André Watts learned early on the importance of fortitude.
The German-born, Philadelphia-raised pianist had learned the Haydn D-major Concerto so he could compete to perform in the Orchestra’s Children’s Concerts. A prodigy he may have been, but he was still a nine-year-old kid. “I didn’t know anything about the illustrious history of The Philadelphia Orchestra or the reputation connected to it. I was doing what my mother and teacher told me to do,” he said.