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The guitarist Pepe Romero has been honoured by kings, heads of state, and major institutions, but his most important contribution has been to communicate the richness and beauty of the classical guitar to millions of people throughout the world. He has, indeed, become an ambassador of classical music, and, correspondingly, of the classical guitar. He is the second son of the great guitarist Celedonio Romero, and brother of the two guitarists Celin and Angel Romero. Born in Málaga in 1944, by the age of seven, he had appeared on the concert stage for the first time, at the Teatro Lope de Vega in Sevilla. More than fifty years later, he continues to mesmerise 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. He has worked with almost every major conductor, and has to his credit more than sixty recordings, among which are twenty concerto recordings with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, with both Neville Marriner and Iona Brown. Pepe Romero has given premières of works by some of the finest composers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and Joaquín Rodrigo, Federico Moreno Torroba, Lorenzo Palomo, Padre Francisco de Madina, Paul Chihara, Enrique Diemecke, Ernesto Cordero, and, most poignantly, Celedonio Romero, have written compositions for him. Always a champion of music by composers from earlier periods of music history, he has also delved into rare archives to re-explore lost pieces by Fernando Sor, Mauro Giuliani, Francesco Molino, Ferdinando Carulli, Johann Kaspar Mertz, Luigi Boccherini, and others. Amid many honours and distinctions Pepe Romero holds an honorary doctorate in music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of Victoria, British Columbia. In June 1996 he received the Premio Andalucía de la Música, the highest recognition given by his native country for his contribution to the arts. In addition His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain knighted Pepe Romero and his brothers into the Order of Isabel la Católica.

For more information, please visit www.peperomero.com.

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