|Also known as||Maestro Aldemaro Romero
March 12, 1928|
|Died||September 15, 2007
|Genres||Venezuelan popular music, Jazz, Classical, Onda Nueva|
|Occupations||musician, pianist, composer|
Romero was a prolific composer, creating a wide range of music, such as Caribbean, Jazz, Venezuelan waltzes, including works for orchestra, orchestra and soloist, orchestra and choir, chamber music, up to symphonic works of great dimensions. He began his musical studies with his father, Rafael Romero. In 1941 he moved to Caracas and worked as pianist in nocturnal saloons and dance orchestras. In 1949 he toured in Cuba, and then went to New York. In 1952 he returned to Caracas and established his own dance orchestra. In 1951 Romero became an arranger at RCA Victor in New York. As a part of this contract, he released his record-breaking Dinner in Caracas album, the first of his Dinner In... series featuring popular Latin American music. In the United States, he collaborated with many musicians, including Dean Martin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Stan Kenton, Machito and Tito Puente, among others. He also toured extensively, performing in numerous countries: Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, France, Greece, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, Russia, Egypt and Japan. Romero is considered the creator of the Venezuelan "New Wave" (Onda Nueva) genre, derived from the joropo and Brazilian Bossa Nova.
In addition to his work in popular music, Romero was also involved in concert music. He founded the Caracas Philharmonic Orchestra in 1979, and he was its first conductor. He also guest conducted the London Symphony Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the National Radio Orchestra of Romania, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He was the father of biologist Aldemaro Romero Jr., and Ruby Romero de Issaev, producer and marketing director for Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida in Miami.
Awards granted to Aldemaro Romero include:
- Peace Prize of the Soviet Intellectuals, Moscow Cinema Festival (Soundtrack for the Simón Bolivar epic film) (1969)
- First prize in the Majorca Palms Festival
- First prize in the Olympic Games Musical Festival in Greece
- First prize in the Latin Song Festival in Mexico
- Andrés Bello, Diego de Losada, Francisco de Miranda and the Work Merit orders from the Venezuelan Government 
- National Music Prize (2000)
- Honorary degrees from the University of Carabobo and Lisandro Alvarado University of Barquisimeto (2006)
Aldemaro Romero died in Caracas on September 15, 2007, at the age of 79.
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