Frederic Bager is a beneficiary of the Migros Kulturprozent artists promotion programme, which supports his musical studies as well as his concerts in Switzerland. In Spring 2019 he played Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Swiss Philharmonic Academy and Martin Studer on tour, performing in London (St John’s Smith Square), Berlin (Philharmonie), Cologne (Philharmonie), Lausanne (Salle Paderewski), Berne (Französische Kirche) and Zurich (Kirche St Peter). Other recent appearances include, in Switzerland: Salle Métropole Lausanne (Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 with OSUL and Hervé Klopfenstein), Salle Farel Biel/Bienne, Maison Blanche La Chaux-de-Fonds and La Prairie Foundation Bellmund; in the UK: Colston Hall Bristol, St James Piccadilly and Richard Goode masterclass at Wigmore Hall, London.
Born in London in 1991, Frederic Bager grew up in Switzerland. He began playing the piano at an early age, first studying privately, then at the Lausanne and Geneva conservatories. In 2005 he received a First Prize at the Swiss Young Musicians’ Competition. In 2007 Frederic Bager was awarded a scholarship to Wells Cathedral School, England, where he studied with John Byrne. In 2009 he performed Grieg’s Piano Concerto on tour of China and Hong Kong, and in 2010 he was keyboard finalist in the BBC Young Musician competition.
He studied with Ian Fountain at the Royal Academy of Music in London, receiving a Masters degree with Distinction in 2018. He received the Sterndale Bennett Prize from the Academy along with a DipRAM for an exceptional final recital, and was subsequently named Hodgson Fellow. Previously, he studied with Andrew Ball at the Royal College of Music, graduating in 2016 with a First Class Bachelor of Music.
Frederic Bager is a versatile chamber musician. He pursues an interest in song, regularly studying with the celebrated song accompanist Roger Vignoles. He accompanied Dame Felicity Lott in 2016. Frederic Bager has formed successful duos with emerging artists such as flautist Jaymee Coonjobeeharry (also invited to Davos Festival 2019) as well as cellist Constantin Macherel with whom he performed for the Tribune des Jeunes Musiciens series on the Swiss radio channel Espace 2.
Photo: Céline Michel