Instrumentalist - Piano
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.
Posted: Jul-27-2011
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The November 11 edition of Radio 3's classical Breakfast show, includes Camille Saint-Saëns' Allegro Appassionato played by cellist Alban Gerhardt and pianist Cecile Licad.
Posted: Nov-15-2011
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“One noticed that the keyboard cover, which ordinarily separates the sounding board from the player, had been removed. Once the performance began, one understood why. Licad did not wish there to be any separation between any of the elements in that performance. Everything about her interpretation spoke of a drive to fuse herself into the spirit of the music and unifying herself with every other player onstage. The piece is not often performed, probably because it is so difficult. On Saturday night, those difficulties seemed to dissolve, partly through the superb focus and discipline of the orchestra, but even more through the force of Licad’s infallible technique. In more than 50 years of watching people play the piano, this reviewer has never seen its equal. In response to the audience’s rapturous acclaim, Licad returned to the stage to dispatch Earl Wild’s preposterously difficult Etude on Gershwin’s ‘Embraceable You’ as though it were child’s play.”

— Spokesman-Review
Posted: Sep-21-2015
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Following their triumphant Casals Encores disc, Alban Gerhardt and Cecile Licad are reunited for Faurés music for cello and piano. The two cello sonatas are among the masterpieces of the cello repertoire, looking back to the 19th century but also with an edginess that may well reflect the time in which they were writtenduring and immediately after the First World War. Remarkably, Fauré was in his seventies by the time he wrote them. Theres some debate as to how fast the last movement of the First Sonata should go so Alban Gerhardt has recorded two alternative versions, to be programmed to the listeners taste. Alongside the sonatas are some of Faurés most seductive bon-bons, including the famous Sicilienne and Élégie, and the so-called Papillon (so-named at his publishers insistence, much to Faurés annoyance who hated fluffy titles).
Posted: Jan-3-2012
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Posted: Oct-30-2007