Peter Serkin, piano
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/James Levine in Boston, at Carnegie Hall and at Tanglewood as well as a fifth piano concerto by Mr. Wuorinen with the Met Opera Orchestra/Levine, also at Carnegie Hall; a solo work by Elliot Carter commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival; and Mr. Wuorinen's new piano quintet (commissioned by the Rockport, MA Music Festival) with the Brentano String Quartet.
Highlights of Peter Serkin's recent and upcoming US appearances include performances with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras, and the Boston, Chicago, National, Detroit, St. Louis, Toronto, Cincinnati and Atlanta symphonies; recitals in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Orchestra Hall in Chicago and New York's 92nd Street Y; and summer festival appearances at Ravinia, Aspen, Ojai, Caramoor, Tanglewood, Blossom, Mostly Mozart, Saratoga and the Mann Center with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Internationally, in August and September of 2011, Mr. Serkin is the featured soloist at the Saito Kinen Festival in Matsumoto, Japan where he appears with both of the festival's orchestras led by Seiji Ozawa and Diego Matheuz and then tours China with the festival orchestras. He also plays recitals in Matsumoto, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. His recent and upcoming engagements in Europe include appearances with the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics, Deutsches Symphony Orchestra, Danish Radio Orchestra and the Bamberg Symphony.
Peter Serkin's recordings also reflect his distinctive musical vision. The Ocean that has no West and no East, released by Koch Records in 2000, features compositions by Webern, Wolpe, Messiaen, Takemitsu, Knussen, Lieberson and Wuorinen. That same year BMG released his recording of three Beethoven sonatas. Additional recordings include the Brahms violin sonatas with Pamela Frank, Dvorak's Piano Quintet with the Orion String Quartet, quintets by Henze and Brahms with the Guarneri String Quartet, the Bach double and triple concerti with Andras Schiff and Bruno Canino and Takemitsu's Quotation of a Dream with Oliver Knussen and the London Sinfonietta. His most recent recording is the complete works for solo piano by Arnold Schoenberg for Arcana.
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.
Mr. Serkin currently teaches at Bard College Conservatory of Music and the Longy School of Music. He resides in Massachusetts with his wife, Regina, and is the father of five children.
Fisher Center and Bard College Conservatory of Music Present
Featuring pianist Peter Serkin
Memorial to Lidice for orchestra
Piano Concerto No. 3 in E Major
Peter Serkin, piano
Symphony No. 3.
Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater
Suggested donation: $20 (orchestra seating); $15 (parterre/first balcony)