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Program

29 April - 11:00 h (Local Time)
FreiRaum

Photo: Matthias Leitzke

CÉDRIC PESCIA

John Cage (1912–1992)

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Bagatelles, op. 119 for piano

John Cage

Interludes for prepared piano

John Cage

Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, op. 111

John Cage
4'33" for piano

Ludwig van Beethoven and John Cage broke all the rules with their compositions. But what happens when Beethoven comes up against 4'33". A venture that directly affects everyone in the concert hall – what happens when we are surrounded by minutes of silence? This matinee performance brings together the works of two composers who revolutionized piano music and technique down to the very struts and bracing of the instrument.

Pianist Cédric Pescia combines vitality, clarity and emotion with tremendous virtuosity in pieces ranging from the Renaissance to Schumann and New Music. He performs his wide-ranging repertoire in Europe's best-known concert halls and at international festivals including the Lucerne Festival, the Rheingau Musik Festival, and the International Piano Festival in Miami. Cédric Pescias' CD recordings also reflect the full range of his ability, from his highly-acclaimed interpretation of Bach's Goldberg Variations and works by Schumann, Couperin, Messiaen, Debussy, Beethoven, and Cage. In autumn 2017 he released a CD with works by Ernest Bloch; a recording of the Well-Tempered Clavier by Johann Sebastian Bach is planned for 2018.

The Swiss pianist with French roots studied in Lausanne, Geneva, and Berlin. In 2002 he won one of the most prestigious piano competitions in the world, the Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition in Salt Lake City (USA). He continued his education at the International Piano Academy Lake Como (Italy) under Dmitri Bashkirov, Leon Fleisher, William Grant Naboré, Andreas Staier and Fou Ts'ong.

Today Pescia teaches master classes in the US and Europe, including at the renowned Accademia Pianistica Internazionale "Incontri col Maestro" in Imola. He has been professor of piano at the Haute école de musique Genève – Neuchâtel since 2012. Pescia is also a founding member and the artistic director of the Lausanne chamber music series Ensemble enScène.