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PETER SERKIN - PIANIST

Autographed 8” x 12” photograph of the late great concert pianist.  The collector dates the photograph April 6, 2016 on the verso.

 

Serkin (1947-2020) had the good and bad fortune of being the son of legendary pianist Rudolf Serkin and his wife Irene, the daughter of violinist Adolf Busch.  Music was his eventual destiny but it was not always easy for him.  Serkin who was a child prodigy began under his father at the age of four with a sister paid to insure he practiced. (Though he claimed in an interview in 1980 he didn’t push him.)  By eleven he was enrolled at the Curtis School of Music in Philadelphia where his father taught and he studied with a successive number of great teachers including, his father, Mieczyslaw Horszowski and Lee Luvisi.  Her studied at Mannes with Ernst Oster and privately with Karl Ulrich Schnabel.  He made his private debut at 11 and public debut at 12.  He made his first recording at 18, a performance of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” which was hailed as insightful and technically brilliant.

 

Serkin as many who are pushed by their parents into music performance, rebelled and during the 1960’s, he spent time finding himself as many of that era did, dabbling in Hindu mysticism in India and Nepal, as well as Thailand and in 1968 after he returned and married he gave up the piano for a time and in 1971 moved his wife and his infant daughter to Mexico.  Not as many months later he returned to America after hearing a Bach performance on the radio and his concert career took off.    

 

While Serkin was known for his exquisite technique, he became known for his eclectic programming combining music from different periods, renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic and 20th century works were juxtaposed together.  He paid special attention to the works of Arnold Schoenberg, Stepan Wolfe, Olivier Messiaen and Igor Stravinsky.  He also performed under utilized works like Reger’s piano concerto in F minor was his go-to piece in 2016.

 

Serkin spent his last years teaching at Bard College, he passed away earlier this year from pancreatic cancer.