Award-winning pianist Frederic Bager performs in venues across the UK, Switzerland and other countries. He receives the generous support of Migros Kulturprozent (Switzerland), which has led to high-profile appearances including residencies at the Davos Festival 2018 and 2019 as well as performances of both Brahms piano concertos with orchestras from the universities of Lausanne, Berne and Zurich, in venues such as the Great Hall of the Berlin Philharmonie, the Cologne Philharmonie, St John’s Smith Square London, as well as in Lausanne (Salle Métropole and Salle Paderewski), Berne (French Church) and Zurich (St. Peter). Other recent appearances include St James’ Piccadilly (London), Colston Hall (Bristol), Palanga Kurhaus (Lithuania) and Weekend Musical de Pully (Switzerland).
Frederic studied with Andrew Ball at the Royal College of Music, graduating in 2016 with a Bachelor of Music (First Class honours) and receiving the Kendall Taylor Prize. In 2018, Frederic received a Master of Arts (Distinction) from the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with Ian Fountain and received the Sterndale Bennett Prize. He was awarded a DipRAM for an outstanding final recital and was the Hodgson Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music for the year 2018-19.
Born in London in 1991, Frederic grew up in Switzerland. He began playing the piano at an early age, first studying privately, then at the Lausanne and Geneva conservatories. In 2007 Frederic was awarded a scholarship to study with John Byrne at Wells Cathedral School (Somerset – UK). In 2009 he performed Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the school chamber orchestra on a tour of China and Hong Kong. He was Keyboard Finalist in the BBC Young Musician 2010 competition, broadcast on BBC Four television.
Always interested in bringing music to new audiences, in 2013 Frederic embarked on a tour of India with his musical family, performing in Bombay, Goa, Calcutta, Bangalore and Pune. Frederic returned to India in 2018 with cellist George Cooke, this time also appearing on television in Bangladesh.
Aside from his main vocation as soloist, Frederic performs as chamber musician and accompanist, studying the Lieder repertoire with Roger Vignoles. Frederic has formed successful duos with emerging artists, such as flautist Jaymee Coonjobeeharry, violinist William Dutton, and cellist Constantin Macherel with whom, in January 2017, he gave a live concert of 20th century works for the Swiss radio channel Espace 2.
Upcoming appearances this autumn include a recital at the Weekend Musical d’Ollon (broadcast on Espace 2 radio), and Liszt’s Totentanz with Orchestre Symphonique Genevois conducted by Hervé Klopfenstein in Victoria Hall, Geneva.