Luis Fernando Pérez
Récital, Chamber music, Compilation
“Praised for his virtuosity, his colorful playing and his extraordinary and rare capability to communicate straight forward to his public, Luis Fernando Pérez is considered to be one of the most exceptional artists of his generation, embodying “The Renaissance of Spanish Piano” (Le Monde).
Applauded unanimously by the world critics and owner of numerous prizes like the Franz Liszt (Italy) and the Granados Prize-Alicia de Larrocha prize (Barcelona), Luis Fernando was honoured with the Albeniz Medall too, given to him for his outstanding interpretation of Iberia, regarded by Gramophone Magazine as “one of the four mythical” (together with those of Esteban Sanchez, Alicia de Larrocha and Rafael Orozco).
Luis Fernando belongs to this rare group of prominent musicians who have been taught by legendary artists; with Dimitri Bashkirov and Galina Egyazarova (at Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía), students of the great Alexander Goldenweiser — following a straight tradition after Liszt ́s considered best student Siloti — further on with Pierre-Laurent Aimard (at Hochschule für Musik Köln), and with the great Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha and her assistant Carlota Garriga in the Marshall Academy in Barcelona. It is precisely in the Marshall Academy beside Larrocha where he specializes in the interpretation of Spanish Music, obtaining his Masters in Spanish Music Interpretation and where he also studies all piano works of Federico Mompou with the Catalan composer’s widow, Carmen Bravo. He has also received lessons and masterclasses from such great artists as Leon Fleisher, Andras Schiff, Bruno-Leonardo Gelber, Menahen Pressler, Fou Tsong and Gyorgy Sandor.
He has collaborated with numerous orchestras like the Spanish National Orchestra (Orquesta Nacional de España), Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Filharmonia Baltycka, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa (Japan), Real Filarmonía de Galicia, OBC (Barcelona), BOS (Bilbao), Ensemble National de Paris, Brazil’s Orquestra Sinfônica do Teatro Nacional …, and together with such great conductors as Ros Marbá, Georges Tchitchinadze, Kazuki Yamada, Jesús López Cobos, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Dimitri Liss, Paul Daniel, Rumon Gamba, Carlo Rizzi, David Lockington.
Luis Fernando tours worldwide and is currently invited in festivals such as Richter Festival, La Roque d ́Anthéron, Granada International Festival, Santander International Festival, Quincena Donostiarra, Musica-Musika (Bilbao), Schleswig-Holstein Festival, La Folle Journée in Nantes, Japan, Warsaw, Ekaterinburg, and a number of concert halls like New York Carnegie Hall, United Nations, New York University, Auditorio Nacional (Madrid), Auditori de Barcelona, Palacio Euskalduna (Bilbao), Salle Gaveau (Paris), BOZAR (Brussels), Flagey Musique ́3 Festival, National Philharmonic in Warsaw, MUPA (Budapest), Dom Musiki & Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Moscow), Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Opera City, Forbiden City Beijing, Shanghai … He also keeps an intense activity as chamber musician collaborating with such colleagues as Marta Gulyas, Gerard Caussé, Leticia Moreno, Momo Kodama, Casals Quartet, Bartok Quartet, Ardeo Quartet, Enesco Quartet, Modigliani Quartet and Adolfo Gutierrez Arenas.
Despite his youth, Luis Fernando has an extensive catalogue of recordings which have received numerous prizes — his Albeniz award-winning Iberia has just been reissued under the label Mirare. All his records are ‘Disco Excepcional’ from the Spanish magazine Scherzo. He is currently an artist of the French label Mirare. His ‘Goyescas’ from Enrique Granados won the Diapason d ́or and the ‘Choc’ of the year of Classica magazine. Recently his record dedicated to the music of the Spanish composer Federico Mompou, has been ranked ffff by Télérama, ‘Exceptional Record’ by Scherzo magazine and got ‘five stars’ in Diapason. He has just recorded his new album, dedicated to Sergei Rachmaninoff which will be presented under the label Mirare next autum.
Together with his enthusiastic concertising activity, Luis Fernando keeps an intense dedication to teaching at the Centro Superior Katarina Gurska (Madrid) and the Marshall Academy in Barcelona – in the wake of his teacher Alicia de Larrocha. He is also Piano & Chamber Music Masters teacher at the Conservatorio Superior de Aragón (Zaragoza) as well as Guest Professor at Tokyo Senzoku University.