Saturday, October 8, 2016, 8:00 pm
Pasadena Presbyterian Church, 585 E. Colorado Blvd.
purchase tickets $30, $40 & $50
artist website: peperomero.com
All Spanish Program featuring works by Tarrega, Torroba, Turina & Romero.
One of the most celebrated and versatile musicians of his generation on any instrument, the Spanish-born guitarist Pepe Romero has enjoyed a varied and illustrious career. Together with his father, the legendary Celedonio Romero, and his brothers Celin and Angel, Pepe established the Romeros Quartet—the “Royal Family of the Guitar”—as the leading guitar ensemble in the world. Known for classical performances of dazzling virtuosity, compelling interpretations, and flawless technique, Pepe is also a passionate advocate of the traditional flamenco of his native Andalusia. He has appeared as featured soloist with the world’s greatest orchestras and ensembles, in collaboration with the most celebrated conductors and composers. Since his first recording, Flamenco Fenómeno!, released when he was only fifteen, Pepe has made more than sixty recordings, including over forty concertos with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, conducted by Sir Neville Marriner and Iona Brown. Among his recent releases are Torroba: Guitar Concertos I, the first in a series of recordings for NAXOS of the complete guitar concertos by Federico Moreno Torroba. Soon to be released as a DVD is a historic live performance of “Concierto de Aranjuez” with Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos conducting the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. A new Spanish solo collection entitled Spanish Nights (which includes a premiere recording of Suite Madrileña No.1 by Celedonio Romero) was released by Deutsche Grammophon. In November 2012 Pepe Romero received a Latin Grammy Nomination for “Best Classical Album” for his recording of Concierto festivo by Ernesto Cordero.
In 2004, Pepe Romero was named Distinguished Artist in Residence at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music; he also teaches master classes at USC, in the Salzburg Summer Academy, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, and the Córdoba Guitar Festival. Among other honors, Pepe has been knighted into the Order of “Isabel la Católica;” awarded honorary doctorates in music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of Victoria; and the “Premio Andalucia de Música,” the highest recognition given by his native land for contribution to the arts. Pepe is featured in the award-winning film documentary Shadows and Light: Joaquín Rodrigo at 90; the Romeros have been the subject of biographical documentaries on PBS television and the German television channel NDR. In 2007, the Romeros received the President’s Merit Award from the Recording Academy, producers of the Grammy Awards, for their significant contributions to the music world and professional career achievements.