Concert pianist Gustavo Romero has a stellar reputation for both the technical brilliance and interpretive depth of his playing, as well as his commitment to in-depth exploration of individual composers.
For the past fifteen years, Mr. Romero has dedicated his focus toward preparing a series of concerts featuring music of one or two composers each year. So far, he has presented works of Chopin, Bach, Schumann, Schubert, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Haydn, Händel, Liszt, Debussy and Gershwin including complete piano sonata cycles of Beethoven and Mozart.
This year Mr. Romero will present works by Maurice Ravel and Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Mr. Romero, a native of San Diego with heritage in Guadalajara, Mexico, discovered his love and gift for music at age five, when being introduced to the piano of a neighbour. He started taking lessons, and gave his first public performances at the age of 10, while also winning his first piano competition. His early teachers included Ilana Mysior.
Following a recommendation by Bohemian pianist Rudolf Serkin, Gustavo moved to New York City to attend, and graduate from The Juilliard School.
At age 13, he performed with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta.
In 1983 he won the Avery Fisher Young Artist Career Grant, and in 1989 First Prize in the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland.
In 2004, Dallas radio station WRR selected one of his concerts as the best performance of the year.
In addition to concert performances, Mr. Romero serves as Professor of Piano at the University of North Texas.
While celebrating music and anniversary of Franz Liszt two years ago, Mr. Romero also completed his ambitious project of presenting Beethoven's complete piano sonatas on three continents, in seven recitals, within three years. Among other cities, performances took place in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Taipei, Bangkok, Mexico City, the University of North Texas, La Jolla and Palm Springs.
Mr. Romero was also featured at the beautifully restored Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Italy, as well as in Carmel, Oakmont, Santa Rosa and other communities in the Bay area. He also performed, for the first time, in Macau.
Highlights of the past three years include feature stories on NPR, a seven city recital tour of Japan, as well as concerts in South Africa, Asia, Mexico and the United States.
This past Fall, Mr. Romero presented a concert tour through Korea, appearances with orchestra in Bangkok, and recitals in Italy playing Schubert 4-hands works with Italian pianist Massimo Somenzi. This year he will also present piano recitals in China, Italy, and Switzerland.
Also, a feature film about Gustavo's life and artistry premièred in La Jolla, CA: Gustavo Romero: Portrait in Piano. A copy can be found at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.
In 2006, Mr. Romero performed piano concerti of Mozart in San Diego conducting from the keyboard, and Mozart duo-piano recitals in Venice and Vicenza, Italy, with Massimo Somenzi.
In the Fall of 2005, he performed duo-piano music in concert with Darío Ntaca of Argentina. In August of 2005 Mr. Romero was featured in solo recitals at Massey University (Wellington, New Zealand), Mahidol University (Bangkok, Thailand), and in a concerto performance with the Martha Argerich Sinfonietta (Buenos Aires, Argentina). Master classes were a prominent part of this tour.
In 2004, he completed a two-year Mozart cycle: The Complete Piano Sonatas, Fantasies, and Rondos as well as the Complete Four Hand and Two Piano Works with pianist Massimo Somenzi in concerts across the United States.
For Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto in A minor he was both soloist and conductor in California and Texas.
His complete traversal of Chopin's solo piano works in six sold-out concerts received numerous critical accolades, including the Los Angeles Times, which stated, "Romero showed an easy musicality, solid technical resources, a joy in illuminating miniatures and an unfeigned authority in this music in short, strong rapport with the poetic and lyric elements in the composer's art." The series was recorded for national broadcast on NPR's Performance Today.
Mr. Romero has performed as piano soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta, Houston, Boston Pops, Albuquerque, Austin, Pittsburgh, Honolulu, New World Symphonies, English Chamber Orchestra, Radio France Orchestra, Philharmonia Hungarica, New Japan Philharmonic, Shanghai Orchestra, Cape Town Philharmonic, Russian Symphony Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the Liège Philharmonic, a concert internationally broadcast from the United Nations headquarters. He has presented concerts around the globe, and appeared at major music festivals around the world.
With Koch records, Mr. Romero has recorded Chopin, Mompou, Debussy, and the five Beethoven concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra.
He maintains residences in New York City and Dallas.