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Cédric Pescia


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    Three Romances for Violin & Piano, Op. 22: III. Leidenschaftlich schnell - Clara Schumann , Nurit Stark ,
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    Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Minor: II. Molto quieto - Ernest Bloch , Nurit Stark ,
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    Three Romances for Violin & Piano, Op. 22: I. Andante molto - Clara Schumann , Nurit Stark ,
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    Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XXXII. Aria - Johann Sebastian Bach ,
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    Three Romances for Violin & Piano, Op. 22: II. Allegretto - Clara Schumann , Nurit Stark ,
Swiss-born pianist Cédric Pescia has recorded subtle interpretations of keyboard repertoire from Couperin to Messiaen.
He has also been active as a chamber musician and as a coach for singers of lieder.
Pescia was born in 1976 in Lausanne and took up the piano at age seven. He enrolled at the Lausanne Conservatory, studying with Christian Favrel, and then moved to the Geneva Conservatory, where his teacher was Dominique Merlet. At both these schools he took top prizes. He completed his studies at the Berlin University of the Arts, under Klaus Hellwig. Pescia took master classes from, among others, Daniel Barenboim, Irwin Gage, Christian Zacharias, and, during several seasons at the International Piano Academy on Italy's Lake Como, Leon Fleisher, Andreas Staier, and Fou Ts'ong. He also took chamber music coaching from the Alban Berg Quartet.
A major prize breakthrough for Pescia was a win at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in Salt Lake City in 2002. Pescia has toured the U.S., South America, China, and North Africa, as well as Europe. Among his major appearances as soloist have been those with the Utah Symphony, the Orchestre Nationale de Lille, the Camerata Bern, and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. He has given recitals at the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Tonhalle Zürich, and London's Wigmore Hall. Pescia has been a frequent guest at major European festivals.
Beginning ambitiously with a recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations on Switzerland's Claves label in 2005, Pescia has continued to record for that label, and, at times, for Aeon. He has recorded an ongoing cycle of piano works by Robert Schumann, and in 2017 his recording of violin sonatas by Ernest Bloch, with his frequent duet partner Nurit Stark, appeared on Claves. Pescia often gives master classes and since 2012 has been professor of piano at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Geneva.


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