Cecilio Perera is a distinguished internationally acclaimed guitarist characterized by his musicality, expressivity, and virtuosity. His broad and versatile musical repertoire ranges from medieval to renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic, contemporary, and Latin American. He has won 12 first place prizes in international competitions.
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Cecilio Perera was born in Mérida, Yucatán, México, in 1983. He began playing the guitar at an early age under the tutelage of his brother Pedro Perera, and then continued at the José Jacinto Cuevas school of music in his hometown. 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. Perera graduated with highest honors in bachelor and master’s degrees 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.
Perera has performed at many of the most prestigious venues in the world, including 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, among many others.
Luigi Legnani (1790-1877) – Fantasia op. 19
Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
Preludes 1, 2 & 5
Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983)
Sonata op. 47 –
Cecilio Perera (1983- ) – Marina
Folk songs from Yucatán, México (Arr. for solo guitar by Cecilio Perera)
Guty Cárdenas (1905-1932) – Quisiera
Miguel Ángel Gallardo (1901-1977) – Acuarela a Mérida
Alfredo Tamayo (1880-1957) – Sueño
Chan Cil (1849-1910) – Mestiza
John Lennon (1940-1980)
Paul McCartney (1942- )
Beatles songs (Arr. for solo guitar by Cecilio Perera)
Sgt. Pepper´s Lonely Hearts Club Band
With a little help from my friends
She’s leaving home
When I’m sixty-four
A day in the life
Roland Dyens (1955-2016)
Tango en Skai
PRELUDE PERFORMANCE: The South Bay Guitar Society uses prelude performances at the start of our regular concerts to introduce audiences to promising young artists from our local community.
The Cecilio Perera concert will be opened with a prelude performance by Conor Padmanabhan. The prelude performance will begin at 7:30 PM sharp and will last for 10 minutes. Cecilio Perera’s performance will begin at 7:40 PM.
Guitarist Conor Padmanabhan, age 15, was a first-place winner for the Best Bach Performance in the 2017 international Great Composers Competition Series. He has been a prizewinner in the Sierra Nevada Guitar Competition, and others. In 2018 he was featured in Classical Guitar magazine’s “Sunday Prodigy” series. Conor is a student of Scott Cmiel at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Pre-College Division, where he also performs in a guitar quartet and contemporary music ensemble. His first teacher was Jon Mendle. Conor attends high school in Palo Alto.