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André Watts Suffers Wrist Injury

Cancellation Brings Back Internationally Acclaimed Pianist For Austin Symphony’s Season Opener! September 11, 2015
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(Austin, TX) The Austin Symphony received word that pianist André Watts, guest soloist for the ASO Season Opener September 18 & 19, had to cancel his engagement due to a wrist injury.

“Cancellations this close to a performance are rare but do occasionally happen,” said Executive Director Anthony Corroa. “We wish Mr. Watts a speedy recovery.” Corroa and Music Director, Peter Bay, shot the emergency flare to find a suitable replacement for the 105th season opener. “The call they received was one of excitement. The Austin Symphony proudly announced that Avery Fisher Career Grant winner Gustavo Romero will replace André Watts for its Season Opener. This will mark the first time in over 18 years Mr. Romero has performed with the ASO. He will be performing the originally scheduled Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor.

“It’s been over 30 years since I’ve worked with Gustavo,” stated Peter Bay. “He was a teenager when we performed together in Virginia and was a marvelous player.”

Mr. Romero has recorded all 5 Beethoven concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra. “I have those recordings and greatly admire his work,” added Bay. “I’m grateful to Gustavo for coming in on such short notice and I’m really looking forward to working with him once again.”

Tickets for the season opener range from $12 to $75. Student rush tickets are also available 20 minutes prior to performance for $5 cash and current student ID (subject to availability). Charge tickets online at www.austinsymphony.org where you will find seating maps, price options and a wealth of concert information. Tickets are also available at the Austin Symphony Box Office, 11th and Red River or call 512.476.6064.

ABOUT GUSTAVO ROMERO

A native of San Diego with heritage in Guadalajara, Mexico, Mr. Romero has performed with the world’s leading orchestras including: The New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Houston Symphony, The Boston Pops Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Honolulu Symphony, New World Symphony and more. He was won many prizes including first prize in the prestigious Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland and The Musical America Young Artist Award.

For the past sixteen years, Mr. Romero has performed a summer series of concerts in La Jolla, California, sponsored by the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library featuring music of one composer each year. He has presented the works of Chopin, Bach, Schumann, Schubert, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Haydn, Händel, Liszt, Debussy, Gershwin, Ravel and Rachmaninoff, the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven and Mozart, the complete four-hand and two-piano works of Mozart and piano concerti of Mozart, Beethoven and Mendelssohn conducting from the keyboard.

He has been featured by NPR, BBC Radio and Radio France. A feature film about his life and artistry was produced in 2012 by The Snapshots Music and Art Foundation: Portrait in Piano.

His recordings include works by Chopin, Mompou, Debussy, Albeniz, Scarlatti and the five Beethoven concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra.

Mr. Romero is a Professor of Piano at the University of North Texas.