Internationally Accomplished Guitarist Joins Columbus State as Visiting Scholar

Guitarist Carlos PerezCOLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State University has selected an internationally respected classical guitarist as its 2011 Elena Diaz-Verson Amos Eminent Scholar in Latin American Studies.

Chilean guitarist Carlos Pérez joined Columbus State Jan. 4 and is serving through March 5 in this role, coordinated by the university’s Center for International Education and Schwob School of Music.

Described in Classical Guitar magazine as “a master guitarist with true star quality,” Pérez will give a recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The event will mark a return to the Legacy Hall stage, as Perez participated last February in Columbus State’s annual Guitar Symposium

Schwob School of Music professor and symposium director Andrew Zohn, also widely respected as a classical guitarist, described Pérez as among the world’s best. “Of (Pérez’s) generation, he is among a handful of truly gifted artists who time will single out as one of the major names of the genre.” 

Perez performs -- YouTube videoA professor at the University of Chile, Pérez has given lectures and master classes around the world and will teach “An Introduction to the Music of Latin America” and “Performance in Latin American Music” during his Columbus State appointment.

Pérez has captured top prizes in international performance competitions from 1996 to 2006 around Europe and America. He has issued eight CDs and is featured in a pair of DVDs, Guitarra Clásica and Concierto de Aranjuez.

The late Elena Diaz-Verson Amos provided funds establishing the eminent scholar endowment in 1998.

Previous Amos Scholars have represented various academic disciplines and include Heberto Padilla, Paul Little, Guillermo Martinez, Oscar Monteza, Eduardo Gomes, Karen Stothert, Hildegardo Córdova-Aguilar, Max Lifchitz and Roberto Sifuentes.

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