Peter Serkin born in News York City in 1947 holds a singular place among today’s classical music artists, admired equally for his performance of established repertoire and as a consummate interpreter of contemporary music.
Mr. Serkin has performed with the world’s major symphony orchestras, led by such eminent conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Daniel Barenboim, Simon Rattle, Herbert Blomstedt, as well as Claudio Abbado or Pierre Boulez. In chamber music, Serkin has collaborated with Alexander Schneider, Pamela Frank, Yo-Yo Ma, and the Budapest, or Guarneri String Quartets, among others, as well as with TASHI, of which he was a founding member.
He began the 2018-2019 season with programs that reflect the dimension of his multifaceted career: a concert of late keyboard works by Mozart paired with Waldszenen by Schumann character pieces at Ravinia, Brahms’s Piano Quintet with the Dover String Quartet at the Modlin Center for the Arts in Richmond, and Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, led by Jaime Laredo.
Recent concert highlights include a tour of Japan and solo recitals in the United States. In New York’s Carnegie Hall, he performed Bartók’s Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion, and Orchestra with pianist Anna Polonsky and Orchestra Now, led by Leon Botstein. Recent seasons have included orchestral appearances with the Chicago and Boston Symphony. Mr. Serkin has appeared at leading summer festivals, among them, Ravinia, Tanglewood, and, in London, the BBC Proms.
An eloquent and persuasive advocate for the music of the 20th and 21st centuries, Peter Serkin has championed the work of Schoenberg, Webern, Berg, Stravinsky, Stefan Wolpe, Messiaen, and has given world premieres of works by Luciano Berio, Hans Werner Henze, Leon Kirchner, or Charles Wuorinen. His extensive discography ranges from a recording featuring six Mozart piano concertos, awarded the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis and acclaimed by Stereo Review as Best Recording of the Year, to the complete keyboard works of Schoenberg.
Peter Serkin’s musical legacy extends to his grandfather, the distinguished violinist Adolf Busch, and his father, the renowned pianist Rudolf Serkin who was also among his teachers at the Curtis Institute of Music.
He currently teaches at Bard College Conservatory of Music and Yale University.