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Celin Romero

Celin Romero

Celin Romero was born on November 28, 1936, in Málaga, Spain and is the elder son of Maestro Celedonio Romero and Angelita Ines Romero. Upon reaching the age of two or three, Celin Romero began learning the guitar from his father, the legendary Celedonio Romero in his native Spain and had made his debut in Spain by the time he was seven years old at the Radio National de España. In 1957 the family moved to the United States and, Celin with his father and brothers began performing as a quartet. The unique combination of matching techniques, individual brilliance, breathtaking precision, and perfect musical understanding, consistently dazzled audiences and inspired enthusiastic praise from critics from coast to coast. Celin’s father Celedonio Romero died in 1996, but with two of the next generation (Celin’s son Celino and Angel’s son Lito) joining the quartet, the extraordinary family musical tradition that he helped founding is secure for years to come. To have so many virtuosi of the same instrument in one family surpassing three generations is unprecedented in the musical world.

Despite his busy concert schedule Celin Romero has held positions as a Professor of Music and Guitar at the University of California, San Diego, and San Diego State University. Music students from Istanbul, Belgrade, Düsseldorf, Moscow, etc. are seeking the expertise of Maestro Celin Romero. Many of his students have become successful themselves. Further more, Celin Romero has been several times invited as judge for the NEA (National Endowment for the Arts).

In February 2000, Juan Carlos I, King of Spain, knighted Celin and his brothers with the "Gran Cruz de la Orden de Isabel de la Cathólica". The father Celedonio had received his knighthood several years earlier. It is fair to say that never before in history this honor was given so numerous times to the same family. As a member of The Romeros, he has been invited to play at the White House, has performed at the Vatican for Pope John Paul II, and has performed for His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sophía of Spain, and Queen Beatrice of Holland.

Celin’s voluminous discography as one of the Romeros spans the history of music from the Renaissance to the present. They have inspired distinguished composers such as Joaquín Rodrigo, Federico Moreno Torroba, Morton Gould, Father Francisco de Madina, and others, to contribute works for guitar quartet. Celin has performed in every major city in the United States, Europe, and the Far East, and with virtually every major symphony orchestra in the United States. In most recent tours of Europe and the Orient, virtually all of forty concerts were sold out, and one, in Taipei, was attended by over 10,000 people. The fall season of 2000 included tremendously successful concerts in New York’s Carnegie Hall and Metropolitan Museum, Seoul, Istanbul, etc. Their frequent television appearances include the Tonight and Today shows and many PBS specials, including Evening at the {Boston] Pops. June 2001, KPBS/PBS has released nationwide a documentary about the family spanning all three generation of performing Romeros.

The year 2001 included two lengthy tours in Europe, numerous concerts in the US, the premier and recording of the new "Concerto de Cienfuegos" by Lorenzo Palomo in Seville, Spain with Maestro Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. The 2001-2 season finds Celin as a member of "The Romeros" performing in every corner of the United States. Orchestral engagements include the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Tacoma Symphony, the Philadelphia Chamber Soloists & Symphony, the San Diego Chamber Orchestra and San Diego Symphony. The Quartet will also be found playing recitals in major cities around the US including New York, Washington DC, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Charlottesville,etc.

 

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