JAVIER PERIANES

LARA ST. JOHN

The international career of Spanish pianist Javier Perianes has led him to perform in the most prestigious concert halls, with the world’s top orchestras, collaborating with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Charles Dutoit, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Gustavo Dudamel, Sakari Oramo, Yuri Temirkanov, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Long Yu, Simone Young, Vladimir Jurowski, Josep Pons, David Afkham and Daniel Harding, and appearing at festivals such as the BBC Proms, Mainly Mozart, Lucerne, La Roque d’Anthéron, Grafenegg, San Sebastian, Granada and Ravinia. Described by The Telegraph as “a pianist of impeccable and refined tastes, blessed with a warmth of touch,” Perianes was awarded the National Music Prize in 2012 by Spain’s Ministry of Culture and was named International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) Artist of the Year in 2019.

In the 2018/19 season, Perianes returned to the London Philharmonic Orchestra to perform a Beethoven cycle over two consecutive evenings at the Royal Festival Hall after a Spanish tour with conductor Juanjo Mena. He also performed Beethoven on tours in Australia and New Zealand, as well as touring the United States performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, culminating with a return to Carnegie Hall in New York.

In addition to Mozart and Beethoven, Perianes performed works by Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Grieg, Falla and Bartók with orchestras such as Gewandhausorchester Leipzig with Marin Alsop, Toronto Symphony with Han-na Chang, Orchestre de Paris and Bergen Philharmonic with Klaus Mäkelä, St. Louis Symphony with Gustavo Gimeno, San Francisco Symphony with Pablo Heras-Casado, Milwaukee Symphony with Matthias Pintscher, Konzerthausorchester Berlin with Antonio Méndez, Gävle Symphony with Jaime Martín in Sweden, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Tampere Philharmonic with Santtu- Matias Rouvali, the BBC Scottish with Thomas Dausgaard, and the Czech Philharmonic with Louis Langrée in his return to the Prague Spring Festival.

In recital, Javier Perianes undertook an extensive European tour that brought him to cities such as London, Paris, Frankfurt, Oslo, Lisbon, Istanbul, Essen, Barcelona and Madrid, with a programme comprising works by Chopin, Debussy and Falla.

Perianes is a natural and keen chamber musician and plays with a variety of partners. He has recently collaborated with artists such as Tabea Zimmermann at the National Auditorium in Madrid and the Beethoven Haus in Bonn, and the Quiroga Quartet on a tour of Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands, as well as recording Debussy’s Sonata for Cello and Piano for harmonia mundi in his first collaboration with Jean-Guihen Queyras.

Previous seasons’ highlights have included concerts with the Wiener Philhamoniker, Royal Concertgebouw, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago, Boston and San Francisco Symphony orchestras, Oslo, London, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonia Orchestra, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Danish National, Washington National, Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian Radio Orchestras, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony and Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal.

Recording exclusively for harmonia mundi, Perianes has developed a diverse discography ranging from Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Grieg, Chopin, Debussy, Ravel and Bartók to Blasco de Nebra, Mompou, Falla, Granados and Turina. His recording of Grieg’s Piano Concerto and a selection of Lyric Pieces was described as “a new benchmark” by Classica, which awarded it a “Choc”; it was also Editor’s Choice in Gramophone and Maestro in Pianiste magazine. His “elegant survey” and “brilliant performance” (The New York Times) of Mendelssohn’s Songs without Words also earned him the “Choc” by Classica and his inclusion in Gramophone’s Top 10 Mendelssohn recordings. His recording of Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain and selected solo works also received Classica’s “Choc” and Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice, in addition to a Latin Grammy nomination. His latest albums include sonatas D.960 and D.664 by Franz Schubert, described as “a true lyric gift” (Gramophone), and Piano Concerto No. 3 by Béla Bartók with the Münchner Philharmoniker and Pablo Heras-Casado.


The piece demands of its soloist an elusive blend of expressive confidence, subtlety, and poetry. Happily, the pianist Javier Perianes, here in his BSO debut, had these qualities in abundance.
— The Boston Globe