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About the Author: Daniel Pereira

Photograph of Pianist Daniel Pereira

Daniel Pereira holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland, a Master of Music from the University of Hartford in Connecticut and an Artist Diploma from the State University of New York at Purchase. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the prestigious Moses Haltzmark and Hartt Alumni Awards and the Evelyn B. Storrs Scholarship, which he received on two separate occasions, and the Special Prize in Piano Performance in his native Spain. His doctoral thesis consisted of two live recordings (90 pieces in all), of the complete preludes of Alexander Scriabin. His Scriabin double CD, 90 – Scriabin Complete Piano Preludes, was released for Odradek Records in May 2020 as was received with great acclaim. Pereira was invited to lecture on Scriabin and give recitals of his music in the United States, Brazil and Spain.

Pereira combines pedagogical activities with concerts and lectures. He has conducted extensive research on pianists of the past, old and new recordings, and schools of piano playing, at the revered International Piano Archives at Maryland (IPAM). That experience, he observed, greatly enriched him as a musician and pedagogue. Through IPAM, Pereira started publishing in January 2021, digitally and on a monthly basis, his massive project titled the Piano Traditions Through Their Genealogy Trees, which consists of numerous piano genealogies and articles with short biographies of the thousands of pianists represented in them. Pereira has been working on this project for over 15 years.

In addition to Scriabin, he has lectured on a diverse array of topics in music theory and performance in North and South America and in Europe, and has performed in cultural capitals like New York, Washington and Madrid, as well as in other major cities. He has given Master Classes at the Turtle Bay Music School in New York, at IKFEM Festival in Spain, and at the State University of Minas Gerais in Brazil.

In 2016, Why We Can’t Always Play Waltzes, a book he co-authored with oboist Humbert Lucarelli, was published by Carl Fischer Music, New York, and in the same year, Clavier Companion published his article entitled The Teaching of Alfred Cortot, appearing in its Jan./Feb. issue. He was co-editor of the project Notas de Compositor, sponsored by the State University of Minas Gerais. He frequently collaborates with orchestras and festivals as writing concert program notes.

Pereira has participated in piano festivals and master classes in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Brazil and the United States. He founded the Piano Friends Society of Galicia in Spain and was the Artistic Director of the International Piano Festivals Conde de Gondomar from 2000 through 2006, where he also lectured and performed. He has also been the Co-director of the Vianden International Music Festival in Luxembourg. Over the years. he has appeared on television and was heard on the radio the United States, Brazil, Italy and Spain.

Pereira resided in the United States for 14 years where he studied, worked and performed. He subsequently took up residence in London, U.K. where he was a Master Instructor at the West Kensington Music Team. More recently, he has been a member of the jury at the Concurso Permanente de Juventudes Musicales de España. He served as piano accompanist at the Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático of Málaga and at the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Mariemma in Madrid, and has taught at the Conservatorio Profesional Teresa Berganza, also in Madrid. Pereira and his four-hand piano duo were selected to be included in the 2019 edition of the AECID Music Catalogue of the Ministry of Culture in Spain. He will participate as a lecturer on the 43rd European Piano Teachers Association 2021 in Madrid.