De Larrocha, a 12-time Grammy-nominated pianist who has been performing since he was 15 years old, has announced he is retiring from performing at the age of 46.
“It has been a tough road but I am blessed to be able to do what I love,” De Larrosa told Billboard.
“I love the music, and I love my family.
I feel very fortunate to have lived a life that has given me so much to offer the world.”
De Larra, who has performed with some of the most acclaimed names in the music industry, said that he had been playing for nearly 25 years.
“After playing in the trenches with The Band for so many years, it is a joy to see the music grow,” he said.
“We have a very long history, and it is exciting to see it all grow.”
The musician said that while he is sad to be retiring from the stage, he has been blessed with a life of joy.
“This is a very special time,” De Larocha said.
De Lararocha is the fifth musician to retire from the piano, following David Lee Roth, David Byrne, and the late Jerry Cantrell.
The Grammy-winning pianist said that his retirement will bring a sense of relief to the musicians he has played with.
“The musical community has been very supportive of me over the years, and now, as a pianist in my final years, I have found my calling,” he told Billboard in an email.
“Now, I am free to focus on what I truly love and my family.”
De Lorocha said that when he was a young musician, he could not afford a piano.
“When I was a kid, I would not have gotten one,” he recalled.
“And I would have to work in my dad’s shop to get one.
Now, I get to share the piano with people I love and have known for over 20 years.”
De Lacrochos career began in the 1980s with his first album, A Life in a Pianist, which he released in 1986.
The pianist was awarded the Grammy for Best Piano Solo Performance for his solo work on his 1981 debut, My Favorite Things.
In the same year, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
De Lerocha later performed with many of the same musicians on his albums, including Billy Joel, The Rolling Stones, The Supremes, and The Who.
He has also performed with the likes of Tom Petty, The Beatles, The Eagles, and Bon Jovi.
In 1991, De La Roca announced his retirement from performing in public.
“In 2017, I wanted to leave the world a little bit brighter than when I started, so I decided to take a little break and let the piano be my own,” he wrote in a statement.
“Thank you for your continued support, I hope you are all enjoying my music and your company.”