February 11th, 2005
2443 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington DC, 20016
Friday 11th 7:00 PM: Vanessa Pérez in piano concert
Venezuelan-American pianist Vanessa Perez has already been recognized as a "virtuosa" of the keyboard, endowed with an extraordinary interpretative power that captivates audiences.
She began her studies at the age of seven. Since the age of eight, she has appeared in solo recitals and with orchestras in concert halls around the world.
Legendary pianist Claudio Arrau heard Ms. Perez during her youth, and described her as "a pianist whose technique, musicality, and intelligent approach to the music she plays made a profound impression on me. It is not possible to find a young artist today better equipped with all of the necessary qualities that my school of pianists requires from a performer."
At the age of 11, she gave her official debut in Caracas, Venezuela, playing the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Orquesta Sinfonica Municipal conducted by Carlos Riazuelo in front of an audience of 2500 people.
After winning top prizes at numerous young artist competitions in South America, the United States and Europe, Ms. Perez continued performing in concert halls and festivals throughout the world including the Montpellier Festival - Radio France; Schauspielhaus, Berlin; Kammermusiksaal - Beethoven-Haus, Bonn; Festival Settembre Musica, Turin; Societa Dei Concerti, Milan; Schubertiade at Sotheby’s in London; Keyboard Concerts Series, Fresno; Gothic Hall in Brussels; Rios Reina in Caracas; Luis Angel Arango in Bogota; Wertheim Performing Arts Center Concert Hall, Miami; and the Governor's Palace in Gibraltar.
Ms Perez has also performed with prestigious orchestras such as the Berliner Symphoniker with whom she recorded a CD of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, and in October 2001, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 in d minor (K466) together with the Venezuelan conductor Eduardo Marturet. She also toured with the Berliner Symphoniker in their 2001 Latin American Tour performing as guest soloist in The Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires; in Montevideo-Uruguay, and in Monterrey-Mexico. Other orchestras with whom she has performed as soloist are L'Orchestra "Pro Arte" Marche in Italy, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Maracaibo, the Orquesta Filarmonica de Venezuela, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Venezuela and the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra in London.
In chamber music collaborations, she has performed at the Wigmore Hall, London; Schnitke Festival at the RAM , London; and Montpellier Festival, France; she has also collaborated with renowned Spanish Soprano Isabel Rey and have performed together at the Opernhaus, Zurich; Dresdner Musik Festspiele , Dresden; and for the Lirica privanza's 3er Cicle d' Opera in Barcelona, Spain. In March of 2002, she received a unique invitation by Grammy award trumpeter and composer Arturo Sandoval to perform at "The Blue Note" in New York, where she was introduced by him to perform his work for piano titled "Sureña."
In 1998, she was awarded the Jose Felix Ribas Prize, highest honor given by the president of Venezuela to a young artist who has contributed to the enhancement of the country.
In the US she studied with Rosalina Sackstein and Ena Bronstein. At the age of 17 she was awarded a full scholarship by the Royal Academy of Music, London, studying with Christopher Elton. After graduating she continued her studies in Italy at the Accademia Pianistica " Incontri Col Maestro" in Imola with pianists Lazar Berman, and Franco Scala. Later on she completed postgraduate studies at Yale University with Hungarian pianist Peter Frankl.
Among other musicians who have strongly contributed to her musical growth are Richard Goode, Tamas Vasary, Claude Frank, Boris Berman, Lynn Harrell, Zubin Mehta, Lev Naumov and Dimitri Bashkirov.
Miss Perez recently performed on the La Jolla Music Society "Discovery" series in San Diego and at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall in New York City. Recordings of her performances have recently been featured on Robert Sherman's Young Artists' Showcase on WQXR-FM in New York