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 Piano Competition; three years
later, he won first prize at the Dublin International Piano Competition.
Mr. Cassard has performed as soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, City of
Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Orchestre
National de France, and many more. He regularly visits China, Australia, South America, and
Canada, and has worked with many conductors, including Sir Neville Marriner, Jeffrey Tate,
Vladimir Fedoseyev, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Raymond Leppard, Charles Dutoit, Armin Jordan,
Marek Janowski, Emmanuel Krivine, and Thierry Fischer.
Mr. Cassard's performance of the complete piano works of Debussy (four recitals in a
single day)-presented in London (Wigmore Hall), Dublin, Paris, Lisbon, Sydney, Singapore,
and Tokyo-received extremely enthusiastic press and media coverage. Released by Decca, the
collection was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque in 1994.
Mr. Cassard also performs a large repertoire of chamber music, and has appeared with such
artists as Angelika Kirchschlager, Wolfgang Holzmair, Cédric Pescia, Paul Meyer, David
Grimal, Anne Gastinel, Matt Haimovitz, and Isabelle Faust; as well as with the Ebène,
Modigliani, Takács, Auryn, Vanbrugh, Danish, and Chilingirian string quartets.
His recording of Schumann's Humoreske and Fantasiestücke was
named Editor's Choice by Gramophone. Mr. Cassard's other releases (Schubert's
Impromptus and Brahms's Klavierstücke, Op. 116-119) have been received very
warmly. His recent Schubert recording (including the Piano Sonata in
A Major, D. 959, and four-hands piano music) with Swiss pianist Cédric Pescia for La Dolce
Volta was awarded Classica's 2014 Choc de l'année.
Mr. Cassard served as artistic director of the Nuits Romantiques du Lac du Bourget
festival from 1999 to 2008. Since 2005, he has presented more than 400 live programs
dedicated to piano interpretation on France Musique radio. He has written an essay on
Schubert, and a book on cinema and music.