Luis Fernando Pérez, piano

‘A young pianist unafraid to go his own way. Backed by superb technique and a profusion of ideas, here are colour, inflection and brio in superabundance. . . . Luis Fernando Pérez is clearly among the most gifted and individual pianists of today’s generation.’ It was in these terms that Bryce Morrison discussed his discovery of Luis Fernando in Gramophone.

The career of this pupil of great artists and teachers including Dimitri Bashkirov, Galina Egyazarova, Alicia de Larrocha and PierreLaurent Aimard reached a turning point with his recording of Isaac Albéniz’s Iberia on the Verso label. Acclaimed by the critics, he began a rise to international fame as a specialist in the Spanish repertory. Luis Fernando Pérez has been a guest at the prestigious festivals of Schleswig-Holstein, La Roque-d’Anthéron, La Grange de Meslay-Richter, Piano aux Jacobins (Toulouse), Santander, Granada, the Quincena Musical DonostiarraSan Sebastián, and Musika-Música in Bilbao. He has appeared as a soloist with the Orquesta Nacional de España, Orquestra Simfónica de Barcelona, Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya, Real Filharmonia de Galicia, Orquestra Sinfónica de Bilbao, Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi, Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Televisión Española, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Orchestra Ensemble of Kanazawa, Sinfonia Varsovia, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra of Budapest and Mannheim Chamber Orchestra, under such conductors as José Ramón Encinar, Antoni Ros Marbá, Günter Neuhold, Wilson Hermanto, Kazuki Yamada, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Peter Fraas, David Lockington, Alexis Soriano, Enrique García Asensio, Carlo Rizzi and Jesús López Cobos.

His virtuoso piano technique, by no means lacking in the tonalities specific to an indispensable freedom, impregnates his interpretations with a deployment of tone colours, emotional inflections and overflowing vitality that elevate audiences above all complexity, delighting them with vibrant expressive intuition in an atmosphere of exuberance. ‘Each note is a word, although we do not know which word. We must imagine and find within ourselves what it means and intends.’ With these remarks on the music of Chopin Luis Fernando confirms his professional and artistic maturity, already recognised by the Premio Franz Liszt in Ibla (Italy), the First Prize (Alicia de Larrocha Prize) and prize for the best interpreter of Granados at the Granados International Competition (Barcelona), and the Medalla Albéniz. The Spanish and French press have also fêted him as the precursor of a Spanish musical renaissance, with such awards as ‘Disco excepcional’ in Scherzo, ‘Choc du Disque’ and ‘Choc de l’Année’ in Classica, and the Diapason d’Or. Professor of piano at the Academia Marshall (Barcelona) and tenured professor of piano at 14 TRACKS PLAGES CD the Centro Superior Katarina Gurska, Luis Fernando Pérez is currently scheduled to appear in Madrid, Valencia, Bilbao, Alicante, Barcelona, Oviedo, Gijón, Santiago de Compostela, Palma de Mallorca, Bordeaux, Tokyo, Toulouse, Istanbul and Paris, among other cities.