For the grand finale of the 2022 season of the USA International Guitar Series, legendary Spanish guitarist Angel Romero – from the famed Romero family – will perform with rising star Korean guitarist Bokyung Byun on September 11 at the Shrine main building of the large First Congregational Church in Los Angeles.
Hailed for his superior artistry as Spain’s classical guitar maestro, Romero’s eminence in the musical world as a soloist and conductor is hailed by audiences and critics alike.
One of the most sought-after musicians of his generation, he has performed in the world’s greatest cultural centers including London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Madrid, Zurich, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, among so many others. international locations.
As a soloist, Romero has graced the stage with leading orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic and Royal Concertgebouw. And as a conductor, he has conducted many orchestras around the world, including the Pittsburgh Symphony, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Royal Philharmonic, Beijing Philharmonic, and San Diego Symphony, to n to name a few.
Whatever his role on stage, his passion, intensity and flawless mastery define him as a true master of the arts.
Romero’s extensive discography includes highly acclaimed recordings for Delos International, RCA Victor, Telarc and Angel/EMI.
In 2001 Delos released “Bella” which includes such monumental pieces as Bach’s Air on the G String, to Romero’s own father’s Tango Angelita – a composition dedicated to his late mother. In 1999 “Romero Plays Rodrigo” was released with works written for and dedicated to Angel Romero through his long and intimate relationship with the Spanish composer.
In February 2000, Romero received the highest honor the country of Spain has to offer, the Grand Cross of Isabel la Catolica and was knighted Sir Angel Romero in honor of his amazing musical achievements. And in 2007, he was honored by the Recording Academy, producer of the GRAMMY Awards, with the Recording Academy President’s Merit Award for his significant contributions to the world of music and for his professional achievements.
He is also known for his activities in the film industry. In 1989, Romero performed the entire score of “The Milagro Bean Field War” directed by Robert Redford, as one example among many.
Born in Malaga, Spain, Romero made his professional debut at the age of six and his US debut at the Hollywood Bowl at the age of 16, giving the West Coast premiere of the famous “Aranjuez Concerto by Rodgrigo. This occasion also marked the first time a classical guitarist was featured as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
He studied conducting privately with Eugène Ormandy.
Byun, winner of the 2021 Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) competition and one of the most formidable classical guitarists of the young generation, will present a wide variety of music from various nationalities and eras. From 18th century classicism and 20th century works inspired by the mastery of Andres Segovia, to the eclectic works of today. She will take us through many cultural moods and styles in a dazzling display of virtuosity, bravery and immense sensitivity.
For more information and to buy tickets, go to: https://www.usclassicguitar.org/