Join us as we welcome Vanessa Perez to Baltimore, prior to her debut with Telarc International, when the label releases her all-Chopin collection, including the 24 Preludes Op. 28.
“A pianist whose technique, musicality and intelligent approach made a profound impression on me.” — Claudio Arrau
WHEN: May 19, 2012
WHERE: An Die Musik Live
409 North Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Advance Tickets $20
on concert date: $25
on concert date: $15
Please send your checks made out to:
Susana de Moya Foundation,
P.O. Box 10040,
Towson, MD 21245.
For more information contact Rita Diaz at 410-560-2101 or Millie Ribeiro at 410-978-0808 or send us an Email: email@example.com
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Part of the proceeds from this concertwill fund the 2012 Susana de Moya Awards
Listen to a sneak peak of her upcoming CD release
ABOUT VANESSA PEREZ
Born in Miami, Perez was raised to age 11 in Venezuela, where she began her studies with Luminita Duca. In the U.S., she studied with noted 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 in Italy at the renowned Accademia Pianistica Incontri Col Maestro in Imola; she then 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 first performance in New York wasn’t in an uptown classical concert hall – it was at the downtown jazz shrine of the Blue Note, where Latin jazz star Arturo Sandoval had her perform his Sureña, a piece laced with Venezuelan folk melodies. A dual citizen of the U.S. and Venezuela, she currently resides just outside Manhattan, in New Jersey.
A watershed moment in the development of Perez’s artistry was her meeting, at age 14, with legendary pianist Claudio Arrau. Touched by her playing, he described the young musician as “a pianist whose technique, musicality and intelligent approach to the music she plays made a profound impression on me.” For Perez, “meeting Arrau changed me,” she says. “He was so humble, and his encouragement gave me so much strength when things became difficult, as they do. Some of his best advice wasn’t about playing the piano, per se. He took my hand and said, `You must learn about everything, not just music – live life to the fullest, all aspects of it. Only then will life come through your playing.’ I have always taken this to heart.”
In spring 2012, Perez will make her Telarc International debut with the release of an all-Chopin studio recording that features the 24 Preludes Op. 28, Fantasie in F minor Op. 49, Barcarolle Op. 60 and two Preludes from Op. 25. Even with influences in Chopin that range from Alfred Cortot to Claudio Arrau to Martha Argerich, Perez has made the music very much her own. She says: “The way I play this music may not be stereotypically `beautiful’ – it may be more raw than some. But I wanted the music to sound organic and real, above all. I didn’t want pretty. I wanted honest.”
Along with making recordings of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Berlin Symphony and Mozart’s D Minor Concerto with Venezuelan conductor Eduardo Marturet, Perez has been featured playing on such radio stations as WQXR New York, WFMT Chicago and WGBG Boston. 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.