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Horacio Gutiérrez

Horacio Gutiérrez (born August 28, 1948) is a Cuban-American virtuoso classical pianist.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Career 2
  • Television 3
  • Performance and awards 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life and education

Gutiérrez was born in Havana, Cuba, the eldest of four children, to Tomás V. Gutiérrez and Josefina Fernandez Gutiérrez. His mother was his first piano teacher, and was herself an accomplished pianist. His first formal teacher was César Pérez Sentenat. Gutiérrez began performing before audiences at four years of age, and at 11, performed as soloist with the Havana Symphony playing Haydn's D major concerto. When Fidel Castro gained control of Cuba in 1959, the family decided to leave the country together rather than send Gutiérrez abroad alone at a young age.[1]

He moved with his family to the United States in 1961, at the age of 13, and studied in Los Angeles with Sergei Tarnowsky, Vladimir Horowitz's first teacher in Kiev, and later at the Juilliard School under Adele Marcus, a pupil of Russian pianist Josef Lhévinne. He later worked extensively with American pianist William Masselos, a pupil of Carl Friedberg, who himself had studied with Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms.


He was first seen on American television in 1966, on one of the

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External links

  1. ^ Muller, Alberto, "Horacio Gutiérrez: El Mejor Pianista del Mundo", Diario de Las Americas, Oct. 20. 2007
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  9. ^ Muller, Alberto "Horacio Gutierrez, el mejor pianista del mundo," Diario Las Américas, Oct. 20, 2007
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  13. ^ Pittsburgh Symphony Radio Interview
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  17. ^ The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson episodes (1985)
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  36. ^ Platt, Russell, Classical Notes Best Of 2006, The New Yorker, January 15, 2007
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Gutiérrez is a strong champion of contemporary American composers. He has performed works by The New Yorker.[36] Perle dedicated Nine Bagatelles to Gutiérrez.[37]

  • Rachmaninoff's Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 with Lorin Maazel and the Pittsburgh Symphony. The record was nominated for a Grammy Award.
  • Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 with André Previn and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Brahms Piano Concerto No.2 with André Previn and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini with David Zinman and the Baltimore Symphony.
  • Prokofiev's Concertos No. 2 and 3 with Neeme Järvi and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The recording has been acclaimed since its initial release in 1990. Reissued as part of Prokofiev The Piano Concertos in 2009, it was Gramophone's Editor’s Choice in September (2009).[34] Bryce Morrison wrote in Gramophone Magazine, "...Gutiérrez unleashes some of the most thrilling virtuosity on record, storming the Second Concerto’s first movement development/cadenza in a manner that will make lesser pianists tremble."[35]

Gutiérrez's recordings include:

He has recorded for EMI, Telarc, and Chandos Records.[33]

He was featured in Harold C. Schonberg's work The Great Pianists: From Mozart to Present.[32]

He won an Emmy Award for his fourth appearance with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.[31]

Gutiérrez is best known for his interpretation of the Romantic repertoire. He has been highly praised for performances of the Classical style in music of composers such as Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms.[21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30]

In 1982, he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize in recognition of his musical achievements.[20]

He won the Silver Medal in the 1970 International Tchaikovsky Competition and was soon presented in major world-wide concert venues by Sol Hurok's management. After his debut recital in London, Joan Chissell, music critic with The Times (London) wrote, His virtuosity is of the kind of which legends are made.[19] He has played with major orchestras and conductors, including Lorin Maazel, Andrew Davis, Josef Krips, Mstislav Rostropovich, David Zinman, Gerard Schwarz, Andrew Litton, Kurt Masur, James Levine, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Christoph Eschenbach, Zubin Mehta, Eugene Ormandy, Valery Gergiev, Seiji Ozawa, André Previn, Erich Leinsdorf, Yuri Ahronovitch, Klaus Tennstedt, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim and many others.

Performance and awards

  • BBC "Previn Music Nights" with the London Symphony, (1975)
  • PBS Series: "Previn and the Pittsburgh," (1976)[13]
  • PBS Series: "Previn and the Pittsburgh," (1982)[14]
  • PBS Series: Live from Lincoln Center, "Mostly Mozart Festival," (1985)[15]
  • PBS Series: Live from Lincoln Center, "Chamber Music Society with Irene Worth and Horacio Gutierrez," (1986)[16]
  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, (1985), (1986) (Three appearances) [17][18]


Gutiérrez's performance career spans over four decades and he is considered by many piano connoisseurs to be one of the great pianists of the 20th century.[7][8][9] Gutiérrez suffers from bursitis and a chronic back injury.[10][11][12]

He was M.D. Anderson Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of Houston from 1996-2003.[4][5] He is currently teaching at Manhattan School of Music.[6]

He currently lives and works in the United States. He met his wife, pianist Patricia Asher, while she was studying with William Masselos and Adele Marcus at the Juilliard School.

On August 23, 1970, Gutiérrez made his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta conducting Rachmaninoff's 3rd Piano Concerto. Martin Bernheimer, music critic with the Los Angeles Times, described his first appearance with the orchestra as "spectacular." [3]


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