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
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  • 1.
    The Complete Rca And Sony Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 304505 Release Date: 08/05/2014   Number of Discs: 39
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Claudio Abbado,  Murray Perahia,  Anatoly Kotcherga,  Midori  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
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  • 2.
    Schumann: Carnaval, Papillons / Cecile Licad
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802180 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Cecile Licad
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  • 3.
    Faure: Cello Sonatas / Alban Gerhardt, Cecile Licad
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67872 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Alban Gerhardt,  Cecile Licad
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    Casals Encores / Alban Gerhardt, Cecile Licad
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67831 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Popper,  Claude Debussy,  Benjamin Godard,  Giovanni Sgambati  ... 
    Performer:  Alban Gerhardt,  Cecile Licad
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    Schumann: Carnaval, Papillons, Toccata / Cecile Licad
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 45742 Release Date: 09/25/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Cecile Licad
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  • 6.
    Rarities Of Piano Music At Schloss Vor Husum 2006
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 669 Release Date: 11/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ilmari Hannikainen,  Leff Pouishnoff,  Antonio Soler,  Charles Valentin Alkan  ... 
    Performer:  Jonathan Plowright,  Eldar Nebolsin,  Marc-André Hamelin,  Hamish Milne  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tal & Groethuysen Duo
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  • 7.
    Chopin: Piano Concertos / Nakamura, Licad
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64241 Release Date: 07/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Hiroko Nakamura,  Cecile Licad
    Conductor:  Anatole Fistoulari,  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Brahms: Violin Sonata no 2 / Solerno-Sonnenberg, Licad
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 49410 Release Date: 06/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  César Franck
    Performer:  Cecile Licad,  Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
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  • 9.
    Rarities Of Piano Music 2005 - Medtner, Schubert, Et Al
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 659 Release Date: 11/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Medtner,  Pancho Vladigerov,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Florent Schmitt  ... 
    Performer:  Ekaterina Derzhavina,  Ludmil Angelov,  Roland Pöntinen,  Cecile Licad  ... 
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    Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio;  Brahms: Horn Trio / Licad, Salerno-sonnenberg, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 31536 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  John Cerminaro,  Cecile Licad,  Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg,  Antonio Meneses
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  • 11.
    American Classics - Gottschalk: Piano Music / Cecile Licad
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559145 Release Date: 05/20/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis Moreau Gottschalk
    Performer:  Cecile Licad
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  • 12.
    Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival - Haydn, Lanner, Korngold
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7532 Release Date: 06/25/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josef Lanner,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Robert Rinehart,  Arnold Steinhardt,  Marji Danilow,  Carmit Zori  ... 
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    Marlboro Music Festival 50th Anniversary Album
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9108 Release Date: 08/28/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  György Ligeti,  György Kurtág,  Béla Bartók,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Catherine Cho,  Siegfried Palm,  Soovin Kim,  Kirsten Johnson  ... 
    Conductor:  Sandor Végh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Marlboro Festival Orchestra
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  • 14.
    Complete Beethoven Edition Vol 14 - Misc. Chamber Works
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453772 Release Date: 12/09/1997   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Christoph Eschenbach,  Alois Posch,  Patrick Gallois,  Jean-Pierre Rampal  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet,  Hagen String Quartet,  Vienna Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble  ... 
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  • 15.
    Greatest Hits - Saint-saens
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 69251 Release Date: 11/14/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Cecile Licad,  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Marielle Nordmann,  Mason Jones  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Eugene Ormandy,  John DeMain,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Rio de Janeiro Municipal Theatre Orchestra  ... 
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  • 16.
    Chopin - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64057 Release Date: 08/09/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Cecile Licad,  Emanuel Ax,  Philippe Entremont,  Cyprien Katsaris  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 17.
    Saint-saens: Concertos / Ma, Licad, Lin, Maazel, Previn
    Label: Cbs Masterworks Digital Masters   Catalog: 46506 Release Date: 01/18/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Lin Cho-Liang,  Cecile Licad,  Yo-Yo Ma
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas,  André Previn,  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  ORTF National Orchestra
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