Fernando Pérez

Fernando Pérez started his musical studies in his native Buenos Aires at the National Conservatory and in the School of Arts and Musical Science of the Universidad Católica Argentina, where he studied Composition with Roberto Caamaño. At a young age he won important national competitions and continued his studies under Menahem Pressler, Edith Fisher, and Lazar Berman. In 1989 the Buenos Aires Wagner Association distinguished Pérez as one of the Jóvenes Notables, and in 1991 he won First Prize in the Bienal Mozart competition of Festivales Musicales de Buenos Aires.

Fernando Pérez has performed as soloist with the most important orchestras in Argentina, such as Orquesta Estable del Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires, Orquesta de Radio Nacional Argentina, Sinfonietta Omega, Orquesta de la Asociación de Profesores del Teatro Colón, Orquesta de Cámara Mayo, Camerata Bariloche, Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional. Likewise, he has performed in duos with internationally recognized musicians such as Alex Klein (Brasil/USA), Marc Grauwles (Belgium), Stanley Drucker (USA), Felix Renggli (Switzerland), Paquito D’Rivera (Cuba/USA), Robert Verebbes (Canada), Alberto Lysy (Argentina), Bernarda Fink (Argentina) and Darío Volonté (Argentina).

Pérez has been invited to many international festivals in Latin America and Europe, such as Campos da Jordao (Brasil), Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires (Argentina), Encuentro Iberoamericano de Cultura (Bogotá), Festival Internacional Cervantino and Festival Internacional de Tamaulipas (Mexico), Incontri Internazionali con la Musica Contemporanea di Trieste (Italy). He has also interpreted chamber music and performed as soloist in Chile (Teatro Municipal de Santiago; Teatro Municipal de Viña del Mar), Brasil (Teatro Municipal de Sao Paulo), Uruguay, Paraguay, Ecuador, United States, Switzerland (Lausanne Opera; Grand Théatre de Genève), Slovenia, and the Netherlands (Het Concertgebow, Amsterdam).

He has coordinated and taught masterclasses and chamber music courses in several Argentine universities. Since 2001 he is Professor and Coordinator of Chamber Music at the Universidad Católica Argentina, where he is in charge of the Antorchas Foundation Scholarships Program, aimed at promoting and providing incentive to most talented students throughout Argentina.

Fernando Pérez has also done intensive recording. In Europe he recorded for Do Records and Emergo Classics (Netherlands), and in Italy for the RAI. In Buenos Aires, and under composer Gerardo Gandini he recorded as soloist with the Omega Sinfonietta. Several of his CDs were edited by Radio and Revista Clásica, and most recently by Voces (London version of Brahms’s German Requiem), IRCO, and EPSA Music. In 2004 he recorded two CDs with trios by Fauré, and Schubert being nominated to the 2004 Latin GRAMMY Award for the best classical music album. He also recorded a double CD with Spanish tenor Manuel Cid in a repertory of Spanish and Latin-American chamber songs. His recordings have enthusiastically highlighted in prestigious musical journals and reviews in Argentina and Europe.

Since 1996 Fernando Pérez is a founding member of Trio Argentino. The trio develops an intense musical activity, which has included Argentina, Latin America, Europe, and the United States. With the Trio Argentino, Pérez performed the complete trios by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, Dvorák, Schubert, and premiered several works by Argentinian composers. In 2004 the Trio Argentino received the Award for the Best Foreign Chamber Music Ensemble conferred by the Asociación de Críticos de Chile. In 1998 and 2005, the Trío Argentino received the Asociación de Críticos Musicales de la Argentina Award as the best chamber music group in Argentina . In 2003 Trio Argentino was also awarded the Gardel prize, as the best classical CD of the year, for its new CD dedicated to works by Dvorak and Piazzola.