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Cecile Licad : biography

May 11, 1961 -

Cecile Licad (b. May 11, 1961) is a renowned Filipina virtuoso classical pianist dubbed as "a pianist's pianist" by The New Yorker, "her artistry, a blend of daring musical instinct and superb training." at Barrett Vantage Artists.


Cecile Buencamino Licad was born in Manila, Philippines to a musical family, she began her piano studies at the age of three from her mother, Rosario Licad. She later studied with the highly regarded Rosario Picazo, and by the age of seven, made her debut as a soloist with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra.

At the age of twelve, Cecile moved to the United States to study at the Curtis Institute of Music with three of the greatest performers/pedagogues: Rudolf Serkin, Seymour Lipkin and Mieczyslaw Horszowski. in Classical Archives.


  1. Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, in A minor Op.43 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Claudio Abbado conducting from CBS Masterworks Records (1984).
  2. Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 and Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2 with André Previn conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra from CBS Masterworks.
  3. Schumann's Carnaval, Papillons and Toccata in C Major from Sony Classical (1990).
  4. Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in A minor ('In Memory of a Great Artist'), Op. 50 and Brahms Trio for horn (or viola or cello), violin & piano in E flat major, Op. 40 with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Antonio Meneses and John Cerminaro from EMI (1994). Audiophile Audition. Retrieved on 2010-10-23.
  5. Cecile Licad Performs Chopin for Music Masters (1995).
  6. Franck & Brahms Sonatas: Salerno-Sonnenberg Licad with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg for EMI.
  7. Complete Beethoven Edition, Vol. 14: Misc. Chamber Works for Deutsche Grammophon (1997). Cecile with Patrick Gallois on flute performing Beethoven's Six National Airs with Variations for Flute and Piano, Op. 105 and Ten National Airs with Variations for Flute and Piano, Op. 107.
  8. Ravel: Piano Works from Musical Heritage Society (1998).
  9. Summerfest La Jolla 1998 from La Jolla Chamber Music Society (1998).
  10. Marlboro Music Festival 50th Anniversary Album from Bridge Records (2001). Cecile with Mieczyslaw Horszowski performing Beethoven's Three Marches for Piano, 4 hands, Op. 45. Amazon. Retrieved on 2010-10-24.
  11. Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival: Haydn Guitar Quartet in D Major; Korngold Piano Quintet from Koch Classics (2002). Cecile with Arnold Steinhardt, Benny Kim and Eric Kim performing Korngold's Piano Quintet in E Major, Op. 15.
  12. Louis Moreau Gottschalk: Piano Music from Naxos (2003).. Cecile Licad Recordings-Barrett Vantage Artists. Retrieved on 2010-11-23.
  13. Casals Encores from Hyperion Records (2011) with Cecile accompanying cellist Alban Gerhardt in an album of favorite encore pieces of Pablo Casals.. Amazon. Retrieved on 2011-08-02.


Cecile Licad's repertoire as a solo performer and an orchestral soloist ranges from the classical repertoire of Mozart and Beethoven to the Romantic literature of Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Schumann and Rachmaninoff to the modern works of Debussy, Ravel, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Bartók.



Licad has appeared with orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Children's Orchestra,and the orchestras of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Phoenix and Vancouver.

Her summer festival appearances have included Tanglewood, the International Music Festival of Seattle, Marlboro Music Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival (in both New York and Tokyo), the Eastern Music Festival (Greensboro, NC) and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. In Europe she has played with the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra, and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; in Asia, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo’s NHK Symphony Orchestra and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra.

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