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Athenaeum Summer Festival 2014
with pianist Gustavo Romero

Gustavo Romero

We are pleased to announce our dates for our 16th Athenaeum Summer Festival. Celebrated pianist Gustavo Romero [www.GustavoRomero.com] returns this summer for a four-part concert series, celebrating the composer Beethoven. Please join us.

All concerts begin at 4 p.m. with dinners immediately following in a private home or at the Athenaeum Music & Art Library. Concerts take place at The Scripps Research Institute, located at 10640 John Jay Hopkins Dr., La Jolla, CA 92037.


Sundays at 4 PM
July 6, 13, 20, & 27


" Romero seizes live music and composers by the lapels."
- Cathy Robbins, Voice of San Diego

In the spring of 1976, a talented young San Diego pianist gave his first public performance as part of the Monday noon Mini-Concert series at the Athenaeum. Gustavo Romero was only eleven years old at the time, but had already established a reputation for his extraordinary talent and musicianship. After that early concert, the pianist performed with the New York Philharmonic at the age of 13, the Boston Pops Orchestra at 16, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at 18. After graduating from the Juilliard School of Music, Romero was the 1989 winner of the prestigious Clara Haskil Piano Competition in Switzerland, and this opened Europe to him. Since then, the pianist has played with other leading orchestras including Radio France Orchestra, Philharmonia Hungarica, and the Liege Philharmonic, with which he appeared on tour and in a concert internationally telecast from the United Nations. He has also appeared at major festivals including New York's Mostly Mozart Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Montpellier Festival in France, and the Montreux Festival in Switzerland. As a recitalist, Romero is in demand throughout the world. Since 1999, the Athenaeum has presented Romero’s “cycles,” devoted to specific composers, for which he is now widely known. Since Gustavo had memorized all of Chopin’s music, Erika Torri saw the opportunity to create a signature event to commemorate the library’s 100th anniversary. Following the Athenaeum anniversary performance, Gustavo took his ambitious Chopin series to New York’s Alice Tully Hall, where he headlined a three-hour marathon, featuring over two dozen American pianists and honoring Chopin's 150th anniversary.

Athenaeum Summer Festivals

1999 Chopin
2000 Bach
2001 Beethoven
2002 Beethoven
2003 Mozart
2004 Mozart
2005 Schubert
2006 Schumann

2007 Brahms
2008 Ten Years, Seven Composers, One Pianist
2009 Haydn and Mendelssohn
2010Frédéric François Chopin
2011 Franz Liszt
2012 Debussy and Gershwin
2013 Ravel and Rachmaninoff
2014 Beethoven

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