Sat October 17, 2009
Pianist Andre Watts
Jill speaks with the legendary Andre Watts, who will be in recital at the Kimmel Center on November 1st performing works by Schubert and Liszt. The acclaimed pianist burst upon the music world back in 1963 at age 16, when Leonard Bernstein chose him to make his debut with the New York Philharmonic in its Young People's Concert, broadcast nationwide on CBS-TV. Only two weeks later, Bernstein asked him to substitute at the last minute for an ailing Glenn Gould to perform music by Franz Liszt with the Philharmonic, thus launching Watts' career in storybook fashion.
More than 40 years later, Watts remains one of today's most celebrated and beloved pianists. In addition to giving sold-out recitals and performing with most of the world's great orchestras and conductors, he makes regular visits to the major summer music festivals, including Philadelphia's Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Ravinia, Tanglewood, Saratoga, Mostly Mozart, and the Hollywood Bowl.