Philippe Cassard

French pianist and radio producer (born in 1962, Besançon)

Student at the Paris Conservatoire, Philippe Cassard got the first prizes in piano (class of Dominique Merlet) and chamber music (class of Geneviève Joy-Dutilleux) in 1982. He completed his training with Hans Graf for two years at the Vienna Hochschule für Musik then worked with the Russian pianist Nikita Magaloff. Finalist at the Clara Haskil competition in 1985, he won three years later the first prize of the International Piano competition in Dublin. A series of concerts in the company of the greatest European orchestras would follow: among them the London Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de France and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Capitole de Toulouse, the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra – and performed under the conducting of Sir Neville Marriner, Marek Janowski, Charles Dutoit, Pascal Tortelier, Armin Jordan, Vladimir Fedosseijev...

In 1993, Philippe Cassard played the complete Debussy’s work for piano in just one day and four recitals: he gave that cycle at the Festival de Besançon and at the London Wigmore Hall, then in Paris, Marseille, Lisbon, Dublin, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Liège, Toulouse and Vancouver.

His passion for chamber music, fed since his time at the conservatoire, gave birth to several collaborations with artists like Christa Ludwig, Natalie Dessay, Angelika Kirchschlager, Michel Portal, David Grimal, Anne Gastinel, the quartets Ebène and Modigliani.

In parallel to his pianistic career, Philippe Cassard published works on music, one essay about Franz Schubert (published at Actes Sud) and one book of interviews on cinema and music Deux temps trois mouvements published by Capricci. Producer with France Musique, he also has been handling since 2013 the classical programme at the festival de Fontdouce in Charente Maritime.

Seven landmark dates in the life of Philippe Cassard

1983: entered the Vienna Hochschule für Musik.
1985: first collaboration with Christa Ludwig.
1994: Grand Prix de l’Académie du Disque.
1999-2008: artistic direction for the Nuits Romantiques du Lac du Bourget.
2007: Prize SCAM for the “Meilleure œuvre sonore 2007”.
2008: started a series of master classes at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester
2015: on the 4th of July, last show of the Notes du traducteur on France Musique, after 432 shows and 10 seasons.

Radio France Documentation Biography, September 2015