Vanessa Perez was raised to age 11 in Venezuela, where she began her studies in Caracas, with Luminita Duca at the Emil Friedman school. At age 11, made her concert debut performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Orquesta Sinfonica Municipal and conductor Carlos Riazuelo for a sold-out 2,500-seat auditorium in Caracas. 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. Beyond traditional classical concert performances, Ms. Perez also collaborated in concert with the famed José Limón Dance Company in New York on the choreographer’s Mazurkas, in their 2014 season.
Perez has developed an international profile, playing prestigious venues across the United States, Latin America and Europe, a draw for both her rich musicality and her alluring stage personality. The pianist has performed not only with Dudamel and Montero, but also with such top musicians as pianist Ingrid Fliter, cellist Jan Vogler, violinist Colin Jacobsen and conductors such as John Axelrod, Enrique Batiz, Gustav Meier, James Judd, David Gimenez Carreras, and Diego Matheuz.
A frequent performer throughout the Americas, Perez has performed in the cultural capitals of Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, Peru, and in Argentina’s famed Teatro Colon. In Europe, venues such as a the Palau de la Música in Barcelona, the Montpellier Festival in France, Beethoven-Haus in Germany, Wigmore Hall in England and the Gothic Hall in 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.
Among other high-profile experiences in the studio, Perez joined superstar violinist Joshua Bell to record Astor Piazzolla’s Oblivion for Bell’s At Home with Friends album, released by Sony Classical in 2009. She also teamed with Jan Vogler to duet on Piazzolla’s Le Grand Tango and more for the cellist’s 2008 Sony album, Tango. Future performances in 2016-2017 include, recitals in the US, chamber music collaborations with the Dali Quartet in Memphis, with violinist Daniel Hope in Canada and the US, with pianist Stephen Buck in Puerto Rico and Latin America, and pianist Gabriela Montero in the Chopin Festival, in Mallorca, Spain.