms. Licad will be offering an all-Chopin program, and will begin her tour in Iloilo City, performing at an historical heritage site. 

Posted: Sep-4-2018
Latest Acclaim

"Licad’s playing of all three composers was superb...There were stretches of her playing in the second movement (marked “Moderately slow, with great dignity”), that crowded out time for the contemplation of the music, but she played with a feeling of advocacy that was touching. There is a lot of surface dazzlement in the sonata, but Licad brought out the depths in the piece as well...Her lovely, long legato runs expressed the hyper-lyricism of Liszt’s thinking, perfectly capturing the rise of each emotional state, its turn toward the baroque and decadence, and its disintegration and reformation into the next experience."

— New York Classical Review
Posted: Jan-23-2018
Latest Recording

After world famous pianist Cecile Licad played the Ornstein Sonata on DACOCD 739 Danacord decided to record a series of American piano music and the first result is here with four important sonatas.

Posted: Jun-6-2016
Latest Video
Posted: Oct-30-2007