André Watts, pianoAndré Watts burst upon the music world at the age of 16 when Leonard Bernstein chose him to make his debut with the New York Philharmonic in their Young People's Concerts, broadcast nationwide on CBS-TV.  Only two weeks later, Bernstein asked him to substitute for the ailing Glenn Gould in performances of Liszt's E-flat Concerto with the New York Philharmonic, thus launching his career in storybook fashion.  More than 50 years later, André Watts remains one of today's most celebrated and beloved superstars.

A perennial favorite with orchestras throughout the U.S., Mr. Watts is also a regular guest at the major summer music festivals including Ravinia, the Hollywood Bowl, Saratoga, Tanglewood, Eastern Music and the Mann Music Center. Recent and upcoming engagements include appearances with The Philadelphia Orch­estra, the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics, and the St. Louis, Atlanta, Detroit, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis and National symphonies.

A much-honored artist who has played before royalty in Europe and heads of government in nations all over the world, André Watts received a 2011 National Medal of Arts given by the President of the United States. In June 2006, he was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl of Fame to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his debut. At age 26, Mr. Watts was the youngest person ever to receive an Honorary Doctorate from Yale University and he has since received honors from the University of Pennsylvania, Brandeis University, The Juilliard School of Music and his Alma Mater, the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University.

Previously artist-in-residence at the University of Maryland, Mr. Watts was appointed to the newly created Jack I. and Dora B. Hamlin Endowed Chair in Music at Indiana University in May 2004.

André Watts last appeared with the BSO in May 2012, performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, with Marin Alsop conducting.