Peter Serkin

Biography

Born: July 24, 1947; New York, NY  
Recognized as an artist of passion and integrity, the distinguished American pianist Peter Serkin is one of the most thoughtful and individualistic musicians appearing before the public today. Throughout his career he has successfully conveyed the essence of five centuries of repertoire and his performances with symphony orchestras, recital appearances, chamber music collaborations and recordings are respected worldwide.

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Read more Serkin's rich musical heritage extends back several generations: his grandfather was violinist and composer Adolf Busch and his father pianist Rudolf Serkin.

An avid proponent of the music of many of the 20th and 21st century's most important composers, Mr. Serkin has been instrumental in bringing the music of Schoenberg, Webern, Berg, Stravinsky, Wolpe, Messiaen, Takemitsu, Henze, Berio, Wuorinen, Goehr, Knussen and Lieberson, among others, to audiences around the world. He has performed many important world premieres, in particular, works by Toru Takemitsu, Peter Lieberson, Oliver Knussen and Alexander Goehr, all of which were written for him. Most recently, Mr. Serkin played the world premieres of Charles Wuorinen's Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Boston Symphony under the baton of James Levine in Boston, at Carnegie Hall and at Tanglewood; a solo work by Elliot Carter commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival; and another work by Charles Wuorinen for piano and orchestra with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, also commissioned by Carnegie Hall. During the 08/09 season he premiered a fifth piano concerto by Mr. Wuorinen with the Met Opera Orchestra/Levine at Carnegie Hall as well as Mr. Wuorinen's new piano quintet (commissioned by the Rockport, MA Music Festival) with the Brentano String Quartet.

Mr. Serkin's recording of the six Mozart concerti composed in 1784 with Alexander Schneider and the English Chamber Orchestra was nominated for a Grammy and received the prestigious Deutsche Schallplatten as well as "Best Recording of the Year" by Stereo Review magazine. Other Grammy nominated recordings include Olivier Messiaen's Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus and Quartet for the End of Time on BMG and a solo recording of works by Stravinsky, Wolpe and Lieberson for New World Records. Read less
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  • 26.
    Peter Serkin Plays Chopin
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 37084 Release Date: 02/06/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Peter Serkin
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  • 27.
    Bartok, Schoenberg: Piano Concertos / P. Serkin, Ozawa, Chicago
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 35126 Release Date: 01/21/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Arnold Schoenberg
    Performer:  Peter Serkin
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 28.
    Schoenberg: Piano & Violin Concertos / Boulez, P. Serkin
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 88175 Release Date: 12/26/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
    Performer:  Pierre Amoyal,  Peter Serkin
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Takemitsu: Cantos / Richard Stoltzman
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 62537 Release Date: 12/26/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Toru Takemitsu
    Performer:  Richard Stoltzman,  Ida Kavafian,  Peter Serkin,  David Frost  ... 
    Conductor:  Tadaaki Otaka
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tashi,  BBC Welsh Symphony
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  • 30.
    Beethoven: The Last Six Piano Sonatas / Peter Serkin
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 122 Release Date: 09/11/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Peter Serkin
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  • 31.
    Oliver Knussen: Songs Without Voices
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 59308 Release Date: 08/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Oliver Knussen
    Performer:  Lisa Saffer,  Lucy Shelton,  Peter Serkin
    Conductor:  Oliver Knussen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
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  • 32.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 17 & 18 / P Serkin, Schneider
    Label: Rca Victrola   Catalog: 60790 Release Date: 07/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Peter Serkin
    Conductor:  Alexander Schneider
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 33.
    Schoenberg: Pelleas, Variations, Concertos / Boulez
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4699845 Release Date: 03/19/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
    Performer:  Pierre Amoyal,  Peter Serkin
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Leon Kirchner: Works For Solo Piano / Jeremy Denk, Et Al
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 906 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leon Kirchner
    Performer:  Leon Fleisher,  Peter Serkin,  Max Levinson,  Jonathan Biss  ... 
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  • 35.
    The Bach Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 685241 Release Date: 06/27/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gottfried H. Stölzel
    Performer:  Peter Serkin,  Stephen Hammer,  Ruth Waterman,  Joel Timm  ... 
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Eugene Ormandy,  Richard Kapp,  Andrea Marcon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Virtuosi  ... 
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  • 36.
    Lieberson: Rilke Songs, Six Realms, Etc / Serkin, Et Al
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9178 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Lieberson
    Performer:  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson,  Peter Serkin,  Michaela Fukacková,  William Purvis
    Conductor:  Justin Brown,  Donald Palma
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Odense Symphony Orchestra
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  • 37.
    Echo 20/21  Takemitsu: Garden Rain
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4775382 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Toru Takemitsu
    Performer:  Ursula Holliger,  Heinz Holliger,  Aurčle Nicolet,  Namiko Umezu  ... 
    Conductor:  Hiroshi Wakasugi,  Jürg Wyttenbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Basel Ensemble,  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
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    Echo 20/21 Takemitsu: A Flock Descends Into The Pentagonal Garden
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4775381 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Toru Takemitsu
    Performer:  Yonako Nagano,  Harumi Ibe,  Mari Nagasako,  Yuji Takahashi  ... 
    Conductor:  Hiroshi Wakasugi,  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Tashi
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  • 39.
    Classical Music 101 - 101 Famous Classical Themes
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63691 Release Date: 09/28/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Igor Stravinsky,  Georges Bizet,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  José Luis Garcia,  Placido Domingo,  Carlo Bergonzi,  Barry Douglas  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Fritz Reiner,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 40.
    Piano - The Most Beautiful Melodies
    Label: Reference Gold   Catalog: 4894 Release Date: 01/28/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Claude Debussy,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Serkin,  Ronan O'Hora,  Andy Vinter,  Raymond Spasovski  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw,  Carl Davis,  Jonathan Carney,  Joseph Silverstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Utah Symphony Orchestra
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  • 41.
    Inspired Bach - Music To Enhance Your Spirit
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63830 Release Date: 09/11/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Keith Jarrett,  Michala Petri,  Lars Hannibal,  Peter Serkin  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Hengelbrock,  Andrew Lawrence-King,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Enoch zu Guttenberg  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra,  Balthaser-Neumann Choir,  Harp Consort  ... 
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  • 42.
    Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas;  Schumann / Wright, Serkin
    Label: Boston Records   Catalog: 1005 Release Date: 01/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Harold Wright,  Peter Serkin
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  • 43.
    Chamber Music With Oboe / Genovese, Serkin
    Label: Boston Records   Catalog: 1004 Release Date: 01/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Martin Loeffler,  Robert Schumann,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Francis Poulenc  ... 
    Performer:  Alfred Genovese,  Burton Fine,  Robert Spano,  Peter Serkin  ... 
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  • 44.
    Musique Française / Serkin, Mcgill, Genovese, Chrisfield
    Label: Boston Records   Catalog: 1022 Release Date: 01/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erik Satie,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Theodore Lalliet,  Jacques Ibert  ... 
    Performer:  Alfred Genovese,  Peter Serkin,  Carla Chrisfield,  David McGill
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  • 45.
    Goehr: Piano Concerto, Symphony / Serkin, Knussen, Bernas
    Label: Nmc   Catalog: 23 Release Date: 09/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Goehr
    Performer:  Peter Serkin
    Conductor:  Oliver Knussen,  Richard Bernas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta,  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Op 27 No 1-2, Op 57 / Peter Serkin
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63668 Release Date: 06/06/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Peter Serkin
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  • 47.
    The Ocean Has No East And No West / Peter Serkin
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7450 Release Date: 03/28/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Wuorinen,  Peter Lieberson,  Oliver Knussen,  Toru Takemitsu  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Serkin
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  • 48.
    Triumph Of The Piano - Keyboard Classics From Bach To Bartok
    Label: Sony Classical Npr Milestones   Catalog: 60993 Release Date: 01/18/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Scott Joplin,  Béla Bartók,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Yefim Bronfman,  Eugene List,  Paul Crossley,  Philippe Entremont  ... 
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra members
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  • 49.
    Music For Two Pianos - Mozart, Reger, Busoni /Schiff, Serkin
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 465062 Release Date: 10/05/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ferruccio Busoni,  Max Reger
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Peter Serkin
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    Chopin For Relaxation
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63423 Release Date: 04/13/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Andrei Nikolsky,  Géza Anda,  Emanuel Ax,  Peter Serkin  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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