Peter Serkin, piano
Peter Serkin is one of the most revered and individualistic musicians in the world of classical music. Serkin’s rich musical heritage extends back several generations: his grandfather was violinist and composer Adolf Busch and his father pianist Rudolf Serkin. In 1958, at age 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 and invitations to perform with the Cleveland Orchestra and George Szell in Cleveland and Carnegie Hall and with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Eugene Ormandy in Philadelphia and Carnegie Hall soon followed. He has since performed with the world’s major symphony orchestras with 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. His concerts explore a catholicity that is unmatched by his peers; in his programs, the works of Messiaen, Takemitsu, Wuorinen and Lieberson figure alongside seminal works by Schoenberg, Webern, Beethoven, Chopin and Bach.
Throughout his distinguished career, Peter Serkin has been a committed mentor to young musicians. He has taught at the Curtis Institute, the Juilliard School, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Presently, he serves on the faculties of Mannes College, Bard College, and the Longy School of Music. As Distinguished Artist in Residence, Serkin works with a small group of advanced Longy conservatory piano majors approximately four times a year. This study is in addition to regular lessons with their primary studio teacher. Students are selected at the recommendation of their primary studio teacher and the Department chair.