(2019) GREGORIO ZANON: WORKS FOR SOLO PIANO
JOURNEY TO THE END OF FREEDOM
It’s been twenty years since the first public performance of Gregorio Zanon’s music. It was in 1999, in Geneva. The pianist Xavier Dami, who had encouraged Zanon’s early attempts at composition and helped him understand the expressive resources of the instrument, was at the piano performing Prayer Suite.
Seven years later, a first album was released by Claves. This snapshot of an initial creative period brought together musicians who were essential in helping the composer develop his artistic personality : the Quatuor Terpsycordes and cellist Mark Drobinsky (CD 50-2606).
This new recording traces the history of the composer’s piano works through his meetings with the Swiss pianist Cédric Pescia. They share this double album, which bears witness to the impression of time on a free spirit who, instead of advancing along the ruts in the road of tradition, takes inspired risks to reveal himself to his interpreters and listeners.
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“Even if the dance is simple and honest, the dancers’ personalities remain subtle.” - Gregorio Zanon
“Hearing Gregorio play - live ! - his music was an extraordinary discovery.” - Cédric Pescia
Cédric Pescia, pianist of dual French and Swiss nationality, was born in Lausanne. He studied with Christian Favre at the Conservatoire de Musique in Lausanne, later with Dominique Merlet at the Conservatoire de Musique in Geneva where he earned a Premier Prix de Virtuosité with honors and completed his studies with Klaus Hellwig at the Universität der Künste in Berlin.
In addition he has studied with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Daniel Barenboim, Henri Barda, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Ivan Klansky, Christian Zacharias, Ilan Gronich and with the Alban Berg Quartet. From 2003 until 2006 he was invited to attend the famous International Piano Academy, Lake Como (Italy) where he worked with Dmitri Bashkirov, Leon Fleisher, William Grant Naboré, Menahem Pressler, Andreas Staier and Fou Ts´ong.
Cédric Pescia was the brilliant First Prize Winner (Gold Medalist) at the 2002 Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition in Salt Lake City (USA).
Concert tours have taken him throughout Europe, China, South America, North Africa and in the USA. He has performed at the Berlin Philharmonie, the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Hamburg Laieszhalle, the Mozarteum Salzburg, Carnegie Hall New York, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, Wigmore Hall London, Tonhalle Zürich, Vienna Konzerthaus and has appeared in leading music festivals such as : Prague Spring Festival, Lucerne Festival, Menuhin Festival-Gstaad, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, Davos Festival, Festival de Radio France et Montpellier, Les Muséiques Basel and Schubertiade Hohenems.
His orchestral appearances have been with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, the Utah Symphony, the Festival Strings of Luzern, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Ensemble Oriol Berlin, the Klassische Philharmonie Bonn, the Camerata Bern, the Basler Kammerorchester, the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, the Göttinger Symphonie Orchester and the Orchestre National de Lille.
In addition to his activities as a soloist, his love for chamber music regularly leads to performances with other eminent musicians. For many years Cédric Pescia has been working in close collaboration with violinist Nurit Stark.
He is founding member and artistic director of the Lausanne chamber music series Ensemble enScène. In 2005 and 2007 he served as a jury member in the Clara Haskil Competition in Vevey.
He is giving master classes in the USA and in Europe, a.o. at the prestigious Accademia Pianistica Internazionale « Incontri col Maestro » in Imola, Italy. In 2012 he was appointed professor for piano at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève. In 2007, Cédric Pescia was honoured with the Prix Musique de la Fondation Vaudoise pour la culture. He was also a prizewinner at the Bourse de la Fondation Leenaards in Lausanne. The duo Nurit Stark (violin) and Cédric Pescia is supported by the Forberg-Schneider Foundation.