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José Miguel Pérez-Sierra Biography

Born in Madrid, he studied piano with José Ferrándiz, a Claudio Arrau’s disciple. After that, he undertook studies of musical virtuosity and phenomenology and got his higher degree early as 16 years old.

He has attended Masterclasses given by Colin Metters & Gianluigi Gelmetti. He works as assistant to Gabriele Ferro at San Carlo of Naples, Massimo of Palermo, Teatro Real Real in Madrid. From 2004 works as assistant for Alberto Zedda, and from 2009 is appointed assistant director in Valencia’s Placido Domingo Young Artist Program.

He made his professional debut as a conductor in 2005 with Galicia Symphony Orchestra, that has invited him often in the following seasons. In 2006 Pérez-Sierra made his international debut conducting Il Viaggio a Reims in the Rossini Opera Festival of Pesaro becoming the youngest conductor in the Festival history.  Invited again at the Pesaro’s Rossini Festival in 2011, he has been again acclaimed in “La Scala di Seta”. After 2013, he conducts all the years en el Festival Rossini of Bad Wildbad.

Later, he conducts La Traviata in Pamplona, Norma in Palma de Mallorca, in Valencia (Palau de les Arts), L’ Italiana in Algeri in Las Palmas, L’ Elisir d’ Amore in Oviedo (Campoamor Theatre), Rigoletto in Tenerife (2011), “Il Trovatore” in Palma de Mallorca (2012), “L’Elisir d’Amore” in Bilbao (ABAO 2012), “Madama Butterfly” in Pamplona, Wagner in Palma de Mallorca (1rst act Walküre & 3d act Götterdämmerung), Donizetti’s “Maria Stuarda” in Bilbao with Sondra Radvanovski, “Cenerentola” in Metz, “Il Trovatore” in Pamplona, “L’occasione fa il Ladron” en Trieste, Bellini’s “I Puritani” in two different productions in Bilbao and in Santiago de Chile, “Madama Butterfly” in Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago and, his debut at the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona in “Madama Butterfly” with Roberto Alagna.

In symphonic he regularly conducts the best spanish orchestras: Palau de Arts Valencia, Madrid, Navarre, Castile and Leon, Galicia, Gran Canaria, Oviedo, Euskadi, RTVE Radio / Television. In November 2016, he debuts with the Orquesta Nacional de España.

We should also mention Il trittico et Turandot in Opéra de Metz with the Nacy Opera Orchestra, La Bohème at the Opéra de Reims, Falstaff at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste, Il Turco in Italia in Santiago de Chile, La Sonnambula and Barbiere di Siviglia in Bilbao. In 2016 Lucrezia Borgia in Bilbao, Adelson e Salvini of Bellini in the Teatro Pergolesi de Jesi and prestigious concerts with Mariella Devia,  Ainhoa Arteta, M. Pizzolato, M. Mirono, Leo Nucci… In 2017 he conducts Manon Lescaut in the Teatro M. Bellini of Catania, Lucia de Lammermoor in Mahón, La Cenerentola in Santiago de Chile and Opéra de Montréal, Il signor Bruschino in the Opéra de Strasbourg.

In 2018 he will return to the Teatro Real de Madrid in concert with Mariella Devia and to the Teatro de la Zarzuela with Maruxa (A. Vives). He will conduct Turandot in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, I Barbiere di Siviglia in Santiago de Chile, Tancredi in Bari, L’equivoco stravagante in Wildbad… Also he will conduct two Rossini concerts at the Theâtre des Champs Elysée of Paris, and will debut at the Opéra de Marseille with La Donna del Lago in a concert version.

In 2019 several projects are planned as El barberillo de Lavapies, Carmen, Rigoletto et Tosca.

His discography has a monographic CD of Illarramendi by SONY (symphonies 4 and 9) with the Euskadi Symphony Orchestra and two recitals with the NAXOS house: one with the tenor Maxim Mironov and the second with the mezzo Marianna Pizzolato. Also available on DVD Manon Lescaut recorded at the Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania.

Just released at the beginning of 2018 his last two recordings: Adelson e Salvini de Bellini (Bongiovani) and Ricciardo e Zoraïde de Rossini with the NAXOS house.