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Horacio Gutierrez

  • Pianist


Horacio Gutierrez's recent engagements include returns to the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony and the Seattle Symphony. A favorite of New York concertgoers, Mr. Gutierrez has performed on numerous occasions at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall in recital and with orchestra. He has been a frequent soloist at the Mostly Mozart Festival and has appeared on its season-opening Live from Lincoln Center telecast. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with the Guarnieri, Tokyo and Cleveland quartets as well as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In 1982, he was the recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize.

Mr. Gutierrez is a strong advocate of contemporary American composers. Of special importance were his performance of William Schuman’s Piano Concerto in honor of the composer’s 75th birthday at New York’s 92nd Street Y and of Andre Previn’s Piano Concerto with the New York Philharmonic with Mr. Previn conducting. He frequently includes George Perle’s Phantasyplay on his recital programs and Mr. Perle wrote a set of nine bagatelles dedicated to Mr. Gutierrez.

Mr. Gutierrez’s Telarc recordings include Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 with Lorin Maazel and the Pittsburgh Symphony, nominated for a Grammy Award. Also available on that label are separate discs of the two Brahms Concertos, both with Andre Previn and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini with David Zinman and the Baltimore Symphony. For the Chandos label he has recorded Prokofiev’s Concertos No. 2 and 3 with Neeme Jarvi and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. His most recent recording, “George Perle: A Retrospective”, was named one of the ten best recordings of 2006 by The New Yorker. His television performances in Great Britain, the United States and France have been widely acclaimed, and won him an Emmy Award for his fourth appearance with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has also been welcomed three times by Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. A great film and theater fan, he has performed in recital with Irene Worth and Mariette Hartley.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Horacio Gutierrez appeared at the age of 11 as guest soloist with the Havana Symphony. He became an American citizen in 1967. A graduate of the Juilliard School, he is married to pianist Patricia Asher and resides in New York City.