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Luis Fernando Pérez


Praised for his virtuosity, his colourful playing and his extraordinary ability to communicate with his audience, Luis Fernando Pérez was described by “Le Monde” as embodying “the Renaissance of the Spanish piano”. Acclaimed by the international critics, he has received many awards, including the Franz Liszt Prize at the IBLA International Competition, the Alicia de Larrocha Award and the Albéniz Medal for his outstanding interpretation of Iberia, considered by “Gramophone” to be “one of the four mythical ones”, along with those of Esteban Sanchez, Alicia de Larrocha and Rafael Orozco. Under the tutelage of legendary artists – Dmitri Bashkirov and Galina Egyazarova at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid, Pierre-Laurent Aimard at the Musikhochschule in Cologne, and Alicia de Larrocha and Carlota Garriga at the Marshall Academy in Barcelona – he has specialised in the interpretation of Spanish music, in particular that of Federico Mompou, which he had the privilege of studying with the composer’s widow, Carme Bravo. He has taken master classes with maestros such as Leon Fleisher, Andras Schiff, Menahem Pressler and Fou Ts’ong. He has collaborated with orchestras such as the Spanish National Orchestra, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic, the Orchestre de chambre de Paris, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Ensemble Kanazawa and the Real Filarmonía de Galicia, under the direction of Antoni Ros Marbá, George Tchitchinadze, Kazuki Yamada, Jesús López Cobos, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Dmitry Liss and Paul Daniel. A regular guest on stages throughout Europe and the rest of the world, he is also an active chamber musician, playing with Marta Gulyas, Leticia Moreno, Momo Kodama, Gérard Caussé, Adolfo Gutierrez Arenas and numerous quartets, such as Casals, Ardeo and Modigliani. His award-winning recordings on the Mirare label include Padre Soler’s Sonatas, Chopin’s Nocturnes, Granados’s Goyescas, the works of Manuel de Falla and Federico Mompou (ffff Télérama and 5 Diapasons). A digital reissue of his complete recording of Iberia, originally published by Verso in 2006 (for which he was awarded the Albéniz Medal), has also been reissued by Mirare in summer 2020. His latest disc of Rachmaninoff’s Moments musicaux and Preludes was released on the same label in October 2021. Luis Fernando Pérez teaches piano at the Marshall Academy in Barcelona and the Centro Superior Katarina Gurska in Madrid. He is also visiting professor at Senzoku University in Tokyo.