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Alban Gerhardt and Cecile Licad, acclaimed as “a particularly fine duo, working emotionally in unison…breathing as one” (The Telegraph, London), return to Shriver Hall Concert Series for a program featuring solo Bach, early Beethoven, Debussy, and Franck’s luminous sonata.

“The calm authority and probing insight make [Gerhardt] one of the finest cellists around–expressive, unshowy, and infinitely classy.”—The Guardian

“A top-notch artist.” —The Daily Telegram (London) on Cecile Licad

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    Alban Gerhardt

    Born in 1969 in Berlin where his father was a violinist in the Berlin Philharmonic, Gerhardt demonstrated at the age of eight extraordinary musical talent on both piano and cello. Gerhardt's first public performance came on February 22, 1987, when he played the Haydn Cello Concerto No. 2 with the Berlin Philharmonic. In 1994, he won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions.

    Over the past decade, Alban Gerhardt  has established himself among the great cellists of our time. His sound is unmistakable, and he draws-in audiences with his combination of unerring musical instinct, intense emotionality, and a natural, riveting stage presence.   

    Gerhardt has now performed with more than 170 orchestras worldwide. North American appearances include the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the symphonies of Boston, Chicago, Fort Worth, Houston, National, New World/Miami, San Francisco, and Toronto. Internationally, he has performed with all of the major orchestras and conductors.

    Gerhardt’s collaborations with composers such as Brett Dean, Unsuk Chin, Osvaldo Golijov, Mathias Hinke, Matthias Pintscher, Peteris Vasks, and Jörg Widmann demonstrate his strong interest in enlarging the cello repertoire. Following his sensational debut of Unsuk Chin’s new cello concerto at the BBC Proms in 2009, he also premiered it with the Boston Symphony, Gurzenich Orchestra/Cologne, Residentie Orkest in Amsterdam, and the philharmonic orchestras of Seoul and Tampere. He also relishes rescuing lesser-known works from undeserved obscurity.

    An enthusiastic recitalist, Gerhardt plays regularly with colleagues such as Lisa Batiashvili, Thomas Larcher, Cecile Licad, Steven Osborne, Emmanuel Pahud, Arabella Steinbacher, Christian Tetzlaff, and Lars Vogt. He appears frequently at international festivals and in such celebrated venues such as London’s Wigmore Hall, the Berliner Philharmonie, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, and the Châtelet in Paris.

    Also a highly acclaimed recording artist, Alban Gerhardt has won three ECHO Classic Awards, most recently for his all-Reger double CD in 2009. Recent releases include a recital CD featuring sonatas by Chopin and Alkan with Steven Osborne and Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante and Concerto in E Minor with the Bergen Philharmonic under Andrew Litton.

    Gerhardt is passionately committed to finding new ways for both older and younger audiences to discover and experience classical music. A recent project has him playing Bach Cello Suites in supermarkets and other local venues prior to his performances. He performs on a magnificent cello made by the legendary Matteo Gofriller.

    “That there is wonderful music throughout the score [of Schumann's Cello Concerto] was triumphantly reaffirmed last night by . . . soloist Gerhardt, who played with sumptuous tone and keen musicianship. Indeed, Gerhardt is an artist tapered and immaculate, yet always songful.”The Washington Post

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    Cecile Licad

    Cecile Buencamino Licad-Meneses was born in 1961 in Manila to a musical family and began her piano studies at age three with her mother and at age seven made her debut as a soloist with the Philippine Philharmonic. At age twelve, she 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.

    Licad's artistry is a blend of daring musical instinct and superb training. Licad's large repertoire as an orchestral soloist spans the Classical works of Mozart and Beethoven, the Romantic literature of Brahms, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Schumann, and Rachmaninoff and the 20th century compositions of Debussy, Ravel, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Bartok.

    Recent performances include the Seattle Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, Tucson Symphony, and at the La Jolla Chamber Music and Eastern Music Festivals. In 2010-2011, she joined the Wynton Marsalis Septet performing the music of Gottschalk to accompany the feature film Louis, a silent film homage to Louis Armstrong which premiered at Chicago's Symphony Center and was also seen in other American cities. She also traveled to Russia to play the 1st Brahms Piano Concerto with the Moscow State Academy Symphony.

    In 2011-2012, she performed with Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra in the Brahms 1st concerto and in recital playing a Liszt/Chopin program, in recital at Xavier University in Cincinnati and on Boston's Gardner Museum Concerts series, and in Germany with cellist Alban Gerhardt, with whom she often collaborates in piano/cello recitals. The Louis project was also repeated with two performances at London's Barbican Hall followed by a recording of the live music.

    Licad has performed with all the important American, European, and Asian orchestras.  She has performed recitals with Murray Perahia, Peter Serkin, and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, with whom she has appeared at Lincoln Center, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, and the Kennedy Center. She appeared as soloist in the Steinway Piano Sesquicentennial Celebration at Carnegie Hall, performing six Rachmaninoff songs with tenor Ben Heppner, and has made television appearances with Mstislav Rostropovich.

    As a highly regarded chamber musician, she has performed regularly with ensembles such as the New York Chamber Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Guarneri Quartet, Takács Quartet, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Music from Marlboro. She also appeared as guest soloist on tour with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in Leipzig, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, and Cologne.

    Licad has recorded works by Ravel, Gottschalk, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, and Chopin. Her recording of the Saint-Saens Concerto No. 2, with André Previn was awarded a Grand Prix du Disque. She is one of the youngest musicians to receive the prestigious Leventritt Gold Medal.

    “a pianist's pianist, her artistry, a blend of daring musical instinct and superb training"—The New Yorker

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Suite for Solo Cello in C minor, BWV 1011

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 5, No. 2

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Sonata for Cello and Piano

César Franck (1822-1890)

Sonata for Cello and Piano in A major (arr. Alban Gerhardt)

Program Subject to Change Without Notice