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Pelican International Music Competition for Young Artists

Antoinette Perry

Antoinette Perry, born into a family of professional musicians, gave her first public performance
at the age of four. Since then she has concertized extensively throughout the United States,
Germany, France, England, and in over 15 cities of the People’s Republic of China. She has been
heard often on NPR and the Bravo! Channel, and has recorded for the Crystal, Harmonie, Pacific
Rainbow, Pacific Serenades, Excelsior, and Navona/PARMA labels. Her two solo albums,
“Beethoven Bookends,” and “Moments Musicaux” are available on all major online platforms
under the Navona LIVE/PARMA label (released 2021 and 2022).
Le Dauphine Libéré has lauded her “irreproachable technique” and “a musical comprehension
which could only belong to one of the Greats.” Germaine Vadi of Les Affiches de Grenoble et du
Dauphine wrote :  “One felt oneself to be in the presence of a great pianist---an absolute art of
nuance, her subtle touch, and finally her perfect musical understanding, which permits her to
assimilate the music of all cultures.” The LA Times has praised her “exceptional artistry” (Bruce
Burroughs), her “superb Schubert in every respect” (Albert Goldberg), and, in a performance
with the LA Mozart Orchestra: “The centerpiece was Mozart’s Piano Concerto in G, K. 543, in a
wonder of pertinent, pointed musicality…expressive…richly detailed…”(John Hanken).
Artist-faculty Emeritus at the Aspen Music Festival and School, Ms. Perry performed in over 100
concerts during her 25-year tenure. Other festivals include Bravo!International, Lansum
International, Zhengzhou International, Saarburg International, Idyllwild Arts Academy,
Chamber Music Sedona, Ojai Festival, Taipei International, 20 th Century Unlimited in Santa Fe,
and the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, among others.
As a young artist she was one of only two women representing the United States (seven women
world-wide) in the 6 th Van Cliburn International Competition (1981) and subsequently received
a fellowship to the Berkshire Music Festival at Tanglewood. A highlight of her later career was
the opportunity to perform the Mozart Double and Triple Concerti with Leon Fleisher,
Katherine Jacobson,, and the Aspen Chamber Symphony, to commemorate the Aspen Music
Festival’s 150 th anniversary and Leon Fleisher’s 75 th birthday.
As a chamber musician, Ms. Perry has collaborated with many of the world’s greatest artists,
including John Perry, Leon Fleisher, Brooks Smith, Ralph Kirshbaum, Ronald Leonard, David
Shifrin, Eugene Fodor, Henri Temianka, Joachin Valdepenas, Carol Wincenc, and actors Michael
York and Walter Matthau. She has performed with members of the American, Chicago,
Cleveland, Emerson, Juilliard, Angeles, Paganini, Sequoia and Takacs String Quartets, with
concertmasters of the Chicago Symphony, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Hague
Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Baltimore Philharmonic, and the
Orpheus, Los Angeles and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestras, as well as principals of the New York
Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, the Gulbenkian and Zurich Tonnehalle
Orchestras, the Toronto and San Francisco Symphonies, and the LA, Stuttgart and Saarbrücken
Operas. Other collaborators were faculty members at Juilliard, Eastman School, Manhattan
School, Peabody Institute, Beijing Central Conservatory, Seoul National University, Glenn Gould

Conservatory in Toronto, R.D. Colburn School, the Shepherd School at Rice, and the Universität
der Künste in Berlin. In LA she collaborates regularly with members of the USC and UCLA
faculties and well as with prominent film industry musicians.
She also enjoys bringing new music to audiences, having premiered works by Michael
Patterson, Roger Bourland, Mark Carlson, Steven Christopher Sacco, John Steinmetz, Bevan
Manson, Donald Keats, Roland E. Curb and Chikako Iverson.
Ms. Perry served on the UCLA piano faculty for 12 years before joining the faculty of the
University of Southern California Thornton School of Music in 1996, where she currently
teaches. She has given over 200 master classes, most notably at the Eastman School of Music
and as artist-in-residence for a week at the Beijing Central Conservatory. Former students are
enjoying successful careers as performers and pedagogues throughout the United States,
Europe and Asia. The California Association of Professional Music Teachers awarded her their
2021 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Her wonderful teachers have included John Perry, Carlo Zecchi, Gilbert Kalish, Richard Goode,
Danielle Martin and Richard Angeletti. As a child she was surrounded with the beautiful, rich
sounds of her pianist mother, Lillian Haslach Teddlie, her bass-baritone father, Paul Krueger,
and later her step-father, baritone Antonio Perez.
She is the proud mother of Sean, Maureen and Michael Perry, and currently lives, hikes, reads
and practices yoga in Altadena, California. She shares with them the Lifetime Achievement
Award presented her in 2021 by the California Association of Professional Music Teachers.

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