Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 3:00 PM
MOZART Adagio in B minor, K. 540
MOZART Sonata in B-flat, K. 570
BACH Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Born into an legendary musical family (his father was pianist Rudolf Serkin and grandfather violinist Adolf Busch), Peter Serkin has earned a reputation in his own right as an artist of great passion, insight, and curiosity. His studies at the Curtis Institute, begun when he was eleven, were primarily with Lee Luvisi, Mieczyslaw Horszowski, and Rudolf Serkin. At the age of 19, he was awarded the Grammy Award for Best New Classical Artist/ Most Promising New Classical Recording Artist. Somewhat of a rebel in his twenties, when he briefly left the field of music, he has long since moved to the forefront of the international music world, performing with a long list of foremost soloists, conductors, and orchestras. Similarly, his vast chamber music collaborations read like a Who's Who of musical celebrities, among them Yo-Yo Ma, Pamela Frank, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Andras Schiff, Richard Stoltzman, the Guameri and Budapest String Quartets, and TASHI (now Tashi Quartet), of which he was a founding member. Over his long career, he has delved deeply into five centuries of repertoire and become a well-known advocate of new works of the 20th and 21st Centuries, many of which he commissioned and premiered. Not surprisingly, his extensive discography covers a wide gamut of musical periods. His recording of the six Mozart concerti composed in 1784 with Alexander Schneider and the English Chamber Orchestra was nominated for a Grammy, received the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, and was named 'Best Recording of the Year' by Stereo Review. More recent recordings include the complete solo piano works of Arnold Schoenberg. A committed teacher as well as performer, Serkin has taught at Juilliard and Curtis, and is currently on the faculty of Bard College Conservatory.
"The qualities of mind, fingers and spirit that make him such a supreme interpreter of new and 20th Century music are the qualities that make him so satisfying a Bach and
Beethoven pianist too."
- Chicago Tribune
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