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.
    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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  • 27.
    Oliver Knussen: Songs Without Voices
    Label: Erato   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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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    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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  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    Piano - The Greatest Hits
    Label: Reference Gold   Catalog: 3622 Release Date: 03/03/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  George Gershwin,  Erik Satie,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Russell Sherman,  Marian Pivka,  Raymond Spasovski,  Garrison Kent  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Slavonic Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 38.
    Wolpe: Quintet With Voice, Etc / Serkin, Knussen, Et Al
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9043 Release Date: 02/13/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stefan Wolpe
    Performer:  Stephen Taylor,  Allen Blustine,  Peter Serkin,  Jan Opalach  ... 
    Conductor:  Oliver Knussen,  William Purvis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Speculum Musicae members,  Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
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  • 39.
    Lieberson: Piano Concerto / Peter Serkin, Seiji Ozawa
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80325 Release Date: 12/08/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Lieberson
    Performer:  Peter Serkin
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 40.
    Peter Serkin - Works By Stravinsky, Wolpe, Lieberson
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80344 Release Date: 12/08/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stefan Wolpe,  Igor Stravinsky,  Peter Lieberson
    Performer:  Peter Serkin
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  • 41.
    Sheng: H'un, My Song, 3 Chinese Love Songs / Schwartz
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80407 Release Date: 12/08/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bright Sheng
    Performer:  Lucia Lin,  Paul Neubauer,  Bright Sheng,  Lisa Saffer  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Chamber Symphony
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  • 42.
    Mozart: 7 Piano Concertos, Rondos / Rudolf Serkin
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 47207 Release Date: 10/04/1991   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Rudolf Serkin,  Peter Serkin
    Conductor:  Alexander Schneider,  Eugene Ormandy,  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Marlboro Festival Orchestra
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  • 43.
    Chopin - Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60830 Release Date: 09/06/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Robert Leonardy,  Peter Serkin,  Géza Anda,  Emanuel Ax  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 44.
    The Best Of Chopin
    Label: Rca Victrola   Catalog: 60770 Release Date: 06/06/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  John Browning,  Peter Serkin,  Géza Anda,  Emanuel Ax  ... 
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  • 45.
    Messiaen: Quartet For The End Of Time / Serkin, Stoltzman
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 7835 Release Date: 08/11/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Olivier Messiaen
    Performer:  Peter Serkin,  Ida Kavafian,  Fred Sherry,  Richard Stoltzman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tashi
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