George Perris was born in Athens in 1983, to a Greek father and a French mother. At a very early age, Perris decided he wanted to become a singer, and began studying piano. From the age of 14, he began to seriously pursue performing, and at age 18, the famous Greek composer Mimis Plessas discovered his talent and invited him to tour all over Greece and Cyprus.
His first solo album “My New Day” (EMI) was released shortly thereafter, featuring compositions by the famous Stefanos Korkolis (who most recently composed the music for the 2011 Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympic Games). It included a Greek version of “Caravane”, Raphael’s major European hit, which was chosen for a compilation album by RF (Radio Française) and featured on over 350 international radio stations. Perris’ song was one of 20 that included world-renowned artists such as Natacha Atlas and Patricia Kaas.
He continued to perform jazz with Mimis Plessas, and participated on the album “Mimis Plessas & The Jazz Quartet”. Perris went on to perform at some of the most prestigious concert halls in Greece and Cyprus (Megaron Mousikis, The Pallas Theatre, The Theatre at Lecabettus, and Zoom to name a few).
2008 was a turning point for Perris. He was a featured artist at the Athens Arena International Music Festival hosted by acclaimed tenor Mario Frangoulis, singing duets and appearing with many international artists such as Lara Fabian, Lucio Dalla, Justin Hayward, Madeleine Peyroux, and Frances Ruffelle. These performances were recorded and released on two CDs entitled, “Mario Frangoulis & Friends 1… What a Wonderful World” and “Mario Frangoulis & Friends 2… It Makes the World Go Round” and certified Platinum.
At the same time, his second album, “Perno Anasa” (“I Take A Breath”) was released by SonyBMG. This album was very personal, as Perris wrote most of the songs, establishing himself not only as a talented singer, but also as a songwriter with great promise.
2009 got off to a great start with two sold-out concerts in Cyprus dedicated to French Song at the Rialto theatre. He also appeared for the first time in London at Cadogan Hall with Oxford’s Philomusica Orchestra.
In the late spring, Perris was invited by The Greek Institute in Boston, USA to present two solo performances: “George Perris: Greece, A Musical Journey” at the Stuart Street Playhouse; and “George Perris”, an international show at the world-famous Ryles Jazz Club where he sang in English, French, Greek, Spanish and Portugese, taking the audience by storm.
In the summer of 2009, George participated in three concerts in Cyprus dedicated to the world-acclaimed Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis at the ancient Curium theatre in Limassol.
This was followed by a series of concerts in Turkey at the Kuruçesme Arena in Istanbul for an audience of 6,000, and in Bodrum and Izmir as a special guest of Mario Frangoulis.Next page
In the fall of 2009, the international francophone star/diva Lara Fabian invited George to perform as a guest artist on her European tour. Perris opened for her concerts in France and Belgium. The highlight of the tour was when Perris sang to audiences of over 10,000 at the famous Zenith theatre in Paris. Attendees included two of Perris’ major musical influences – Charles Aznavour and Nana Mouskouri who praised the young artist for his powerful debut performance on a truly international stage. As a result, Perris became the first artist of his generation to be featured in Greece’s most prestigious publications and newspapers.
Immediately following Lara Fabian’s tour, Perris was invited to perform in St. Petersburg, Russia, at the Smolny Cathedral.
In the spring of 2010, George performed in a series of concerts in the USA entitled, “The Light of Greece.” These special events were designed to place a spotlight on the great poets and composers of Greece throughout the ages. The series included three sold-out performances in Chicago, New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center, and at the world-famous Sanders Theatre at Harvard University.
In May, George returned to Russia for two performances: one with the Kiev Symphony Orchestra, and the second, in St. Petersburg with the Presidential Symphony Orchestra.
Prior to returning to Greece to take on a major artistic challenge, Perris made an impromptu trip to Montreal, Canada at the invitation of acclaimed composer and pianist Stephan Moccio to perform with him at the legendary Place des Arts in a sold-out performance.
TThe artistic challenge presented to Perris in the summer of 2010 was his significant role in the world premiere of an adaptation of Aeschylus’ “Prometheus Bound.” He performed (with no microphone!) the challenging and complex “Spiritual March” by internationally renowned Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis. The performance – held at Pergamon in Turkey – was co-sponsored by Greece and Turkey to support improved relations between the two countries. It was the first time in 2,500 years a performance had been presented in this theatre. Perris received rave reviews from the international press.
In the fall of 2010, Perris joined Emma Shapplin, Alessandro Safina and Olivia Gorra on stage for a major international music and cultural festival in Chihuahua, Mexico, accompanied by the Chihuahua Symphony Orchestra.
2010 ended with Perris’ participation on a CD of original children’s stories set to music, featuring Greece’s top artists entitled, “The Wing of the Dragon.”
2011 has been a year of significant live performances and collaborations. George was again the invited guest star by composer Stephan Moccio, who played piano with the Niagara Falls Symphony Orchestra, in a sold-out performance in Toronto, Canada. Upon his return to Greece, Perris performed with internationally known soprano Deborah Myers in Athens at the Badminton Theatre. The performance was filmed and broadcasted on Greek national television.
This was followed by the recording and release of a new international single – “Humana” which was adapted into an a cappella piece by the international a cappella group, “Women of the World” featuring George Perris as the solo male voice.
Perris returned to Turkey in the summer of 2011 for another major performance at the Harbiye open-air theatre alongside Mario Frangoulis.
In the late fall of 2011, George was asked to participate in a special performance – a tribute to the man who discovered him, and one of his early mentors – Mimis Plessas. It had been 9 years since they had performed together and shared the stage.
2012 was a great year for Perris. He completed recording “Un souhait”, his first French album, which was released in Canada in April and globally on iTunes. The songs were written especially for him by some of the biggest songwriters in French music [Stephan Moccio, Matt Herskowitz, Jean-François Breau, Marc Dupré, Steve Marin, Frédérick Baron, Marie-Jo Zarb]. A special feature of the album is his wonderful duet with the world-famous Lara Fabian, who also wrote a song especially for George!
In June, Perris performed alongside Mario Frangoulis, Hayley Westenra and Alkistis Protopsalti at the Boston Symphony Hall with the legendary Boston Pops Orchestra conducted by Keith Lockhart.
The same concert was performed at the ancient Herod Atticus Theatre in Greece, under the Acropolis.
In the autumn of 2012, George performed in St. Louis with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Baker and soon thereafter, he toured Canada with his first solo concert series, the “Un Souhait Tour” in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Magog and Quebec City.
George completed his musical journey in 2012 with live performances around the world before returning to Greece, where he released a new «Live» album, artistically directed by the great Greek singer Alkistis Protopsalti. The album includes songs performed live by Perris in various concerts in Greece, Canada and Turkey between 2009 and 2011.
Finally, George Perris is engaged to a cause that is very important to him personally: the Horatio Alger Association (www.horatioalger.com), a non-profit organization that offers scholarships to underprivileged young students facing adversity and for which George Perris is an International Ambassador.
As George says, “Music, for me, is like a beautiful rainbow with many colors… it knows no nationalities, no barriers, no frontiers. Because music has its own language: the language of love, of freedom, of the dream, but above all, of hope”.Previous page