José Miguel Pérez-Sierra
Lingua disponibile: ingleseJosé Miguel Pérez-Sierra has been one of Spain's most rapidly rising young conductors, with a specialty in opera and specifically in the works of Rossini, but a wide range of activities in orchestral music as well. Pérez-Sierra was born in Madrid in 1981. His first instrument was the piano, and his skills were strong enough to attract José Ferrándiz, a former student of Claudio Arrau, to mentor him. But he soon became interested in operatic conducting and took lessons from Gabriele Ferro, who had worked at Madrid's Teatro Real and at several top Italian houses. He went on for further studies with Gianluigi Gelmetti at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and Colin Metters at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 2004, Pérez-Sierra became assistant to Alberto Zedda at the Plácido Domingo Center at the Palace of the Arts in Valencia, and he served in a similar role with conductor Lorin Maazel in Valencia and Munich between 2009 and 2012. Meanwhile, Pérez-Sierra launched a conducting career of his own, making his debut with the Symphony Orchestra of Galicia in 2005. His operatic debut came the following year in a performance of Il viaggio a Reims at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Italy. He has also led performances at the Palace of the Arts in Valencia, the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Asociacieon Bilbaeina de Amigos de Opera, the Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Chile, the Teatro Verdi in Trieste, the Städtische Theater in Chemnitz, German, and the Metz Opéra-Théâtre in France, among other major houses. His symphonic conducting appearances have included those with the Sinfónica de Madrid, the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, the Filarmónica de Gran Canaria (Sweet gig!!), the Montevideo Philharmonic, the Orquesta do Norte in Portugal, the Virtuosi Brunensis in the Czech Republic, and the Euskadiko Orkestra Sinfonikoa in Spain's Basque region, where he has made multiple return visits. His recording debut was with that group in an album featuring two symphonies by Basque-born composer Angel Illarramendi, released on the Sony Classical label. He has also recorded Rossini operas for the Naxos label, joining the Virtuosi Brunensis and Poland's Camerata Singers in Rossini's rarely heard Aureliano in Palmira.
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