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Concert pianist

André Watts, German concert pianist. Decorated Order of Zaire Congo; recipient Grammy award National Academy Recording Arts and Sciences, 1963; Lincoln Center medallion, 1974, Avery Fisher prize, 1988.


Watts, André was born on June 20, 1946 in Nüremberg, Germany. Son of Herman and Maria Alexandra (Gusmits) Watts.


Student, Philadelphia Museum Academy. Graduate, Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore. Doctorate (honorary), Yale University, 1973.

HHD (honorary), Albright College, 1975. Doctor of Music (honorary), University Pennsylvania, 1984.


  • Other Work

    • First public appearance at age 10, Philadelphia Orchestra Children's Concerts, 1955, performed with Philadelphia Orchestra, 1956, with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, 1963, European debut, London Symphony Orchestra, 1966, made world concert tour to 16 Asian and Western European cities for United States State Department, 1967, including an appearance at the Berlin Festival, Soviet Union tour with San Francisco Symphony, 1972, appearances as soloist with all major United States and European orchestras, solo tours, Europe, United States, Japan, Israel. Television appearances include Live from Lincoln Center, Great Performers series Lincoln Center, NET television Special with Zubin Mehta and Los Angeles Philharmonic, Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Casals Festival in Puerto Rico on Arts and Entertainment Network (Emmy award nomination for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Cultural Programming). Recording artist with Angel/Electric and Music Industries and Telarc labels.


Herman Watts

Maria Alexandra (Gusmits) Watts