Javier Perianes

Javier Perianes has worked with leading conductors including Lorin Maazel, Daniel Barenboim, Jesús López Cobos, Antoni Wit, Daniel Harding and Vassily Petrenko.  Recent and forthcoming highlights include appearances with Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, the New World Symphony, Orchestre National de France, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic, Gulbenkian Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra as well as recitals in Tokyo, Madrid, Barcelona, Saint Petersburg and Miami.

Javier Perianes returns to St Petersburg Philharmonic for Season closing concert

07 Jul 2015

Javier Perianes returns to St Petersburg to perform Ravel Concerto in G major with the St Petersburg Philharmonic and...

Javier Perianes debuts at the Grafenegg Festival

29 Jun 2015

Javier Perianes will make his debut at the Grafenegg Festival with the Tonkunstler...

Javier Perianes debuts in Finland & returns to London

05 May 2015

This week, Javier Perianes will make his Finnish debut performing Ravel’s Concerto in G major with the ...

Javier Perianes: Returns to London

13 Apr 2015

Javier will return to London this week to perform Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 with the ...

Javier Perianes debuts with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC

25 Feb 2015

Perianes ends February and begins March at the Teldex Studio in Berlin where, together with the Quiroga String Quartet, he will record a...

Javier Perianes Mendelssohn recording named Album of the Week

05 Jan 2015

Javier Perianes' recording of selections from Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words named Norman Lebrecht's Album of the Week on Sinfini Music.
Here's what he had to say about the recording:...

Javier Perianes debuts with Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra

18 Mar 2014

Javier Perianes begins the spring season by travelling to Kuala Lumpur. He will appear in two concerts that will mark his debut with the...

Javier Perianes releases Le sons et le parfums… Debussy meets Chopin

12 Oct 2013

Javier Perianes releases new CD Le sons et le parfums… Debussy meets Chopin on Harmonia Mundi.

Javier Perianes returns to Tokyo and Seville

30 Jun 2013

Javier Perianes returns to Tokyo in July to make his debut with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra under conductor Hugh Wolff. He...

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“For transparency of effect, the Arietta, Op. 12, No. 1 proves most becoming…Papillon, Op. 43, No. 1, an old Gieseking favorite, shows Javier Perianes off in A Major chromatic runs…Listen to what Perianes does with the middle section of the Troll’s March…The sonority of Perianes’ upper register embraces a carillon sound.”

Audiophile Audition - 4 STARS - May 2015

“The Spanish pianist Javier Perianes is rapidly establishing his reputation in the UK, with a Wigmore Hall recital and BBC dates under his belt, and his recent Mendelssohn release has been widely acclaimed. This date (replacing Menahem Pressler) with the LPO confirmed what an exceptional musician he is. From the piano’s famous opening chord of Beethoven’s Fourth Concerto, you knew that something special was going to unfold. The work is not a virtuoso vehicle for egotists but presents all manner of challenges in terms of poetry, narrative and dialogue… Perianes’s encore – Chopin’s A minor Mazurka, Opus 17/4 – lingered unforgettably in a world of half-lit melancholy. I cannot wait to hear Perianes again.”

Classical Source - Mar 2015

“At once it was clear that we were going to hear a very expressive account of the concerto, for those first notes were played by Perianes with exquisite tenderness, and Ticciati’s response and his conducting of the opening tutti in general was acutely sensitive. And as the movement progressed a fine balance was struck between intimacy of expression and clarity of execution, with Perianes producing an attractively clean, sparkling tone quality. His account of the cadenza had a certain authority of presentation: though phrased flexibly it seemed for the moment that this was the only way to play the music.”

Seen and Heard International - Mar 2015

“Javier Perianes gave a magnificent performance of the Ravel Concerto in G major, with impeccable technique as well as great musical inspiration. From the beginning the bright glissandi and incredible finesse of his arpeggios blew the spark that electrified the atmosphere between stage and audience […]”

Julián Carrillo, EL PAÍS - Mar 2015

“There is absolutely no question that the performance of the night belonged to the young Spanish pianist Javier Perianes, whose playing of Saint-Saens' Fifth Piano Concerto, The Egyptian, was a tour de force of flamboyance and fun, with a staggering technical display in music that, at points, veered between a Tin Pan Alley and a Hollywood yet-to-come. The audience, quite rightly, went nuts for the young lad…”

Herald Scotland - Dec 2014

“In Saint-Saëns’s fifth piano concerto, also known as the Egyptian, Javier Perianes clinched the score’s weird balance of crisp classicism and pseudo-exotic whimsy. The Spanish pianist has a bright touch, breezy virtuosity and a knack for arresting intimacy in quiet passages that earned a huge cheer from the audience.”

The Guardian - Dec 2014

“Very gripping indeed, though, was the astonishing playing of young Spanish pianist Javier Perianes in Saint-Saëns’s rarely performed “Egyptian” Piano Concerto No. 5 Sometimes fiery, sometimes limpid, never less than thrillingly vivid, Perianes seemed to stand out in neon colour against Pintscher’s cool orchestral backdrops, and he made what’s a rather lightweight oddity sound profound and scintillating. It helped that he was a natural showman, big on charisma, but it was his impeccable technique and his effortless control of light and shade that really marked him out. An energetic, passionate performance, and the evening’s highlight.”

The Scotsman - Dec 2014

“The next work on this programme was Camille Saint-Saëns’ Fifth Piano Concerto Op. 103, known as the ‘Egyptian’, since its last two movements were composed during the composer’s stay in Egypt. It featured the Spanish pianist Javier Perianes. This is a concerto built on variety and continuous change, and is not often programmed. Indeed, the last time the BBC SSO performed it was in 1983. Saint-Saëns’ work is full of variety, mixing Lisztian moments of virtuosic piano writing with more rhythmic, physical and pulsating moments. The work can come across as somewhat unstructured and improvisatory, with some occasionally uninspiring musical material. It is to the performers’ credit that they injected life, energy and drive into this work. Perianes gave a performance full of poetic brilliance and characterised by virtuosity of the highest order. Poignant moments alternated with dramatic statements of pianistic force supported throughout by Perianes’ nonchalantly dazzling displays of brilliant playing.”

Seen & Heard International - Dec 2014

“…Pianist Javier Perianes is a player of growing international reputation. His poetic interpretation of Camille Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto no. 5, “The Egyptian”, completely won over the Glasgow audience. The concerto was mostly inspired by the composer’s visit to Egypt and – while deliberately non-Wagnerian – it looks forward to a jazz age in parts. Guiding us through the three movements, Perianes demonstrated flamboyance and utter enjoyment as he painted the exact French light and shade required, ending in a helter-skelter of brilliance. The crowd brought him back several times to take his bows, and we were rewarded by a haunting, meltingly beautiful performance of Grieg’s Nocturne Op.54 no. 4.”

Bach Track - Dec 2014

“Performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto may not be the most visionary way for the BBC Symphony Orchestra to spend its corner of the corporation’s public money, but in Friday’s concert, with Grieg surrounded by other familiar works, the orchestra sounded so well-nourished and spry that I’d have happily heard them play anything, even Scheherazade. Heat, strength, delicacy, suave togetherness, fragrant tones: the virtues kept coming, no matter what Sakari Oramo conducted. Besides, the Grieg gave us the chance to appreciate the pianist Javier Perianes, performing after a Spanish tour with the orchestra. If he didn’t make me feel that I was hearing the concerto for the first time, he still refreshed its pathways with delicious vigour, power that never became bullying, poetic sensitivity, and a confident rapport with the musicians around him. And his Chopin encore, the C sharp minor Nocturne, spread its own limpid magic. Perianes should perform in Britain more often.”

The Times - Oct 2014

“The main work was Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, a warhorse in some hands but not here thanks to the soloist Javier Perianes and conductor Sakari Oramo. Arriving on stage like a man in a hurry, once at the keyboard the Spanish pianist was expansive but never indulgent. His crisp attack in the famous opening came allied to generally warm pianism, and his view of the work was matched by Oramo in the breadth the conductor gave to the big tunes. An unusually introspective first movement reflected the work’s debt to Schumann’s concerto in the same key, with Perianes tracing some delicate filigree. His cadenza was a slow-burning affair, confirming him as a poetic player with rock-solid technique but no tendency to pummel the piano. Grieg saves most of the Norwegian spirit for the second and third movements, delivered with enough hushed delicacy and dancing freedom to make this ultra-familiar work sound fresh. No one here could have regretted the safe programming, though it would be nice one day to hear a London orchestra substitute one of the concertos by Tellefsen, Chopin’s great Norwegian pupil, for the Grieg. Chopin himself featured in Perianes’s encore, the posthumous Nocturne in C sharp minor.”

The Telegraph - Oct 2014

“The score, in fact, demands the impossible: a singing, legato line from a percussion instrument. Javier Perianes did that, making the piano sing and sing beautifully. Here is a young pianist to watch. The majestic orchestral Allegro was a tease under Vanska’s baton, with the powerful NWS strings already hinting at the seduction to come. From the piano’s entrance, Perianes dominated the proceedings just as Chopin demands, with a delicate rubato that was never mannered but rather heartbreaking, always surprising and always right. Conductor and soloist seemed to breathe together here and also in the central movement, where the hushed strings merely ushered in not only the piano line but also the birth of Chopin’s later music. That the first few bars could easily serve as a prelude to a bel canto aria is no accident, and both Vanska and Perianes got this, letting the cadenza happen as naturally as a young lover’s impetuous embrace. Here and later in the Sibelius, Vanska made the silences count. For his part, Perianes captured the soul of the music, his tone at once assertive and delicate. Here, and in the Chopin Nocturne he gave as an encore after a rapturous standing ovation, he brought to mind the young Ivo Pogorelich, and most of all the great Brigitte Engerer, who passed away recently.”

Artburst Miami - Nov 2013

“Perianes debuted with the New World two seasons ago and created so strong an impression among musicians and audiences alike that his reengagement was assured. His performance of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor (Op. 11) proved that the initial euphoria was totally deserved. Perianes processes virtuosity to burn. Chopin’s rapid runs, arpeggios and triplets were dispatched with flair and dazzling technique. What really distinguishes Perianes from the many gifted young pianists on the contemporary concert radar, however, is the depth and soulfulness of his playing. A true poet of the keyboard, Perianes is a born Chopin player.”

Palm Beach ArtsPaper - Nov 2013

“Perianes approaches Beethoven with a freshness and individuality that is immediately engaging. The opening movement of Sonata No. 12, Op. 26 demonstrates some exceptional qualities, most obviously his ability to maximise contrast and characterisation between the different variations; he produces a beautifully veiled tone for those passages of a more reflective nature.”

BBC Music Magazine - Dec 2012

“KKL Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra go for the spectacular. The great discovery, however, is a young pianist... Russian melancholy came face to face with Spanish nostalgia on the second afternoon. The culminating moment arrived with Manuel de Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain with pianist Javier Perianes. As "primus inter pares" (first among equals) with the orchestra, this Lucerne debut was a revelation. Perianes' touch is incredibly gentle and sensitive. This confers on the music clarity and intimacy without any loss of expressive power. Perianes is not a virtuoso full of vigour: he is instead a poet at the keyboard. For an encore, he offered a delicate mazurka (Op. 7, no. 4) by Frederic Chopin.”

Roman Kühne, Neue Luzerner Zeitung - Sep 2011

“Some concerts are unforgettable. This is the case with all of Javier Perianes’ performances, whose genuine and flawless art always goes deep into one’s memory.”

El Mundo - Sep 2011

“This young Spanish pianist proves himself a natural Schubertian in the Impromptus (D.899). He is beautifully recorded so that the nuances of his playing can be fully appreciated. The disc also includes the Klavierstücke (D.946) and the less well-known Allegretto in C minor (D.915), a wonderful piece all the more compelling for being understated. Perianes’s playing captures its magic to perfection.”

Sunday Telegraph (Schubert: Impromptus, Allegretto Harmonia Mundi HMI 987080) - Feb 2008

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The acclaim accorded to the pianist Javier Perianes by audiences and critics alike confirms his status as one of Spain’s most exciting young artists. Hugely popular with Spanish audiences, he has a growing international reputation.

Javier Perianes has performed in concert series throughout the world, having made appearances in New York’s Carnegie, Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Barbican, Royal Festival and Wigmore halls in London, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, New World Center in Miami and the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris. He was Artist in Residence at the Granada Festival in 2012 and was in residence at the Teatro de la Maestranza and Seville Orchestra during the 2012/13 season. He has worked with leading conductors including Lorin Maazel, Michael Tilson Thomas, Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and Yuri Temirkanov.

Concerto highlights this season include debut appearances with Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre, National de Lyon, Washington National Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Gävle and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Copenhagen and Tampere Philharmonic Orchestras. He will make return appearances with the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra. In season 2015/16 he will appear with among others London Philharmonic, Tonkunstler Orchester, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Orchestra of St Luke’s, Chicago, Boston, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras and the Netherlands Radio Phiharmonic. Recent and upcoming recitals include performances in Madrid, Barcelona, Leipzig, Saint Petersburg, Paris, Miami, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Marseille and Hong Kong.

Javier Perianes records exclusively for harmonia mundi. His most latest CD Songs without Words, a selection of piano works by Mendelssohn, has received unanimous critical praise. Next month, harmonia mundi will release Javier Perianes’ recording of Grieg’s Piano Concerto recorded live in concert with BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo last October paired with a selection of Lyric Pieces. His previous releases for the label include Schubert’s Impromptus and Klavierstücke, Manuel Blasco de Nebra’s keyboard sonatas, Mompou’s Música Callada, …les sons et les parfums focussing on works by Chopin and Debussy and Moto perpetuo, a selection of Beethoven sonatas. His recording of Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain and selected solo works received a Latin Grammy Nomination.

In 2012 Javier received the ‘National Music Prize’ awarded by the Ministry of Culture of Spain.

July 2015