Cecile Licad

Biography

Born: May 11, 1961; Manila, Philippines  
One of the most outstanding concert artists in the world is pianist Cecile Licad. Born in the Philippines, Licad began her studies on piano at the age of 3 with her mother and made her public debut in Manila at the tender age of 7. At 14, Licad played for pianist Rudolf Serkin, who upon hearing her exclaimed "when I was her age, I could not touch what she is doing." Licad was soon packed off to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where Read more she studied with Serkin, Seymour Lipkin, and Mieczyslaw Horszowski. In 1980 Licad was awarded the prestigious Leventritt Award, even though she hadn't competed for it and the competition itself had been dormant for several years.

Her recording career began promisingly enough, with Licad's early CBS recordings of the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 and the Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2 invading the Billboard classical charts. After her work with CBS ended in 1989 with a splendid album of Schumann's piano music, she recorded some chamber music with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg for EMI, also appearing with the latter at Lincoln Center. In the mid-'90s Licad recorded two discs of Chopin and Ravel for the MusicMasters label that represented some of her best recordings. But even as Licad was winning unqualified raves for her work in the concert hall, changing economics in the classical music market sank MusicMasters, taking her recordings along with it.

In 2003 Licad made a stunning comeback in the record market with a magnificent recording of piano music by American composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk for the Naxos label. All along Licad has continued to tour and give concerts even as competition among soloists for a shrinking number of engagements is growing tighter by each season. One good example of Licad's toughness, however, is that in 2003 she was playing an outreach concert in Tuguegarao City, in the northern province of Philippines, and decided to take a side trip to view the Banaue rice fields. Licad and her company were trapped by a series of mud slides; however, she managed to slog through a couple of miles of knee-deep mud in order to make it to a helicopter, just in time to catch her 8 a.m. flight from Manila to her next engagement in Madison, WI.

About a Licad concert, a Washington Post reviewer once wrote "every sound she made was beautiful, every note and phrase the result of intellect warmed by emotion." Indeed, Licad is so good that she makes you forget the composer and luxuriate in the warmth and deep feeling elicited by her playing alone -- she could probably bring one to tears with a Czerny etude. Anyone who is foolish enough to stipulate that all the greatest concert artists belong to the past and that "they just don't make them like that anymore" has never heard Cecile Licad play. Read less

Biography

Born: May 11, 1961; Manila, Philippines  
One of the most outstanding concert artists in the world is pianist Cecile Licad. Born in the Philippines, Licad began her studies on piano at the age of 3 with her mother and made her public debut in Manila at the tender age of 7. At 14, Licad played for pianist Rudolf Serkin, who upon hearing her exclaimed "when I was her age, I could not touch what she is doing." Licad was soon packed off to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
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Trio in A minor, Op. 50 (2005 Digital Remaster): I. Pezzo Elegiaco; II. A. Tema con variazioni
Trio in A minor, Op. 50 (2005 Digital Remaster): Tema: Andante Con Moto
Trio in A minor, Op. 50 (2005 Digital Remaster): Variation I
Trio in A minor, Op. 50 (2005 Digital Remaster): Variation II: Più Mosso
Trio in A minor, Op. 50 (2005 Digital Remaster): Variation III: Allegro Moderato
Trio in A minor, Op. 50 (2005 Digital Remaster): Variation IV: L'Istesso Tempo (allegro moderato)
Trio in A minor, Op. 50 (2005 Digital Remaster): Variation V: L'Istesso Tempo
Trio in A minor, Op. 50 (2005 Digital Remaster): Variation VI: Tempo Di Valse
Trio in A minor, Op. 50 (2005 Digital Remaster): Variation VII: Allegro Moderato
Trio in A minor, Op. 50 (2005 Digital Remaster): Variation VIII: Fuga
Trio in A minor, Op. 50 (2005 Digital Remaster): Variation IX: Andante Febile, Ma Non Tanto
Trio in A minor, Op. 50 (2005 Digital Remaster): Variation X: Tempo Di Mazurka
Trio in A minor, Op. 50 (2005 Digital Remaster): Variation XI: Moderato
Trio in A minor, Op. 50 (2005 Digital Remaster): II. B. Variazioni dinale e coda
Trio in E flat, Op. 40 for Piano, Violin and Horn (2005 Digital Remaster): I. Andante
Trio in E flat, Op. 40 for Piano, Violin and Horn (2005 Digital Remaster): II. Scherzo: Allegro
Trio in E flat, Op. 40 for Piano, Violin and Horn (2005 Digital Remaster): III. Adagio mesto
Trio in E flat, Op. 40 for Piano, Violin and Horn (2005 Digital Remaster): IV. Finale
1. The cottage maid (Walisich)
2. Von edlem Geschlecht war Shinkin (Schottisch)
3. A Schüsserl und a Reindl (Österreichisch)
4. The last rose of summer (Irisch)
5. Chiling O'Guiry (Irisch)
6. Paddy whack (Irisch)
1. I bin a Tiroler Bua (Österreichisch)
2. Bonny laddie, highland laddie (Schottisch)
3. Volslied aus Kleinrußland
4. St. Patrick's day (Irisch)
5. A Madel, ja a Madel (Österreichisch)
6. Peggy's daughter (Walisisch)
7. Schöne Minka (Russisch)
8. O Mary at the window be (Schottisch)
9. Oh, thou are the lad of my heart (Schottisch)
10. The highland watch (Schottisch)
Concerto No. 2 For Piano And Orchestra, Op. 22: I - Andante sostenuto
II - Allegro scherzando
III - Presto


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