Peter Serkin is one of the most thoughtful and individualistic musicians appearing before the public today. Mr. Serkin’s musical heritage extends back several generations: his grandfather was violinist and composer Adolf Busch, and his father pianist Rudolf Serkin. In 1958, Peter Serkin entered the Curtis Institute of Music where he was a student of Lee Luvisi, Mieczyslaw Horszowski, and Rudolf Serkin. Since then, he has studied with Ernst Oster, Marcel Moyse, and Karl Ulrich Schnabel.
In 1959, at age twelve, Peter Serkin made his debut at the Marlboro Music Festival, followed by his New York debut. Concerto performances with Eugene Ormandy and George Szell followed. Since that time, Serkin has performed with the world’s major symphony orchestras and has played chamber music with, among others, Alexander Schneider, Pablo Casals, the Budapest String Quartet, Guarneri String Quartet, and Tashi, of which he was a founding member.
Mr. Serkin’s recordings include his commissioned Piano Concerto by Peter Lieberson, recorded with the Boston Symphony, “King Gesar” with Yo-Yo Ma, and Emmanuel Ax, a world-premiere and a recording of Hans Werner Henze’s Piano Quintet with the Guarneri String Quartet, plus solo piano works written for him by Lieberson, Knussen, Henze, Berlo, Goehr, Takemitsu, and Kirchner. In this season, Peter Serkin will have been the soloist with the Boston Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic playing Takemitsu’s “Asterism” and “rivverrun” and Berg’s Chamber Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Peter Serkin is on the faculties of the Juilliard School and Curtis Institute of Music, and, in the summers, the Tanglewood Music Center. He lives in New York City with his wife Regina. He is the father of five children.
Mr. Serkin performs on Boston Records’ BR1004CD with Alfred Genovese and BR1005CD with Harold Wright.