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Peter Nero
Peter Nero
(born Bernard Nierow, May 22, 1934) is an American pianist and pops conductor.[1]

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1 Early life 2 Career 3 Awards and honors 4 Personal life 5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] Born in Brooklyn, New York,[1] as Bernard Nierow, he started his formal music training at the age of seven. He studied piano under Frederick Bried. By the time he was fourteen, he was accepted to New York City's High School of Music & Art and won a scholarship to the Juilliard School of Music.[1] Constance Keene, his teacher and mentor, once wrote in an issue of Keyboard Classics, "Vladimir Horowitz was Peter's greatest fan!" He graduated from Brooklyn
Brooklyn
College in 1956. Career[edit] Nero recorded his first album under the name of Bernie Nerow in July 1957 under the Mode label MOD-LP117 which shows his technical virtuosity in the jazz genre. Nero recorded an album in 1961, and won a Grammy Award
Grammy Award
that year for "Best New Artist." Since then, he has received another Grammy, garnered ten additional nominations and released 67 albums. Nero's early association with RCA Victor
RCA Victor
produced 23 albums in eight years. His subsequent move to Columbia Records resulted in a million-selling single and album – Summer of '42. His first major national TV success came at the age of seventeen when he was chosen to perform Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue
Rhapsody in Blue
on Paul Whiteman's TV Special. He subsequently appeared on many top variety and talk shows including 11 guest appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, and numerous appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

Nero and Ethel Merman
Ethel Merman
on The Bell Telephone Hour in 1964.

Hailed as one of the premier interpreters of Gershwin, Nero starred in the Emmy Award-winning NBC Special, S'Wonderful, S'Marvelous, S'Gershwin (1972).[2] Other TV credits include performances on PBS-TV Piano Pizzazz and with the National Symphony in Washington, D.C. on its July 4 special titled A Capitol Fourth. Nero served as music director and pianist for the PBS-TV special The Songs of Johnny Mercer: Too Marvelous for Words (1997) with co-stars Johnny Mathis, Melissa Manchester
Melissa Manchester
and many members of The POPS.[3] In 1963 Nero composed and performed the musical score for the major motion picture Sunday in New York. The title song has been recorded by over two dozen vocalists and the score was nominated for both a Golden Globe and Hollywood Reporter Award.[citation needed] He also made an appearance in the film alongside Jane Fonda, Rod Taylor, and Cliff Robertson. In the film, Jane Fonda's character gave her brother (Robertson) a Nero recording, in what was probably a form of product placement. Nero has worked with a long list of notable musicians including Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Andy Williams, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Diane Schuur, Johnny Mathis, Roger Kellaway and Elton John. Nero's recordings include albums with symphony orchestras: On My Own, Classical Connections and My Way. He recorded Peter Nero
Peter Nero
and Friends where he collaborated with Mel Torme, Maureen McGovern
Maureen McGovern
and Doc Severinsen and others. Nero's latest albums, Love Songs for a Rainy Day and More in Love, focus on romantic themes. By popular demand, four of his earlier recordings have been reissued. He most recently appeared on Rod Stewart's album As Time Goes By: The Great American Songbook, Volume II. Awards and honors[edit] In a Keyboard Magazine interview, Ray Charles
Ray Charles
was asked who his favorite pianist was. " Art Tatum
Art Tatum
could play anything he wanted to," Charles replied, "...and Peter Nero
Peter Nero
[also] plays his buns off!" Nero's long list of honors include six honorary doctorates, the most recent from Drexel University
Drexel University
in 2004, and the prestigious International Society of Performing Arts Presenters Award for Excellence in the Arts. He is also included on historic Walks of Fame in Philadelphia
Philadelphia
and Miami, Florida. In 1999 he received the Pennsylvania Distinguished Arts Award from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge; previous honorees include Marian Anderson, James Michener, Andrew Wyeth
Andrew Wyeth
and Riccardo Muti. In 2009 Nero was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Federation of Musicians.[4] Nero is the founding music director of the world-renowned Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, of which he is currently artistic director. Personal life[edit] Nero is active in many charitable causes, including the funding of school music programs, fundraising for the building of new arts centers across the country, and research on cancer, dystonia and autism. Nero favors Steinway concert grand pianos. He is the father of two children, Beverly and Jedd, and has two grandchildren, Robert and Nicole. He's currently in the process of moving to The Villages active adult community in Florida. References[edit]

^ a b c "Peter Nero: Artistic Director and Conductor of The Philly Pops". Retrieved July 5, 2010.  ^ S'Wonderful, S'Marvelous, S'Gershwin on IMDb ^ The Songs of Johnny Mercer: Too Marvelous for Words on IMDb ^ " Peter Nero
Peter Nero
& Philly Pops Present Winding Around the '60s and '70s 5/12-16". Broadway World. May 12, 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-17. 

External links[edit]

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Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best New Artist

Bobby Darin
Bobby Darin
(1960) Bob Newhart
Bob Newhart
(1961) Peter Nero
Peter Nero
(1962) Robert Goulet
Robert Goulet
(1963) The Swingle Singers
The Swingle Singers
(1964) The Beatles
The Beatles
(1965) Tom Jones (1966) No award given (1967) Bobbie Gentry
Bobbie Gentry
(1968) José Feliciano
José Feliciano
(1969) Crosby, Stills & Nash (1970) The Carpenters
The Carpenters
(1971) Carly Simon
Carly Simon
(1972) America (1973) Bette Midler
Bette Midler
(1974) Marvin Hamlisch
Marvin Hamlisch
(1975) Natalie Cole
Natalie Cole
(1976) Starland Vocal Band
Starland Vocal Band
(1977) Debby Boone (1978) A Taste of Honey (1979) Rickie Lee Jones
Rickie Lee Jones
(1980) Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross
(1981) Sheena Easton
Sheena Easton
(1982) Men at Work
Men at Work
(1983) Culture Club
Culture Club
(1984) Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi Lauper
(1985) Sade (1986) Bruce Hornsby
Bruce Hornsby
and the Range (1987) Jody Watley
Jody Watley
(1988) Tracy Chapman
Tracy Chapman
(1989) Milli Vanilli
Milli Vanilli
(1990; withdrawn) Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
(1991) Marc Cohn
Marc Cohn
(1992) Arrested Development (1993) Toni Braxton
Toni Braxton
(1994) Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow
(1995) Hootie & the Blowfish (1996) LeAnn Rimes
LeAnn Rimes
(1997) Paula Cole
Paula Cole
(1998) Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill
(1999) Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera
(2000) Shelby Lynne
Shelby Lynne
(2001) Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys
(2002) Norah Jones
Norah Jones
(2003) Evanescence (2004) Maroon 5
Maroon 5
(2005) John Legend
John Legend
(2006) Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood
(2007) Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse
(2008) Adele
Adele
(2009) Zac Brown Band
Zac Brown Band
(2010) Esperanza Spalding
Esperanza Spalding
(2011) Bon Iver
Bon Iver
(2012) Fun (2013) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (2014) Sam Smith (2015) Meghan Trainor
Meghan Trainor
(2016) Chance the Rapper
Chance the Rapper
(2017) Alessia Cara
Alessia Cara
(2018)

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