Cédric Pescia, born in Lausanne, studied with Christian Favre in Lausanne, later with Dominique Merlet in Geneva and with Klaus Hellwig in Berlin. He continued his education at the "International Piano Academy" at Lake Como (Italy) as student of Dimitri Bashkirov, Leon Fleisher, William Grant Naboré, Menahem Pressler, Andreas Staier and Fou Ts'ong. Furthermore the young pianist got impulses from Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Daniel Barenboim, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Ivan Klánsky, Christian Zacharias, and the Alban Berg Quartet.
In 2002, he won one of the most prestigious competitions of the world, the Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition" in Salt Lake City, in which more than 500 pianists from 40 countries took part.
Cédric Pescia performed in numerous European countries, in South America, and in the USA. He has solo performances at the Berlin Philharmonic, the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Hamburg Musikhalle, Tonhalle Zurich, Carnegie Hall New York, and Wigmore Hall London, among others. He has appeared in international music festivals such as Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Busoni Festival Bolzano, Festival de Radio France in Montpellier, Festival Chopin à Bagatelle, Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, Schubertiade Hohenems, Festival d'Été de Bordeaux, and Les Muséiques Basel.
Cédric Pescia appeared in Hamburg (Bechstein), Paris (Radio France), Antwerp (de Single), Zurich (Tonhalle), Prague (Prague Spring), Lausanne, Berlin (Young Euro Classic), Cologne, Salzburg (Mozarteum), Lucerne (Festival), Rheingau Musik Festival as well as at Radio Bremen and the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, in Stuttgart (Liederhalle), Zurich, Cologne (Philharmonie), Berlin (Konzerthaus), and Vienna (Konzerthaus).
As soloist he worked with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Utah Symphony, the Festival Strings of Luzern, the Klassische Philharmonie Bonn, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, and the Ensemble Oriol Berlin. Recently he performend Mozart's Piano Concerto No.17 with the Orchestre de Lille (L. Zagrosek).
His Debut-CD with Bach's Goldberg Variations (Claves Records) and his recordings with works by Schumann and Beethoven (Claves Records) received plenty of acclaim and appeal from the press. For the same label were recorded works by Couperin, Debussy and Messiaen followed by a duo recording devoted to the works by Busoni and Enesco with Nurit Stark (violin). Recently Claves Records released a recording of works by Robert Schumann. The latest recordings are dedicated to John Cage (Aeon) and Messiaen (Genuin).
In 2012 Cédric Pescia was appointed professor for piano at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève.
The Duo Pescia/ Stark is supported by the Forberg-Schneider Foundation.