Biography

Vinícius Perez was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He began his musical studies at the early age of six, playing the classical guitar.

After successfully graduating from the UFRJ-CLA with Magna cum Laude (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and the Hochschule für Musik Luzern (Luzern, Switzerland), he decided to focus his musical career on the early european plucked string instruments, with particular emphasis on the instruments from the lute family. 

This decision took him on a one-year-self-taught intense learning process, during which he had the opportunity to go through extensive literature concerning historical informed performance as well as specific lute literature, going from early 16th century publications through late 18th century manuscript sources. This enlightening journey culminated with his admission at the prestigious Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Basel, Switzerland) in the class of one of the world’s leading authorities in historical plucked string instruments Professor Hopkinson Smith. Between 2012 and 2015 he had the joy and pleasure of working with Professor Smith, who will always remain as his deepest and truest musical and poetical influence. 

Vinícius has been a well-in-demand continuo player, and has performed with the Kammerphilharmonie Graubünden, Konzert Theater Bern, Bach Collegium (Freiburg), Renate Steinmann (Zürcher Barockorchester), Ensemble La Fontaine, Jerusalem Baroque Orchester and others. 

He regularly performs as a soloist: at the 13-Course Lute, Archlute, Theorbo, as well as at the 7-Course Lute. 

His solo recording debut “The Galant Lute” is the result of both his researching works on late 18th century performance practice and style together with his desire to make it possible for the modern audience to experience the charming, galant and colorful sound of the lute through an original and yet unheard repertoire.

Photo: GJW