Andre Watts has cancelled the Philadelphia Orchestra before, but this time he has a serious cause. He was diagnosed three weeks ago with prostate cancer.
‘It’s Andre’s wish that we be straight about that,’ said his manager Linda Marder.
Andre, 70, got his career break in 1963 when Leonard Bernstein asked him to step in at Carnegie Hall for a cancelling Glenn Gould. He went on to make numerous recordings for Gould’s label, CBS.
He has enjoyed a prolific concert career and is professor at Indiana University in Bloomington.
The Philadelphia Orchestra have called in Lukas Vondracek, winner of the Queen Elisabeth prize, to take over Rachmaninov’s third concerto.