Cecilio Perera was born in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. He is among the most outstanding guitarists of the younger generation. He began guitar lessons with his brother Pedro Perera and went on to study with Ricardo Vega at the José Jacinto Cuevas Music School. From 1999 to 2005 he studied at Xalapa University of Music (Mexico) with Consuelo Bolio and Alfredo Sanchez. His concert activity has taken him to perform solo recitals and appear as soloist with leading orchestras in many countries, Mexico, the United States, Canada, Cuba, Costa Rica, Belize, Austria, Germany, Bulgaria, Russia, France, Estonia, Finland, Slovenia, Spain and Italy. He has made many appearances on radio and television. He made his Carnegie Hall début recital at Weil Recital Hall in New York in February 2012. He graduated at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg under the direction of Eliot Fisk and Ricardo Gallén, where he also studied the lute and early music with Hans Brüderl and modern music with Simone Fontanelli. His repertoire ranges from renaissance to contemporary music, as well as chamber music with voice, piano, flute, string quartet and other combinations. He is currently assistant professor to his mentor Eliot Fisk at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria. His many awards include first prize at the 2011 44th Michele Pittaluga International Guitar Competition at Alessandria, at the 2008 Villa de Petrer VII International Guitar Competition José Tomás, at the American III Boston International Guitar Competition in 2008, at the Salzburg Mozarteum Chamber Music Competition in 2007, and at the Leo Brouwer International Guitar Competition in Havana in 2004, as well as other prizes awarded in Spain, Cuba, America and Mexico.