Cristian Perez is a guitarist/composer born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He's an Artist in Residence at Strathmore. Since he moved to the United States in 2002, he has obtained a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree from George Mason University with concentrations in both Classical Guitar Performance and Jazz Studies. Having had the privilege of being mentored by respected musicians of diverse styles such as Berta Rojas, Rick Whitehead, Larry Snitzler, Mark Brandt, Ken Hall, and Steve Herberman, he is a very versatile musician.
During his one year of study at the Levine School of Music, in which he studied with Berta Rojas, he acquired two distinction diplomas. He was a winner of the GMU Honors Recital in 2009-2012, and Outstanding Service Awards in the College of Visual and Performing Arts upon graduation. He has performed in various classical guitar master classes with Pepe Romero, Roland Dyens, Margarita Escarpa, Eleftheria Kotzia, Carlos Perez, and Carlos Barbosa-Lima, and has performed in the GMU Jazz Ensemble, with which he traveled to Shanghai and Beijing (China) in 2011, He has played at Blues Alley, Twins Jazz Club, the Museum of the American Indian, the National Gallery of Art, and for the Argentine Festival 2011-2013, and the Shanghai Concert Hall.
Cristian is currently active in the Metropolitan area in many different settings: as a solo guitarist, and ensembles such as: guitar duos, 2 guitars-bass, guitar-bass-drums, guitar-drums, guitar-bass, guitar-trombone, guitar-sax, guitar-steel pan, guitar-voice, etc., etc., etc....
Open to all types of private events. Very flexible and musically sensitive.
Cristian Perez (guitar),
Yana Hristova (flute)