concert pianist Dr. Samuel Pérez, has performed as soloist with
symphony orchestras, in piano recitals and in chamber music, in concert
stages in Europe, the United States, México, the Caribbean and
in Puerto Rico, to great success with audiences and critics.
In Puerto Rico he studied with professors Marilú Rappaport, Alicia
Villar, Rosita Casanova and Jesús María Sanromá.
Pérez received a Bachelors in Arts degree, Magna Cum Laude, from
the University of Puerto Rico, along with a Diploma in Piano from the
Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music. He continued his studies in the University
of Michigan with Dr. Charles Fisher and the Hungarian pianist György
Sándor. At the University of Michigan Pérez obtained the
Masters of Music and Doctorate in Musical Arts degrees.
His interpretations have received high praise from the press: “it
was evident that a pianist of world class was present at this hall (Roten-Adler
Saal)”... “his renderings of works by Felix Mendelssohn and
Franz Liszt demonstrated his monumental virtuosism”... “he
is a sensitive artist, blessed with a special charisma...he sparkled with
an incredible precision” (Nordbayern Kurier, Bayerische Rundschau,
Germany)... “an unending applause was the audience’s gratitude
for an extraordinary musical experience in the Zell an der Pram Palace...
a pianist with lots of musical feeling... the numerous guests were enthused...
his appearance at the Palace outdid by far the expectations of the public
present” (Zell an der Pram, Austria)... “ he dazzled everyone
with a vigorous and impeccable performance of Franz Liszt’s Totentanz”...
(El Nuevo Día, San Juan)... “performances full of passion
and fervor. I love the adventure that he creates in his interpretations”
(Chick Corea, world renowned Jazz Pianist).
Pérez has been included in publications such as “Dictionary
of Biography”, “Men of Achievement” (England), “Who’s
Who in Hispanic America” and “Who’s is Who in American
Education” (United States).
For the Puerto Rico Institute of Culture, P»rez has made recordings
of music for the piano of Puertorrican composer José Ignacio Quintón,
to conmemorate the composer’s Centennial. He has also recorded for
the Bella Musica (Germany) and Harmonia Classica (Austria) labels.
Samuel Pérez was chosen to perform the world premmiere of Carlos
Alberto Vázquez’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, as soloist
with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra.
He was Chancellor of the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music for three years.
He is currently on the faculty of the University of Puerto Rico, San Juan
Campus, where he is a full professor in the Music Department.