Biography

Cecilio Perera is a distinguished internationally acclaimed guitarist, characterized by his musicality, expressivity, virtuosity, broad and versatile musical repertoire ranging from medieval, renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic, contemporary, Latin American folklore, among other genres. 

VENUES AROUND THE WORLD

His art has led him to perform as a soloist in the most important venues in the world such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Festspielhaus in Salzburg, Mozarteum Grosser Saal in Salzburg, Brucknerhaus in Linz, Opera Hall in Qingdao, Hermitage Theater in St. Petersburg, NDR Grosser Sendesaal in Hanover, Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, NEC Jordan Hall in Boston, Sala Nezahualcóyotl in Mexico City, Amadeo Roldán Theater in Havana, National Theater of Costa Rica, among many others. 

 

PERFORMING

Cecilio Perera is regularly performing solo recitals and with orchestras in several countries, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, Spain, Ireland, Russia, Estonia, Finland, Slovenia, Serbia, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica, Belize, United States, Canada and China, also participating in many occasions for the radio and television of each country he visits. 

ORCHESTRAS

Frequently is invited by orchestras such as the Salzburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Qingdao-China Symphony Orchestra, Saint Petersburg Hermitage Orchestra, the Bläserphilharmonie Mozarteum Salzburg, Sanremo Symphony Orchestra, the Italian Orchestra Naonis Musical Academy, the Vivaldi Conservatory Orchestra of Alessandria, Youth Orchestra of Valencia, Almería Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, OFUNAM Philharmonic Orchestra, Yucatán Symphony Orchestra, Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra, Nuevo León Symphony Orchestra, Michoacán Symphony Orchestra, Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra, Acapulco Philharmonic Orchestra, Chihuahua Symphony Orchestra. 

 

REPERTOIRE

His repertoire ranges from medieval and renaissance music playing the lute, to the contemporary, premiering new works that have been written for him by composers such as Clarice Assad, Julio César Oliva, Michele Lanari, Ernesto Lunagómez, Cuberto Córdova. Frequently is making chamber music with violin , flute, voice, cello, string quartet and various musical groups. 

 

COLLABORTION WITH OTHER MUSICIANS

He has shared the stage with outstanding musicians such as Grace Bumbry (singer), Irena Grafenauer (flute), Benjamin Schmidt (violin), Andreas Hofmeir (tuba), Kairós String Quartet, Andreas Steiner (percussionist), Werner Friedl (actor) and also with groups of diverse musical genres such as Yahal-Kab (Latin American music) and Blank Manuskript (progressive rock). 

 

RECORDINGS

Guitar Music of Mexico, Naxos; Guitar Recital, Naxos; 50th Anniversary Michele Pittaluga Guitar Competition Alessandria, Naxos; XX Century Music, VGo Recordings; Por tí mi corazón, Mixdownrecords; Epifanía, Q Studios.

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

Cecilio Perera was born in Mérida, Yucatán, México, in 1983. He began paying the guitar at an early age under the tutelage of his brother Pedro Perera, later on he studied at the José Jacinto Cuevas school of music in his hometown, under the tutelage of Ricardo Vega, as well as taking some music lessons with pianist Alberto Álvarez.

From 1999 to 2005 he studied at the Faculty of Music of the Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Veracruz, under the tutelage of Alfredo Sánchez and Consuelo Bolio. 

Graduated with highest honours in bachelor and master degree at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria, under the tutelage of Eliot Fisk and Ricardo Gallén, where he also studied early music with Hans Brüderl and contemporary music with Simone Fontanelli. 

He currently teaches guitar as an assistant of Eliot Fisk at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg, Austria and also as a guitar teacher at the School of Music in Freilassing, Germany. 

Cecilio Perera

AWARDS

Among his awards are: 

Medal -Ricardo Palmerín- for his artistic merit in Mérida, Yucatán, México, 2016. 

First prize in the XXXII International Guitar Competition in Volos, Greece, 2015. 

The Golden Guitar, prize awarded in Alessandria, Italy, 2012. 

First prize at the 44th Michele Pittaluga International Classical Guitar Competition in Alessandria, Italy, 2011. 

First prize at the III International Guitar Competition in Boston, USA, 2008. 

First prize at the VII International Youth Guitar Competition in Petrer, Spain, 2008. 

First prize at the III Corelli Chamber Music Competition at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria 2007. 

First prize at the XII International Guitar Competition-Festival, “Leo Brouwer” Havana, Cuba, 2004. 

First prize at the V Guitar Competition in Taxco, Mexico, 2002. 

First prize at the XI International Guitar Competition in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico, 2001. 

Second prize in the VII International Guitar Competition “Julian Arcas” in Almeria, Spain 2006. 

Second prize in the II International Guitar Competition “Norba Caesarina” in Caceres, Spain 2006. 

National Award of Youth in Arts 2003 given by the President of Mexico. 

Second prize in the Guitar Foundation of America International Convention and Competition, 2003. 

Yolotl prize in the II National Youth Guitar Competition YÓLOTL 2000, Mexico 2000.