Pepe Romero

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"Pepe Romero - Celebrated worldwide for his thrilling interpretations and flawless technique..."

He is one of the most remarkable and proficient players in the modern era of classical guitar. Often astounding audiences with his dazzling guitar technique, Romero has obtained a mastery that is very rare indeed. Born in Malaga, Spain in 1944, he started playing the guitar at age three with his father Celdonio. Although he only ever studied guitar with his father, he did study music theory in both Spain and America.

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By the time he was fifteen Romero had moved to America with his family, he was good enough to make his first recording. Throughout his career,  he has played as both a soloist and in ensembles, especially with his family.

Romero is not only talented on classical guitar but is also a very fine flamenco guitarist. He has played in concerts the world over to great critical acclaim. (The flamenco guitar is constructed using different woods, has a thinner soundboard and a shallower body than the classical guitar. This is to help its peculiar tonal qualities of warm tone and greater "attack" than the classical guitar but leads to a shorter sustain of notes.)

Romero also gives of his talent by teaching the guitar at the University of Southern California. He has added to guitar pedagogy with a method book. Romero and his brother Angel played the first performance of Rodrigo's Concerto Madrigal for two guitars and orchestra way back in 1970.

Like many other great players, Romero has inspired guitar composers to write for him. They have been composers of the very highest quality, Rodrigo and Albeniz to name but two. His opinions and knowledge of the guitar are much sought after. As explained on his personal website...

Romero is also a leading personality in the film documentary--Shadows And Light: Rodrigo At 90, which has received numerous awards, including those from the Chicago International Film Festival, the International Emmy Awards and the San Francisco International Film Festival.

Having made over fifty recordings to date Pepe continues to create music of an unbelievably high standard. So cherished is he in his homeland of Spain that, along with his brothers, he was made a knight by King Juan Carlos I of Spain, in the Order of "Isabel la Catolica" in 2000.

Check out this great little video (It's a little raw!) of Mr Romero on Google video playing some Albeniz...

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When all is said and done, the contribution to the classical guitar in the modern era of Romero is up with the best of them. A true classical guitar giant.

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Here are a few related resources in which you may be interested...

The Art of Pepe Romero

Spanish Nights

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