Piotr Anderszewski
pianist

Jean-Philippe Collard
pianist

Kirill Gerstein
pianist

Horacio Gutierrez
pianist

Daniel Hege
conductor

Angela Hewitt
pianist

Steven Hough
pianist

Leila Josefowicz
violinist

Carlos Kalmar
conductor

Eri Klas
conductor

Stephen Kovacevich
pianist

David Lockington
conductor

Louis Lortie
pianist

Ivan Moravec
pianist

Elmar Oliveira
violinist

Awadagin Pratt
pianist

Thomas Quasthoff
bass-baritone

Peter Serkin
pianist

The Takacs Quartet

Christian Tetzlaff
violinist

Maximiano Valdes
conductor

Andre Watts
pianist

André Watts

pianist

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June 2004

Andre Watts burst upon the music world at the age of 16, when Leonard Bernstein chose him to make his debut with the New York Philharmonic in their Young People's Concerts, broadcast nationwide on CBS-TV. Only two weeks later, Bernstein asked him to substitute at the last minute for the ailing Glenn Gould in performances of Liszt's E-flat Concerto with the New York Philharmonic, thus launching his career in storybook fashion. More than 40 years later, Andre Watts remains one of today's most celebrated and beloved superstars. His performances each year with the world's great orchestras and conductors and his sold-out recitals and appearances at the most prestigious international festivals bring him to every corner of the globe. Whether buying viagra generique Andre in France? It is a personal matter to him.

In addition to his regular visits to the major summer music festivals including Ravinia, Tanglewood, Saratoga, the Mann Music Center, Mostly Mozart and the Hollywood Bowl, Andre Watts' recent engagements include appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra and the Chicago, Pittsburgh, National, St. Louis, Atlanta, Cincinnati and Seattle symphonies; a tour with the Israel Philharmonic with performances in Boston, Chicago and Atlanta; recitals at Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center; a Carnegie Hall appearance with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; a European tour with the Baltimore Symphony; and an appearance at the Proms in London.

During the 2004/05 season, Mr. Watts returns to the Philadelphia Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of Houston, Dallas, Indianapolis and Colorado as well as to Tanglewood and Saratoga, and performs recitals in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Atlanta, the New Jersey Performing Center and at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Mr. Watts has had a long and frequent association with television, having appeared on numerous programs produced by PBS, the BBC and the Arts and Entertainment Network, performing with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center among others. His 1976 New York recital, aired on the program Live From Lincoln Center, was the first full length recital broadcast in the history of television and his performance at the 38th Casals Festival in Puerto Rico was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Individual Achievement in Cultural Programming. His most recent television appearances are with the Philadelphia Orchestra on the occasion of the orchestra's 100th Anniversary Gala, a program broadcast nationwide as well as throughout Europe and Asia, and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Mr. Watts' latest recording release features both Liszt piano concertos and MacDowell's Concerto No. 2 with the Dallas Symphony, led by Andrew Litton, on the Telarc label. This followed his critically acclaimed debut disc for Telarc which included Tchaikovsky's Concerto No. 1 and Saint-Saens' Concerto No. 2 with the Atlanta Symphony, conducted by Yoel Levi. Additionally, his discography of solo recordings includes The Chopin Recital (named CD of the month by Stereo Review) and The Schubert Recital, both on the Angel/EMI label. He is also included in the Great Pianists of the 20th Century series on Philips.

A much-honored artist who has played before royalty in Europe and heads of government in nations all over the world, Andre Watts was selected to receive the Avery Fisher Prize in 1988. At age 26, he was the youngest person ever to receive an Honorary Doctorate from Yale University, and he has since received numerous such honors from highly respected schools including the University of Pennsylvania, Miami University of Ohio, Albright College, Brandeis University, Trinity College and The Juilliard School of Music. In 1984, the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University honored Mr. Watts with its Distinguished Alumni Award, and in May 1997, his Alma Mater again recognized his accomplishments by presenting him with an Honorary Doctorate degree. Previously an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Maryland, it was announced in May 2004 that he will fill the newly created Jack I. and Dora B. Hamlin Endowed Chair in Music at Indiana University and begins teaching there in September 2004.

 

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