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Peter Serkin

Recognized as an artist of passion and integrity, the distinguished American pianist Peter Serkin has successfully conveyed the essence of five centuries of repertoire. His inspired performances with symphony orchestras, in recital appearances and chamber music collaborations, and on recordings have been lauded worldwide for decades.

Peter Serkin’s rich musical heritage extends back several generations: his grandfather was violinist and composer Adolf Busch, and his father was pianist Rudolf Serkin. He has performed with the world’s major symphony orchestras, led by such eminent conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez, Alexander Schneider, Daniel Barenboim, George Szell, Eugene Ormandy, Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle, James Levine, Herbert Blomstedt, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, and George Cleve. A dedicated chamber musician, Mr. Serkin has collaborated with Alexander Schneider, Pamela Frank, Yo-Yo Ma, the Budapest, Guarneri, Orion, Shanghai, and Dover string quartets, and TASHI (known later as the Tashi Quartet), of which he was a founding member.

An avid exponent of the music of many of the twentieth and twenty-first century’s most important composers, Mr. Serkin has been instrumental in bringing to life the music of Schoenberg, Reger, Webern, Berg, Stravinsky, Wolpe, and Messiaen for audiences around the world. He has performed many important world premieres of works written specifically for him by such composers as Toru Takemitsu, Hans Werner Henze, Luciano Berio, Leon Kirchner, Alexander Goehr, Oliver Knussen, and Charles Wuorinen. Mr. Serkin has made several arrangements of four-hands music by Mozart, Schumann, and his grandfather, Adolf Busch, for various chamber ensembles and for full orchestra. He has also arranged all of Brahms’ organ chorale-preludes, transcribed for piano four-hands.


Mr. Serkin recently performed Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations in recitals around the United States, toured Europe as a soloist with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, and appeared in Havana, Cuba, with the Bard Conservatory Orchestra. Recent summer seasons have featured engagements at the Ravinia, Tanglewood, La Jolla, Chautauqua, and Music Mountain festivals, as well as the BBC Proms, Oxford Philharmonic Piano Festival, and Bellingham Festival of Music, performing concertos, chamber music, and duo piano programs. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.

Orchestral highlights of recent seasons have included appearances with the Boston, Chicago, American, Sydney, and Saint Louis symphonies, the New York Philharmonic, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, while recital tours have taken Mr. Serkin to Hong Kong, Cologne, Philadelphia, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Santa Monica, Princeton, and New York’s 92nd Street Y.

Mr. Serkin is a visiting professor of piano at the Yale School of Music and teaches at the Bard College Conservatory of Music.