"In command of a great musical gift"
"his Schubert put us just about as close to Heaven as any Swiss Alp can get"
- Sarah Batschelet on Bachtrack.com
Award-winning pianist Frederic Bager performs in venues across the UK, Switzerland and other countries. He is a beneficiary of the Kulturprozent artists promotion programme of the Swiss retail company Migros, and was resident artist at the Davos Festival 2018, Switzerland. He is the Hodgson Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music for the year 2018-19.
Frederic recently received a Master of Arts (First Class) from the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studied with Ian Fountain. At the Academy, Frederic won a multitude of awards including the Sterndale Bennett Prize for his interpretation of Schumann and Chopin, the Lloyd Hartley Prize for Postgraduate Pianists, the Walter MacFarren Prize for Piano, the Sterndale Bennett Scholarship, the Winifred Christie Trust Award and the Miriam Duncan Scholarship. In May 2018 he participated in a masterlcass by Richard Goode at Wigmore Hall, London.
A student of Andrew Ball and scholar at the Royal College of Music, London, he completed his studies there in July 2016 with a First Class Bachelor of Music and, for his interpretation of Beethoven, he received the Kendall Taylor Prize.
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, England. In 2009 he performed Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Wells Cathedral School Chamber Orchestra at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel in Greenwich, and then on tour of China and Hong Kong.
In 2010 he won the Moray Piano Competition in Elgin, Scotland, and was Keyboard Finalist in the BBC Young Musician competition, broadcast on BBC Four television.
Always interested in bringing music to new audiences, in 2013 Frederic embarked on a tour of India offering chamber and solo piano music to enthusiastic audiences in Bombay, Goa, Calcutta, Bangalore and Pune.
Aside from his main vocation as soloist, Frederic also performs as accompanist and chamber musician. Whilst at the Royal College of Music he was chosen to take part in a weekend of masterclasses and concerts on Schubert Lieder given by the celebrated accompanist Roger Vignoles. He pursues his interest in song, notably accompanying Dame Felicity Lott in late 2016. Frederic also has experience as orchestral pianist, recently performing with the Neues Orchester Basel and Christian Knüsel in Hindemith's music for the silent film "Im Kampf mit dem Berge".
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.