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Celebrated worldwide for his thrilling interpretations and flawless technique, guitarist Pepe Romero is constantly in demand for his solo recitals and performances with orchestra. His contributions to the field of classical guitar have inspired a number of distinguished composers to write works specifically for him, including Joaquí­n Rodrigo, Federico Moreno Torroba, Rev. Francisco de Madina, Lorenzo Palomo and Celedonio Romero. Born on March 8, 1944, in Málaga, Spain, Pepe Romero is the second son of "The Royal Family of the Guitar", The Romeros. His father, the legendary Celedonio Romero, was his only guitar teacher. His first professional appearance was in a shared concert with his father when Pepe was only seven years old. Now, more than fifty years later, he continues to mesmerize audiences throughout the world.  During that time, he has given literally thousands of concerts worldwide, many with the remarkable Romero Quartet, and many as a solo instrumentalist. Mr. Romero has worked with almost every major conductor alive and has to his credit more than 60 recordings. A biographical documentary about the Romeros appeared on PBS in 2001 entitled "Los Romeros, the Royal Family of the Guitar," and 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.

"Mr. Romero's sizzling, detailed performance fully captured the form's improvisatory, fiery spirit."

-New York Times

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Pepe Romero, guitar
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Pepe Romero, guitar

Date: Friday, February 21, 2014 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Milan: Fantasí­a XVI
Mudarra:   Fantasí­a X "on the Harp of Ludovico"
Sor: Fantasia in D Minor
Guiliani: Variations on "I bin a Kohlbauern Bub"Op. 49
TárregaGran jota
C. RomeroSuite madrileí±a
Falla: Homenaje: Le tombeau de Debussy
Rodrigo: Sonata a la Espaí±ola 
Torroba: Aires de la Mancha
Turina: Fantasí­a Sevillana

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Pepe Romero, guitar

Date: Friday, January 20, 2012 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Milan: Fantasí­a XVI
Sanz: Danzas espaí±olas [Arr. P. Romero]
Sor: Variations on a theme from Mozart's Magic Flute, Op. 9 [Arr. P. Romero]
Tárrega: Capricho írabe
Tárrega: Gran jota
Rodrigo: Fandango
Torroba:  Sonatina
Turina: Fantasí­a Sevillana, Op. 29
Albéniz: Leyenda, from Suite espaí±ola, Op. 47, No. 5 [Arr. P. Romero]
Albéniz: Rumores de la Caleta, Op. 87 [Arr. P. Romero]
C. Romero: Fantasia Cubana

San Francisco Chronicle

“Dashing off scales and melodic figures with impressive panache, Romero brought a winning technical virtuosity to everything he played.”

New York Times

“Mr. Romero's sizzling, detailed performance fully captured the form's improvisatory, fiery spirit.”

Los Angeles Times

“Romero draws you into the music.”

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