The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States invite you to the CD release concert of Venezuelan pianist Vanessa Perez, Chopin: The complete preludes. The event will be held on Thursday May 17 at 7 pm in the Bolivarian Hall, the cultural space of this Diplomatic Mission.
Perez debuted at age 11 playing Norwegian Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto with Orquesta Sinfonica Municipal under the direction of Carlos Riazuelo in Caracas, Venezuela in front of an audience of 2,500.
Perez has developed an international profile, playing prestigious venues across the United States, Latin America and Europe. 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 John Axelrod, Enrique Batiz, David Gimenez Carreras, Karel Mark Chichon and Diego Matheuz. Reviewing a Perez performance of Mozart’s D Minor Concerto in Germany, the German Newspapaper Dortmunder Zeitung called her “a virtuosa wild at heart and with a gentle touch,” combining “spontaneous freshness and poetic expression.” The Miami Herald, witnessing Perez in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, marveled at her “youthful fire” and “rapt lyricism.”
In spring 2012, Perez will make her Telarc/Concord debut with the release of an all-Chopin studio recording that features the 24 Preludes Op. 28, Fantasie in F minor Op. 49, Barcarolle Op. 60 and two Preludes from Op. 25. Even with influences in Chopin that range from Alfred Cortot to Claudio Arrau to Martha Argerich, Perez has made the music very much her own. She says: “The way I play this music may not be stereotypically `beautiful’ – it may be more raw than some. But I wanted the music to sound organic and real, above all. I didn’t want pretty. I wanted honest.
This concert is possible thanks to the generous support of Chevron Corporation.
When: Thursday, May 17, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: Bolivarian Hall. 2443 Massachusetts Ave NW,Washington D.C. 20008
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Press-Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S./ May 9, 2012