Aldemaro Romero (March 12, 1928, Venezuela – September 15, 2007)

Aldemaro Romero was a Venezuelan pianist, composer, arranger and orchestral conductor. He was born in Valencia, Carabobo State.

Aldemaro 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, and symphonic works. 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, René Touzet, Machito and Tito Puente. He also toured extensively, performing in various countries: Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, France, Greece, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, Russia, Egypt and Japan. In the 70s Romero recorded in Italy La Onda Maxima (1972) and Onda Nueva Instrumental (1976) with bassist/arranger Pino Presti and drummer Tullio De Piscopo. 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, Aldemaro Romero was also involved in concert music. He founded the Caracas Philharmonic Orchestra in 1979, and 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 is the father of biologist Aldemaro Romero Jr., and Ruby Romero de Issaev, producer and marketing director for Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida in the USA.