The San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) today announces the appointment of guitarist Judicaël Perroy to its faculty. Perroy comes to SFCM from France, where he has taught at the National Academy of Aulnay-sous-Bois and at the Pôle d'Enseignement Supérieur de la Musique en Seine–Saint-Denis–Île-de-France, among other institutions.
“Following the retirement of the great Sérgio Assad from our guitar faculty, we are thrilled to welcome the world-renowned guitarist Judicaël Perroy as the new SFCM guitar professor,” says SFCM Guitar Department Chair David Tanenbaum. “Besides being a master player at the top of his generation, Judicaël has had unprecedented success as a teacher, having taught five recent first prize winners of the guitar world’s most important competition, the GFA, after having won the competition himself. Judicaël’s dedication to both playing and teaching at the highest level makes him a perfect fit here.”
“I've known SFCM since coming to the US for the first time 20 years ago, and this makes me even more honored to be part of the team of teachers and of this school with such a rich history,” says Judicaël Perroy. “This is why I am so excited to be part of it.”
Judicaël Perroy is known around the world as both a performer and pedagogue. Frequently in demand as a teacher, he has given master classes at many of the top universities and conservatories in the US and abroad. Perroy’s students have won several top prizes in regional, national, and international competitions, including the Guitar Foundation of America Competition.
Perroy is the recipient of numerous awards, including the First Prize at the 15th Guitar Foundation of America International Competition and Convention (an accolade that also allowed him to tour the United States and Canada, giving more than 60 concerts and master classes), Second Prize at the International Guitar Competition of Ile de France, and both Grand Prize and Audience Prize at the 15th Concours René Bartoli. He also was awarded the First Prize at the 7th International Bourg-Madame Competition and, upon graduation, received the highest placement in his class at the Paris Conservatory.
Perroy’s performances in France have been broadcast live on France Musique and he has released a number of albums on Naxos, Mel Bay, Bayard Musique, and additional labels, performing the works of Bach, Ponce, Rodrigo, and many others.
In addition to Perroy joining the guitar faculty and beginning his own studio in Fall 2017, jazz guitarist Julian Lage will also begin teaching at SFCM in the fall as a member of the Conservatory’s new Roots, Jazz, and American Music (RJAM) program.