Recognized for his artistic passion and integrity, American pianist Peter Serkin is known as one of the most thoughtful and individualistic musicians today. Throughout his career, he has successfully conveyed the essence of five centuries of repertoire, and his performances and recordings are respected worldwide.
Peter Serkin’s rich musical heritage extends back several generations: His grandfather was violinist and composer Adolf Busch, and his father, pianist Rudolf Serkin. At the age of 11, he entered the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he was a student of Lee Luvisi, Mieczyslaw Horszowski and Rudolf Serkin. He later continued his studies with Ernst Oster, Marcel Moyse and Karl Ulrich Schnabel.
In 1959, Serkin made his Marlboro Music Festival and New York City debuts with conductor Alexander Schneider. He then received invitations to perform with the Cleveland Orchestra, led by George Szell; the Philadelphia Orchestra, led by Eugene Ormandy; and at Carnegie Hall. Serkin has since performed with the world’s major symphony orchestras under such eminent conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim, Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle, James Levine, Herbert Blomstedt and Christoph Eschenbach. Also a dedicated chamber musician, Serkin has collaborated with Alexander Schneider, Pamela Frank, Yo-Yo Ma, and the Budapest, Guarneri and Orion string quartets, and TASHI, of which he was a founding member.
Serkin is an avid proponent of the 20th and 21st centuries