frederic bager

Pianist

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Frederic Bager is a laureate of the Pour-cent Culturel Migros. In addition to offering him scholarships, this prize has supported his concerts in Switzerland for several years and has allowed him to perform in prestigious venues. In 2018, he played Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 with the OSUL under the direction of Hervé Klopfenstein in Lausanne (Métropole room), and in 2019 Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Swiss Philharmonic Academy in Berlin (Great Hall of the Philharmonie), Cologne (Philharmonie), London (St John's Smith Square), Lausanne (Salle Paderewski), Bern (Französische Kirche) and Zurich (St. Peterskirche), then at the end of the year the Totentanz of Liszt with the Orchester Symphonique Genevois conducted by Hervé Klopfenstein in Geneva (Victoria Hall).

 

Among his other recent appearances: several solo concerts and chamber music at the Davos Festival (August 2018 and August 2019, re-invited in 2020), as well as numerous recitals throughout Switzerland, and on RTS Espace 2. In England , Frederic notably performed in Bristol (Colston Hall) and London (St James Piccadilly and Wigmore Hall in a masterclass by Richard Goode).

 

His first CD, Dawnsong, was released in London in 2019 under the Sheva label. It includes works by Robert and Clara Schumann, Johannes Brahms and Alban Berg.

 

Frederic is also active in chamber music. Passionate about accompanying singers, he received advice from the famous accompanist Roger Vignoles. He has performed with cellist Constantin Macherel on Espace 2 in the Tribune des Jeunes Musiciens and his recent contributions to the Davos Festival 2019 include Boulez's Sonatine with flautist Jaymee Coonjobeeharry, as well as Schoenberg's Ode to Napoleon.

 

In summer 2018, Frederic Bager received his Master of Arts with Distinction at the Royal Academy of Music in London in the class of Ian Fountain. The institution awarded him the Sterndale Bennett Prize for his interpretation of Schumann and Chopin, as well as the DipRAM title for his outstanding graduation recital. He was named Hodgson Fellow, an honorary prize inviting him to participate in the life of the institution during the year 2018-19.

Previously he had obtained the Bachelor of Music with First Class mention at the Royal College of Music in London in 2016, in the class of Andrew Ball, where he had received the Kendall Taylor Prize for his interpretation of Beethoven.

 

Born in 1991 in London, Frederic Bager spent his childhood in French-speaking Switzerland. He started playing the piano at a very young age with the support of several private teachers before joining the Lausanne Conservatory and then that of Geneva. In 2005 he received a 1st Prize at the Swiss Youth Music Competition. From 2007 he continued his education at Wells Cathedral School in England, where he studied piano with John Byrne. During this period he performed Grieg's Concerto in China and Hong Kong, and in 2010 he was winner of the Moray Piano Competition and finalist in the keyboard category of the BBC Young Musician competition.