French pianist Philippe Cassard rose to international prominence in 1985 when he performed in recital with Christa Ludwig in Paris and won the Clara Haskil Competition. He won first prize in the 1988 AXA Dublin International Piano Competition, which led to appearances as a concerto soloist with many orchestras. He has played with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, among others, and collaborated with many leading conductors, such as Neville Marriner, Jeffrey Tate, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Raymond Leppard, Charles Dutoit, Marek Janowski, Emmanuel Krivine, and Thierry Fischer. Cassard's large repertoire also includes chamber works and vocal music, and he has performed with Donna Brown, Wolfgang Holzmair, Anne Gastinel, David Grimal, the Chilingirian Quartet, and the Ysaÿe Quartet. Cassard is the exclusive accompanist for soprano Natalie Dessay, with whom he has performed songs by Debussy, Poulenc, Fauré, Duparc, and Chausson. Cassard is the artistic director of the Nuits Romantiques du Lac du Bourget Festival, and he is a regular performer on France Musique Radio. He has recorded for Sony Classical, Decca, Erato, Ambroisie, and other labels.