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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  • 51.
    20/21 - Takemitsu: Quotation Of Dream, Etc / Knussen, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453495 Release Date: 02/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Toru Takemitsu
    Performer:  Timothy Lines,  Sebastian Bell,  Rebecca Hirsch,  Joan Atherton  ... 
    Conductor:  Oliver Knussen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
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  • 52.
    Messiaen: Visions de l'amen / Serkin, Takahashi
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68907 Release Date: 02/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Olivier Messiaen
    Performer:  Peter Serkin,  Yuji Takahashi
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  • 53.
    Brahms: The Violin Sonatas / Pamela Frank, Peter Serkin
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 455643 Release Date: 11/10/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Peter Serkin,  Pamela Frank
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  • 54.
    ...In Real Time - Berio, Goehr, Henze, Et Al / Peter Serkin
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68189 Release Date: 08/30/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leon Kirchner,  Peter Lieberson,  Toru Takemitsu,  Luciano Berio  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Serkin
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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    Bach: Inventions, Sinfonias / Peter Serkin
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68594 Release Date: 02/11/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Peter Serkin
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  • 57.
    Lieberson: King Gesar / Lieberson, Ebrahim, Ma, Serkin, Ax
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 57971 Release Date: 10/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Lieberson
    Performer:  Deborah Marshall,  Peter Serkin,  Omar Ebrahim,  András Adorján  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Lieberson
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  • 58.
    Isaac Stern - A Life In Music - Berg: Violin Concerto, Etc
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64504 Release Date: 07/25/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alban Berg
    Performer:  Peter Serkin,  Isaac Stern
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra members,  New York Philharmonic
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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    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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  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    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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  • 66.
    Marlboro Fest 40th Anniversary- Mozart: Piano Concertos, Etc
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 46255 Release Date: 10/10/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Madeline Foley,  Jaime Laredo,  Rudolf Serkin,  Peter Serkin
    Conductor:  Alexander Schneider
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Marlboro Festival Orchestra
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  • 67.
    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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