Erick Peralta is a versatile musician with a special appreciation for all styles of music, permitting him to keep open ears for the development of music, while still keeping in mind tradition and history. From an early age, Erick was exposed to various styles of music thanks to his father, such as Afro-Cuban, Afro-Peruvian, and Latin Pop music. Classically trained from 6 years old, he began playing professionally at the age of 15, then branching out in the San Francisco Bay Area with various jazz, rock, latin jazz, and salsa groups.
Following his studies at the SF Community Music Center and the Jazzschool in Berkeley, he’s had jazz studies with late pianist Ray Santisi, Laszlo Gardony, Danilo Perez, Ed Tomassi, Nando Michelin, Tia Fuller, David Santoro, as well as with Papo Lucca from Sonora Ponceña, and Oscar Hernandez of SHO. Now a graduate from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Erick currently resides in the city of San Francisco. Past notable performances include performances with multi Grammy winners Luis Enrique, Susana Baca, and Alejandro Sanz; as well has shared the stage/worked with artists such as Pedrito Martinez, Bayonics, Oscar Stagnaro, Calixto Oviedo, Ismael Miranda, Tony Vega, Tito Nieves,, La Sonora Ponceña, NG2, Karl Perazzo, Richie Zellon, Ray de la Paz, Grupo 5, La India, and more.
Erick has taken part performing in various festivals and venues, such as: San Jose Jazz Festival, the Latin Grammy Awards, Fillmore Jazz Festival, San Francisco International Salsa Festival, The Regency Ball Room, Berklee Performance Center, Boston Convention Center, and the Beantown Jazz Festival.
Along with performing, Erick works in composing and arranging in jazz, pop, and latin music. Currently he is working on several projects, including his own project featuring original jazz compositions for various ensembles.
Always having been a strong advocate for music education, Erick forms part of the faculty at SF Community Music Center, as well serves as a private music teacher in his home studio, teaching piano in styles such as Jazz, Classical, Latin, R&B, and Pop, as well as music theory, composition, and arranging.