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Pianist Peter Serkin Performs on the Alumni Recital Series January 29

Program includes works by Beethoven, David Ludwig ('01), Stefan Wolpe, and Charles Wuorinen

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(January 20, 2012) Distinguished American pianist Peter Serkin ('64), one of the most thoughtful and individualistic musicians appearing before the public today, returns to Curtis for a performance on the Alumni Recital Series on Sunday, January 29 at 3 p.m. With playing that is "probing, brilliant, and full of imagination" (New York Times), he performs works by Beethoven, David Ludwig ('01), Stefan Wolpe, and Charles Wuorinen.

An avid proponent of many of the 20th and 21st century's most important composers, Mr. Serkin has given numerous world premieres and his performances with symphony orchestras, recital appearances, chamber music collaborations, and recordings are respected worldwide.

The Alumni Recital Series takes place in Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia. Tickets are $28 and are available from the Curtis Ticket Office at (215) 893-7902 or Artists on the Alumni Recital Series donate their services, and proceeds from the concerts directly benefit current Curtis students.

Peter Serkin's rich musical heritage extends back several generations: his grandfather was violinist and composer Adolf Busch and his father was pianist Rudolf Serkin, who served as director of the Curtis Institute of Music from 1968 to 1976. Peter Serkin entered Curtis in 1958 at age eleven and studied with Lee Luvisi, Mieczyslaw Horszowski, and Rudolf Serkin. He later continued his studies with Ernst Oster, Marcel Moyse, and Karl Ulrich Schnabel.

In 1959 Mr. Serkin made his Marlboro Music Festival and New York City debuts with conductor Alexander Schneider. Invitations to perform with the Cleveland Orchestra and George Szell and the Philadelphia Orchestra and Eugene Ormandy soon followed.

He has since performed with the world's major symphony orchestras with such eminent conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim, Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle, James Levine, Herbert Blomstedt, and Christoph Eschenbach. Also a dedicated chamber musician, Mr. Serkin has collaborated with Alexander Schneider, Pamela Frank, and Yo-Yo Ma; the Budapest, Guarneri, and Orion string quartets; and the chamber ensemble TASHI, of which he was a founding member.

The Alumni Recital Series is coordinated by the Alumni Society of Greater Philadelphia and the Alumni and Parent Relations Office, who work together each year to decide how proceeds from the recital series can be most beneficial to the students. In recent years contributions have been made toward the purchase of student tickets to Philadelphia Orchestra concerts, acquisitions for the library, the student travel fund, and instrument repairs.

The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. One of the world's leading conservatories, Curtis is highly selective and provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its 164 students. In this intimate environment, students receive personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. A busy schedule of performances is at the heart of Curtis's distinctive "learn by doing" approach. This philosophy has produced an impressive number of notable artists since the school's founding in 1924, from such legends as Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber to current stars Jonathan Biss, Juan Diego Flórez, Alan Gilbert, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Higdon, and Lang Lang.

Alumni Recital Series: Peter Serkin
Sunday, January 29 at 3 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia
Peter Serkin, piano ('64)

WOLPE Toccata
LUDWIG Five Bagatelles
BEETHOVEN    Thirty-three Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120

Tickets: $28; available from the Curtis Ticket Office at (215) 893-7902 or All artists donate their services, and proceeds benefit current Curtis students.

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