For lucky New Yorkers this should be a great recital:


Who Vanessa Perez, pianist, sponsored by the Fundación Cisneros

What Chopin's Four Ballades, Ravel Valses Nobles et Sentimentales,
Albeniz, and Farrin

When Saturday, October 16, 2004; 8:30 p.m.

Where Joan and Sanford I. Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York City

Tickets $25, available through the Carnegie Hall ticket office at
212-247-7800 or


October 16 Program Features Works by Chopin, Ravel, Albéniz, and Farrin

Acclaimed Venezuelan-American pianist Vanessa Perez will make her New York
debut at the Weill Recital Hall on Saturday, October 16, at 8:30 p.m. Ms.
Perez will perform a program of music by Chopin, Ravel, Albéniz, and Farrin,
composers who are rarely heard together.

About Vanessa Perez

Venezuelan-American pianist Vanessa Perez has been recognized as a virtuosa of
the keyboard, endowed with an extraordinary and captivating interpretative
power. Upon hearing her play during her youth, legendary pianist Claudio Arrau
stated that her “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.”

Ms. Perez made her official debut in Caracas at the age of eleven, playing the
Grieg Piano Concerto with the Orquesta Sinfonica Municipal, conducted by Carlos
Riazuelo before an audience of 2,500 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 Schauspielhaus, Berlin;
Kammermusiksaal—Beethoven-Haus, Bonn; Festival Settembre Musica, Turin,
Italy; Societa Dei Concerti, Milan, Italy; Schubertiade, London, England;
Keyboard Concerts Series, Fresno, California; Gothic Hall, Brussels, Belgium;
Rios Reina, Caracas; Luis Angel Arango, Bogota, Colombia; Wertheim Performing
Arts Center Concert Hall, Miami, Florida; and the Governor’s Palace in
Gibraltar, Spain.

Ms Perez has also performed with such prestigious orchestras as the Berliner
Symphoniker, with which she recorded a CD of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1
in C major in October 1998, 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 its 2001 Latin American Tour,
performing as guest soloist in Argentina, Uruguay, and Mexico. Other
orchestras with which she has performed as soloist are L’Orchestra “Pro
Arte” Marche, in Italy; the Orquesta Sinfonica de Maracaibo, in Venezuela;
the Orquesta Filarmonica de Venezuela, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Venezuela, and
the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, in London.

In chamber-music collaborations, Ms. Perez has performed at the Wigmore Hall,
London; in the Schnitke Festival at the Royal Academy of Music, London; and the
Montpellier Festival, France; she has also collaborated with renowned Spanish
Soprano Isabel Rey, performing together at the Opernhaus, Zurich, Switzerland;
Dresdner Musik Festspiele , Dresden, Germany; and for the Lirica Privanza’s
3er Cicle d’Opera, Barcelona, Spain. In March of 2002, she accepted an
invitation by Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer Arturo Sandoval to perform
with him at the Blue Note, in New York City.

In 1998, Ms. Perez was awarded the Jose Felix Rivas Prize, the highest honor
given by the president of Venezuela to a young artist who has contributed to
the enhancement of the country.

In the U.S., Ms. Perez studied with Rosalina Sackstein and Ena Bronstein. At
the age of seventeen 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, Italy, with pianists Lazar Berman, and Franco Scala. She
later completed postgraduate studies at Yale University with Hungarian pianist
Peter Frankl.

Other musicians who have contributed to her musical growth include Richard
Goode, Tamas Vasary, Claude Frank, Boris Berman, Lynn Harrell, Zubin Mehta, Lev
Naumov and Dimitri Bashkirov.

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