Tuned in concert Greenwich CT. January 1974
Peter Nero has built an impressive reputation as a composer, symphony conductor and arranger, in addition to his career as a virtuoso pianist. His solid musicianship, innovative programming and warm informal stage presence have won him a loyal and enthusiastic audience. Throughout the year Peter travels around the country with two virtuoso colleagues, Mike Barnett (bass), and Steve Pemberton (drums) who make up the Peter Nero Trio. Mr. Nero is currently Music Director and Conductor of The Philly Pops. He also holds similar posts in Florida.
His association with RCA Records produced 23 albums in eight years, eight Grammy nominations, and two Grammy Awards. His subsequent move to Columbia Records resulted in two additional Grammy nominations, as well as a million-selling gold single and album, Summer of '42, now available on CD. Cashbox Magazine named him the world's Number One instrumentalist. He recently produced two new albums, and a recording featuring his arrangements for piano and big orchestra.
Now under contract to Pro Arte Records, Nero has recently recorded three new discs with full symphony orchestra. The first release featured his arrangements of current Broadway hits from such Tony Award winning shows as City of Angels, Aspects of Love, Gypsy, Cats and Les Miserables. The second, Classic Connection, includes Night and Day, by Cole Porter, Take the A Train by Duke Ellington and Peter's spectacularly arranged Suite of Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story. The third features music from the 60's, 70's, and 80's including the special Peter Nero touch for such favorites as MacArthur Park, My Way, Saturday Night Fever and New York, New York.
The Brooklyn-born musician started his formal music training at the age of 7 and by the time he was 14, he attended the High School of Music and Arts and won a scholarship to the Julliard School of Music. Constance Keene wrote in the current issue of Keyboard Classics that "Vladamir Horowitz was Peter's Greatest Fan." He began performing on television at a very early age. One of his major national successes came at age 18 when he was chosen to perform Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue on Paul Whiteman's TV special. He subsequently appeared on the top variety and talk shows.
Nero starred in the NBC award-winning 'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous, 'S Gershwin and has been hailed as the premiere interpreter of Gershwin. In fact, his colleague Mel Torme commented, "Peter Nero's piano interpretations of Gershwin are unique and glorious. He is a one of a kind artist." In the Radio City Music Hall CBS-TV Special Tribute to the American Constitution, Mr. Nero composed the opening work which involved 500 performers and symphony orchestra. He starred in Piano Pizzazz on PBS-TV, appeared on the Dick Clark Special on CBS-TV and performed with Washington, D.C.'s National Symphony on the July 4th special also for PBS-TV entitled A Capitol Fourth. He continues to give his buddy Regis Philbin piano lessons on Regis and Kathie Lee, a syndicated national talk show.
With over 100 recital and symphony concerts each season, Nero also finds time to tour with his trio for such engagements as his appearance at Radio City Music Hall in New York with Frank Sinatra. In addition to stops in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe, the Peter Nero Trio recently had two, week-long sold out runs at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City. His Chock Full O' Nuts coffee commercial is receiving heavy national television airing. He has also been a frequent guest at the White House performing for every president since 1961.
Mr. Nero has performed in a number of movies including Sunday in New York, for which he composed the score and title song. Other compositions include His World, Blue Fantasy and The Diary, based on the writing of Anne Frank, which includes 15 original songs combining rock and traditional music. Producer Sheldon Saltman recently heard Mr. Nero's orchestral version of The Diary and is moving ahead with plans to develop it for Broadway. He has received many honors throughout his career, but two of the most cherished are the Honorary Doctorate from his Alma Mater, Brooklyn College, and the International Society of Performing Arts Presenters Award for "Excellence in the Arts."
When not touring around the world, Peter makes his home on the east coast of the United States. He has two children Jedd, a real estate entrepreneur who lives in New York; and a daughter, Beverly, who is pursuing an acting career in Hollywood. Both children have made him a grandfather. He has a full recording studio in his home, and his interest and expertise in the world of computers put him on par with many professionals. In fact, he has served as spokesperson for and has been a friend of the Tandy Corporation since 1976. He's never without his laptop computer which he uses to run all the business aspects of his career, constructing concert programs, and for communicating with his many friends and fans via e-mail and the internet. He is such an avid computer enthusiast that he owns the first PC ever built, the famous Tandy TRS80 Model 1 which bears the serial number being 26. Because of the scarcity of available software at that time, Peter studied the Basic programming language and to this day still uses 3 of the programs that he wrote specifically dedicated to his career.
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