Romero, Aldemaro, 1928-2018

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Aldemaro Romero Zerpa, (Valencia-Venezuela, 1928. Caracas 2007).

Composer, arranger, and pianist Aldemaro Romero was an innovator of Venezuelan music, contributing to its increased visibility on the international scene. His musical career started at the age of 10, singing and playing the guitar on the radio program, La Hora Infantil. In 1941, Romero moved to Caracas and started working as a piano accompanist and composer with one of the most famous tropical bands in Venezuela, Alfonso Larrain's orchestra. In 1948, Romero traveled to New York to work as arranger and piano accompanist for the record label RCA Victor. In 1952, he began the famous sequel of recordings titled Dinner in… (Caracas, Rio, Buenos Aires, Columbia and Mexico).

The following constitute the most important achievements of his career:

. Foundation of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Caracas.

. The creation of onda nueva.

. Conductor of the London Symphony, English Chamber, Royal Philharmonic.

. Two Honoris Causa.

. Winner of the Premio Nacionales de Cultura in Venezuela in 2000.

. Winner for film music in Moscow Cine Festival for epopeya para Bolivar.

His most important works are:

Orchestra: An American Collage (1976); Canto a España (1981); Suite de las Tres Campañas (1983); Cuarteto Latinoamericano par Saxofones (1977); Requien para Bolival (1983); Tres Temas Venezolanos.

Songs: Amiga mia; Caretera; Cimarron; De Conde a Prinipal, De Pola a Pola; De Repente; Dona Cuatricentenaria; Dona Mentira; El Catire; El Negro Jose; Poco a Poco; It Never Ends; Retrato de Hombre Solo; Tonta, gafa y boba.

Other compositions: La epopeya de Bolivar (1969); Suite andaluza (1973); Oratoria a Bolivar (1975); Sute para cuerdas (1976); Ave Maria (1979); Cinco fugas para cinco coros (1980); Obertura Gintana.

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