Christopher Lecian - cello

Christopher Lecian - cello

 

The Czech violoncellist Christopher Lecian studied at the Conservatory of Prague under Professor František Pišinger (member of the Dvořák Quartet). After taking several courses under Professor Yvan Chiffoleau and following seminars given by Lynn Harrell, he has been studying since 1995 at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague under Professor Miloš Sádlo. He had by then already achieved success in various competition for interpreters.

He possesses the necessary prerequisites for this instrument to an extraordinary extent: Professor Miloš Sádlo considers him to be the greatest talent he has ever taught. Lecian has already mastered an extensive range of solo works by Bloch, Dvořák, Haydn, Elgar, Lalo, Martinů, Paganini, Schumann, Saint-Saëns and Tchaikowsky. His repertoire includes other most demanding compositions: Bach's Suites, Sonatas by Beethoven, Boccherini, Brahms, Debussy, Franck, Kodály, Locatelli, Shostakovich, variations by Martinů and many others.

Therefore, he is now orientating himself towards exceptionally difficult transcriptions for violoncello of brilliant compositions for violin. Among other works, he has already worked on seven virtuoso compositions by Niccoló Paganini, including one that is generally regarded as technically the most demanding work for violin: 24 Caprices for Violin Solo. Lecian performed the whole of this cycle in what is so far as we know a world premiere in Prague, 18th of June 1996. Lecian's interpretation is based on Silva's arrangement, but he does not keep to it strictly: in some place where Silva simplifies or transposes because of the more limited technical possibilities of the violoncello, Lecian returns to Paganini's violin original or to the original keys.

Christopher's performance of this cycle brings together the challenges for string instruments both current in Paganini's time as well as those of his own invention going beyond all usual bounds, his violoncello playing is harnessed to truly romantic musical imagination of grace and changing mood. Lecian's other world premieres are equally amazing as he keeps strictly to the original notes of the same tonalities and tempos.

 

Christopher Lecian - cello