Pepe Romero is the second son of one of the greatest guitarists that ever lived—Celedonio Romero. He was born in Málaga, Spain, in 1944. By age seven, Pepe set foot on the concert stage for the first time, at the Teatro Lope de Vega in Sevilla.
Today, more than fifty years later, he continues to mesmerize audiences throughout the world. During that time, he has performed literally thousands of concerts worldwide, many with the remarkable Romero Quartet, and many as a solo instrumentalist. He has worked with almost every major contemporary conductor, and has to his credit more than 60 recordings (among which are 20 concerto recordings with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, with both Neville Marriner and Iona Brown). Pepe Romero has premiered works by some of the finest composers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Joaquín Rodrigo, Federico Moreno Torroba, Lorenzo Palomo, Padre Francisco de Madina, Paul Chihara, Enrique Diemecke, Ernesto Cordero, and, most poignantly, Celedonio Romero, have written compositions for Pepe. Always a champion of music by composers in earlier periods of music history, he has also delved into rare archives to re-explore lost pieces by Fernando Sor, Mauro Giuliani, Francesco Molino, Ferdinando Carulli, Johann Kaspar Mertz, Luigi Boccherini, and others.
In 2004 he was appointed Distinguished Artist in Residence at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. Pepe Romero holds an honorary doctorate in music from the University of Victoria, British Columbia. In June 1996, he received the “Premio Andalucía de la Música,” the highest recognition given by his native land for his contribution to art. In addition, His Majesty, King Juan Carlos I of Spain, has knighted Pepe and his brothers into the Order of “Isabel la Católica.”