Luis Manuel Peralta
Luis Manuel Gonzales Peralta began playing the piano when he was seven years old, learning to play the second movement of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata just a few months after his first lesson. The son of a Xicana punk drummer, and a Mexican National, Luis Manuel follows in the footsteps of his great grandfather, pianist, Alfonzo Rojo Gonzales, and is drawn to Latin, jazz, and classical music. A student at Oakland School for the Arts, he has played solo, in ensembles, in the big band, and last spring for Robert Downey Jr. at the Governor’s Ball. At the age of fifteen, Luis Manuel is a fearless improviser who gigs outside all over the bay area. Luis Manuel recently performed as the soloist for Alex Conde’s Flamenco Piano Concerto with the Oakland Youth Orchestra.