Workshop John Cage

Nicasio Gradaille - piano

Over the past decades, Cage has proven himself to be one of the greatest innovators of classical music, radically changing our musical concept. On 5 December, students will dedicate themselves to works by Cage, who is also known for his unconventional use of instruments. All this will be led by renowned pianist Nicasio Gradaille.

Born in Galica, Spain, Nicasio focusses his interest in the piano music of the 20th and 21st centuries.

After studying in a Coruña Conservatory (Natalia Lamas) and Vilaseca, Tarragona (Cecilio Tieles) from 1990 to 1995 he was pupil of Peter Efler in the Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel, Switzerland, where he received the Konzertreifediplom (Performance Diplom). He won the International Piano Competition “Xabier Montsalvatge”, Girona, for 20th Century piano music, and the National Piano Competition “Gregorio Baudot”, Ferrol, where he was awarded the Premio Galicia, for the best performance of a piece by a Galician Composer.

He recorded the Sonatas and Interludes of John Cage for the Radio Galega, organized the I John Cage Festival at Museum of Modern Art (MARCO), Vigo and completed his PhD (on John Cage´s Solo for Piano) at the University of Vigo under the direction of Mercedes Suárez, Pedro Membiela and Nancy Lee Harper).In 2005 he attended the Stockhausen Courses in Kuerten, Germany. In 2009 he worked with Margaret Leng Tan on the Concerto for Prepred Paino and Chamber Orchestra by Cage.

5 December 19.00 Public presentation “How to prepare the piano” and concert John Cage: Sonatas and Interludes
6 December 10.00 lecture & workshop ‘The Piano Music of Cage’
7 December 10.00 workshop ‘The Piano Music of Cage’ and students concert

Classical Department