Known for combining impeccable musicianship and technique with innovative and appealing programming, American concert pianist Jason Paul Peterson has captivated hundreds of audiences throughout North America, Asia and Europe. The Leipziger Volkszeitung in Germany referred to a recent concert as “a piano concert of a completely special sort… absolutely an exquisite experience.” He has been described as “a national phenomenon” (The Milwaukee Journal) and a musician of “Technical brilliancy who conveyed all the nuances in performance” (Polonaise Magazine).
Recent concert highlights include several performances in Carnegie Hall and the Chicago Cultural Center, a performance at the Kennedy Center, and recitals in England, Austria, Italy, France, Switzerland, Spain, Greece, Slovenia, USA, Mexico, China, Taiwan and Singapore. Two performances of the Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra drew more than 20,000 listeners, and his two solo recitals on the historic Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series in Chicago were broadcast live nationwide via radio, internet, and cable television. He has performed at the Elbe Festival and Mosel Musikfestival in Germany, the International Peace Festival in Assisi, Italy, the Engadin Festival in Switzerland, the Art Song Festival at Baldwin Wallace University, and for the Sociedad Philharmónica in Gran Canaria. He also presented a series of solo recitals in Switzerland featuring the music of Swiss composers, and performed this music in Carnegie Hall in February 2015.
In great demand as a collaborative performer, Dr. Peterson has accompanied scores of artists, including soprano Mojca Erdmann, Tenor Joel Prieto, flutist Marianne Gedigian (Boston Symphony), Vahn Armstrong (concertmaster, Virginia Symphony), Karol Miczka (Concertmaster, Lyon Opera Orchestra) and Robert Spring (clarinetist). In Switzerland, he has a piano duo with Antje Maria Traub and tours with the new music group Ensemble Spektrum. His recording of Michael Linton’s “Carmina Catulli” with baritone Edwin Crossley-Mercer reached third place on the iTunes classical music chart, and another recording with Mr. Crossley-Mercer is planned for August 2017. In 2018 he also performed 18 different chamber music programs with the Salonorchester St. Moritz.
As a teenager, Dr. Peterson was awarded grants from the Chopin Foundation of the United States for four consecutive years. He is the winner of the 2006 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition and was the only American finalist in the 2001 Grace Welsh International Prize for Piano. His recent performances of Swiss music have been supported by the Aargauer Kuratorium, the Migros Kulturprozent, the Peter Mieg Foundation, the Werner Wehrli Foundation, and the cities of Ennetbaden and Baden.
A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Peterson studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Weimar, Germany while completing his doctoral dissertation on the piano music of Georgy Enescu at the Peabody Conservatory. He also holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music. Dr. Peterson’s principal teachers include Natalya Antonova, Anton Nel, Alexander Shtarkman, and Grigory Gruzman. He currently resides near Zurich, Switzerland and is a faculty member of the Kantonsschule Baden, having previously held a full-time faculty position at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.