Andre Watts oral history, 2003 November 19
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Oral histories were conducted by archives staff and by student interviewers. Most oral histories in this series include a transcript and an audio recording on cassette. Some files may contain related information about the subject.
- Creation: 2003 November 19
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From the Collection: 4.87 Cubic Feet (17 boxes)
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From the Collection: English
Andre Watts made his concert debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of nine, and he has maintained himself since the 1960s as one of America’s leading concert pianists. Born in Germany in 1946, he moved with his family to Philadelphia, where he continued his studies with Doris Bawden and Clement Petrillo. In 1963 he earned critical acclaim with his performance of the first Liszt piano concerto with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic. The next year he undertook a world tour sponsored by the U.S. State Department. Watts studied with Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory from the late 1960s until 1974, with Watts all the while maintaining a busy concert schedule. Watts has performed with many of the world's major orchestras and has released more than 100 recordings.
Interview with Elizabeth Schaaf conducted at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore.