One of the foremost guitarists in Houston, Director of Guitar Studies, Sam Perez has been playing the guitar since age eight. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Sam has been a promising successor to a long line of guitarists hailing from Venezuela.
He began his studies with Efrain Silva after his mother dragged him to a guitar concert. At age fourteen, Sam debuted at the Texas Music Festival. Soon after he took first prize at the Eastfield guitar competition in Dallas and has won and prized in many more competitions including ECU and Columbus State guitar symposium. He has played in many master classes for the worlds premier guitarists including Andrew Zohn, Elliot Frank, Pepe Romero, Pavel Stiedl, Judacael Perroy and Adam Holzman to name a few. His teachers include Valerie Hartzell, Isaac Bustos, Sergio Assad and David Tanenbaum at the San Francisco Conservatory where he continued his studies.
Sam has been invited to play for many music societies including The Houston Audiophile Society, Institute for Hispanic Culture, Katy Arts and the West Houston Music Festival. In 2005, he and his quartet played the world premiere of a piece commissioned by the Classical Minds Guitar Festival from composer Beau Benson. Sam has also been honored by Efrain Silva’s Estudio con Pajarillo which was dedicated to him and premiered in 2006. His passion for the classical guitar has afforded him the ability to teach and mentor many students in the Houston area in an effort to expand appreciation for the classical guitar. Sam plays on a Eric Monrad spruce top with Savarez Cantiga strings.