Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Lifestyles

April 25, 2014

Peter Nero at PAC

ASHLAND — Grammy Award-winning pianist and conductor Peter Nero will bring his unique musical style to the stage of the Paramount Arts Center on May 8.

A graduate of Julliard, his performances typically include a wide range of styles, from classical to jazz to pop to swing to blues.

As founding music director of the Philly Pops, Nero has performed with Rod Stewart. He’s been a guest performer with the Indianapolis Symphony, the National Arts Centre Symphony in Ottawa, the Charlotte Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony, among others. He was honored with lifetime achievement awards from the American Federation of Musicians and the Philadelphia Musicians’ Union Local 77, AFM. He also received the Mario Lanza Award, in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of music, in November 2009.

As a Steinway artist for nearly 50 years, he recently returned to New York’s Carnegie Hall to perform at a gala celebrating the 150th anniversary of Steinway with many noted pianists,.

Nero recorded his first album in 1961 and won a Grammy Award that year for Best New Artist. Since then, he has received another Grammy, garnered 10 additional nominations and released 68 albums. His early association with RCA Records produced 23 albums in eight years.

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