CECILIA STRING QUARTET
Taking their name from St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music, the Cecilia String Quartet was formed in Toronto in October 2004. They currently reside in Toronto where they are Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music.
Hailed for their “powerful” (Chicago Sun-Times) and “dauntingly perfect” (Berliner Zeitung) performances, the CSQ perform for leading presenters in North America and Europe. Past engagements include performances at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus, Northwestern University in Illinois, Buffalo Chamber Music Society, and London’s Wigmore Hall. Their live concert recordings have been broadcast on more than a dozen international public radio networks, including Australia (ABC Classical FM), Canada (CBC/SRC), the United States (WQXR), England (BBC Radio 3), and Germany (DeutschlandRadio). Prize-winners at several international competitions, including Osaka (2008) and Bordeaux (2010), they were awarded First Prize at the 2010 Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC), where they also won the prize for the best performance of the commissioned work.
Cédric Pescia, in Lausanne geboren, mit schweizer und französischer Abstammung, studierte bei Christian Favre (Konservatorium in Lausanne), bei Dominique Merlet (Konservatorium in Genf) und an der Universität der Künste Berlin in der Klasse von Klaus Hellwig.
Davon abgesehen erhielt der junge Pianist Impulse von Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Henri Barda, Daniel Barenboim, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Irwin Gage, Ivan Klánský, Christian Zacharias, Ilan Gronich und vom Alban Berg Quartett. Von 2003 bis 2006 setzte er seine Ausbildung bei der "International Piano Foundation" am Comersee (Italien) als Schüler von Dimitri Bashkirov, Leon Fleisher, William Grant Naboré, Andreas Staier und Fou T´song fort.
The Trio Jean Paul, founded in 1991, is one of today’s most distinguished chamber music ensembles and a popular guest at the international concert venues.
Among the highlights of the latest seasons were concerts at concert house Vienna, at “Philharmonie” Berlin and Cologne, at “Palais des Beaux Arts” Brussels, at “Glocke” Bremen, “Wigmore Hall” London, “Tonhalle” Zurich and “Laeiszhalle” Hamburg as well as at the renowned Sociedad Filarmónica in Bilbao, Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon and Liceo de Cámara in Madrid. Concerts in Los Angeles, Dallas, Boston, New York, Vancouver, Quebec and Montreal marked their last tours of the US and Canada.
After First Prizes at the international competitions in Osaka (1993), Melbourne (1995), and at the German Music Competition, an extensive concert career has developed which has led the ensemble on a regular basis to major musical centers such as New York, London, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, and Brussels, as well as on tours to Australia, Japan, New Zealand, South-America, and the USA. Master classes and performances at international festivals (e. g. Schleswig- Holstein, Kissinger Sommer, Ludwigsburger Festspiele, Schubertiade Feldkirch, Rheingau Festival, Lucerne Festival, Kuhmo, Edinburgh Festival). Regular cooperation with musicians like Sharon Kam, Nobuko Imai, Paul Meyer, Lars Anders Tomter and Vladimir Mendelssohn adds to the multifarious artistic work of the Trio.