Music of the Americas presents
Venezuelan-American pianist Vanessa Perez
Featuring works by Manuel de Falla and Debussy, in celebration of her latest CD on the Steinway label, Spain.
Date: January 28th, 2015, 7pm
Address: Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue, New York, NY
Admission: FREE for AS and YPA Members; $20 for non-members. No additional fees will be charged when purchasing online. $10 tickets will be available for purchase at the door for students and seniors with ID.
About the artist
Vanessa Perez was raised in Venezuela, where she began her studies in Caracas at Colegio Emil Friedman with Luminita Duca. In the United States, she studied with Claudio Arrau pupils Ena Bronstein and Rosalina Sackstein. At 17, she won a full scholarship for London’s Royal Academy of Music to study with Christopher Elton. She continued her studies with pianists Lazar Berman and Franco Scala at the Accademia Pianistica Incontri Col Maestro (Italy) and completed post-graduate studies with Peter Frankl at Yale University and pianist Daniel Epstein in New York City. Perez made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2004, but her NYC debut was in fact at the downtown jazz shrine of the Blue Note, where Latin jazz star Arturo Sandoval had her perform Sureña, a piece laced with Venezuelan folk melodies. Beyond traditional classical concert performances, Perez has also collaborated in concert with José Limón Dance Company on the choreographer’s Mazurkas (2014).
Perez has developed an international profile, performing in prestigious venues across the United States, Latin America, and Europe. She has performed alongside such renowned artists as pianist Ingrid Fliter, cellist Jan Vogler, violinist Colin Jacobsen, and conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, John Axelrod, Enrique Batiz, Gustav Meier, James Judd, David Gimenez Carreras, and Diego Matheuz. At age 11, she was invited to Caracas for her solo debut performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Orquesta Sinfonica Municipal under Carlos Riazuelo. Since her concerto debut, Perez has performed internationally in concert halls and festivals, known for her rich musicality and alluring stage personality. “To watch Perez play is an amazing show in itself…Each phrase finishes in something similar to a caress of the keyboard, in a fast or slow gesture as suggested by the music’s momentum but always harmonious and beautiful” (El Clarin).
Recent performance highlights include the International Keyboard Institute & Festival in New York, the Gilmore international Keyboard Festival, and a collaboration with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra under John Axelrod in Germany to concerts with the Orquesta de la Juventud Simon Bolivar under Dudamel and the Teresa Carreno Youth orchestra under Nikolaj Znaider in Caracas, and at the Casals Festival under Diego Matheuz in Puerto Rico. A frequent performer throughout the Americas, Perez has performed in the cultural capitals of Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, Peru, and Argentina (Teatro Colón); in Europe, in venues such as the Palau de la Música (Barcelona), the Montpellier Festival (France), Beethoven-Haus (Germany), Wigmore Hall (London), and Stadhuis (Belgium). Actively involved in contemporary music, Perez has collaborated with and performed works by such composers as Paul Moravec, Lowell Liebermann, Suzanne Farrin, and Paul Desenne.
Perez’s recordings have been featured on WQXR (New York), WFMT (Chicago), and WGBG (Boston), among others. Most recently she performed on Minnesota Public Radio, Texas Public Radio, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and American Public Media’s “Performance Today.” Perez is a Steinway Artist.
For tickets and information click here: http://www.as-coa.org/events/vanessa-perez-spain
Photo by: Maria Grazia Facciola