Danilo Pérez was named UNESCO Artist for Peace

The Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, appointed the renowned Panamanian pianist and jazz composer Danilo Pérez as UNESCO Artist for Peace in a ceremony that took place on November 20, at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

Danilo Pérez was named “in recognition of his efforts to provide outreach music programmes to children living in extreme poverty in Panama, especially in his capacity as President of the Danilo Pérez Foundation, and his dedication to the ideals and aims of the Organization”.

Danilo Pérez currently directs the Berklee Global Jazz Institute at Berklee College of Music (Boston, Massachusetts), and is the President of the Danilo Pérez Foundation, which provides outreach music programmes to children living in extreme poverty in Panama.

Danilo Pérez is also the Artistic Director for the Panama Jazz Festival, which will be held from January 14 to January 19, 2013. The City of Knowledge will host the most important audition center of the Americas for admission and scholarships to some of the most prominent music schools in the world, as well as evening concerts at the Ateneo. In addition, within the City of Knowledge Central Quadrangle, the Grand Closing of the festival will be celebrated with a free outdoor concert.

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