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, recital appearances, chamber music collaborations and recordings are equally valued 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. He has performed with the world’s major symphony orchestras with such eminent conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez, Alexander Schneider, Daniel Barenboim, George Szell, Claudio Abbado, Eugene Ormandy, Simon Rattle, James Levine, Herbert Blomstedt, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and George Cleve. Also a dedicated chamber musician, Mr. Serkin has collaborated with Alexander Schneider, Pamela Frank, Yo-Yo Ma, the Budapest, Guarneri, Orion and Shanghai String Quartets and TASHI, of which he was a founding member.
An avid exponent of the music of many of the 20th and 21st century’s most important composers, Mr. Serkin has been instrumental in bringing to life the music of Schoenberg, Webern, Berg, Stravinsky, Wolpe, Messiaen, Takemitsu, Henze, Berio, Wuorinen, Goehr, Knussen and Lieberson to audiences around the world. He has performed many important world premieres which were written specifically for him, in particular, works by Toru Takemitsu, Hans Werner Henze, Alexander Goehr, Oliver Knussen, Charles Wuorinen and Peter Lieberson.
Mr. Serkin’s orchestral appearances during the 2014-2015 season include Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 19 with the San Francisco, Chicago and Dallas Symphonies, Bartók Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Florida Orchestra. In April 2015, he offers the world premiere of a new piano concerto from Pulitzer Prize- and MacArthur Fellowship-winning composer Charles Wuorinen, with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Mattias Pintscher. Mr. Serkin gives solo recitals in New York, Sydney, Brisbane and New Haven at Yale University, and joins the Orion String Quartet in works by Brahms, Dvorák, Reger and Schoenberg (arranged by Webern) at the Ravinia and Toronto Summer Music Festivals and Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. He continues to explore a diverse repertoire palate with eminent as well as emerging artists and this season enjoys collaborations with cellist Fred Sherry and pianist Julia Hsu.
Orchestral highlights of recent seasons have included the Boston, Chicago and Saint Louis Symphonies, New York Philharmonic and Scottish Chamber Orchestra, while recital tours have taken Mr. Serkin to Philadelphia, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Santa Monica, Princeton and New York’s 92nd Street Y. Recent summer festival appearances have included BBC London Proms, Tanglewood, Aldeburgh, Chautauqua and Denmark’s Oremandsgaard Festival.
Mr. Serkin currently teaches at Bard College Conservatory of Music and the Longy School of Music. He resides in Massachusetts with his wife, Regina, and is the father of five children.