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Philippe Cassard

Philippe Cassard has established an international reputation as concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician since giving a joint recital with Christa Ludwig in Paris in 1985. The same year he was finalist at the Clara Haskil Competition and in 1988 he won the first prize in the GPA Dublin International Piano Competition.

His concerto appearances include performances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the Orchestre National de France, the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre Philharmoique de Liège. He has worked with many conductors including Jeffrey Tate, Bryden Thomson, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Raymond Leppard, Charles Dutoit, Sir Alexander Gibson, Marek Janowski, Emmanuel Krivine, Moshe Atzmon, Thierry Fischer and Gerhard Markson.

He has recorded the complete piano works of Debussy, and for the third volume he was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque Français. He has also recorded three discs of Fauré and Debussy songs with the French soprano Véronique Dietschy, piano quartets by Beethoven, two discs of works by Schubert a waltz recital disc entitled ‘Soirées de Vienne’, and Ravel’s Piano Concertos with the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra. For Deutsche Grammophon he has recorded works for cello and piano with Matt Haimovitz. Recent releases include Schubert’s Sonatas in B flat and A major, Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, Kinderszenen and Grande Humeoresque, a song recital on Victor Hugo’s poems with the soprano Marie Devellereau, and ‘Music for a Movie’ all for Ambroise, and Jean Francaix’s Concertino with the Ulster Orchestra for Hyperion Records.

His performance of the complete piano works of Debussy in four recitals in a single day was first given at the Festival de Besançon and the Wigmore Hall in London and received extremely enthusiastic press and media coverage. He has since performed the cycle in Dublin, Paris, Marseilles, Lisbon, Sydney, Tokyo and Singapore. In 2000 he was an International Artist-in-Residence at the Bath Festival, and other festival appearances include Stresa, Ludwigsburg, Kuhmo and Montreux. He is the Founder and Co Artistic Director of the Estivales de Gerberoy, and Artistic Director of the Festival des Nuits Romantiques du Lac du Bourget.

He also dedicates time to chamber music and he has performed with Julian Rachlin, Raphaël Oleg, Laurent Korcia, Isabelle Van Keulen, and the Chilingirian, Lindsay, Takacs and Ysaye Quartets. He also works with the baritone Wolfgang Holzmair, and the sopranos Donna Brown and Marie Devellereau with whom he toured China and Malaysia.

Philippe Cassard studied with Dominique Merlet and Geneviève Joy-Dutilleux at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where he was awarded first prize in piano and in chamber music. He then studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna with Hans Graf and Erik Werba. He also studied with Nikita Magaloff, and attended master classes with Leon Fleisher.