Excerpts from the reviews

"...Solid, earnest and grand..."
(New York Times)

"...a major pianist..."
(Washington Post)

"...A great success..."
(Corriere della sera, Rome)

"...Born for the Stage..."
(The Observer, London)

"...Brilliantly expressive and elegant..."
(Münchner Merkur, Munich)

"...Great, exciting...an unforgettable evening"
(Kultura, Wiesbaden)

Personal Representative
in USA:


Christine E. Meier
Phone: 1-772-692-1532
Fax: 1-772-692-4078
E-Mail:
cemeier1@live.com

Representation in Europe:


Clemens Concerts Ltd.
1121 Budapest
Széchenyi emlekút 23
Hungary
Phone: 36-1-275-4085
E-Mail:
clemens@t-online.hu

Biography


The culture of three continents shaped the art of Peter Pertis: He is a fifth-generation disciple of the great Hungarian pianist and composer Franz Liszt; his Hungarian roots and Hungarian-European education were enriched with new impressions in Japan and his artistic palette gained new colors after he settled in the U.S.

The first concert in Japan

Peter Pertis was born into a family of musicians in Budapest, so it comes as no surprise that his musical talent, manifested at an early age, was soon discovered and entrusted to professional hands. Thanks to his parents and far-sighted teachers, he managed to escape the typical traps of child prodigies. Having graduated from the Béla Bartók Conservatory of Music, he was soon admitted to the Piano Department of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music (Franz Liszt University of Music) and won the Bartók National Piano Competition in Budapest in 1960.

After receiving his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree he became an artist of the National Concert Management of Hungary while Interkoncert Hungary took on his international management. His career was further boosted when Qualiton released his first recording, with him being the first Hungarian pianist to record “Pictures of an Exhibition” by Moussorgsky.         Back to top

Concerts

His successes in Hungary were followed by recognition abroad. Thanks to the unanimous acclaim of international concert managers, audiences, and critics, the communist government of Hungary allowed Peter Pertis to travel to the West, a rare privilege in those days. The young performer was thus able to win the admiration of the audiences of following countries: England, Austria, Germany, former Soviet Union, France, Bulgaria, Romania, Finland, Spain, Italy, Poland, Venezuela, Peru, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Australia (Sydney, Camberra, Perth, Adelade, Melbourne), Japan, Egypt. The confidence placed in the young musician was later justified by a solid artistic career. Peter Pertis became a frequent guest performer in many prestigious concert halls, such as:

  • Franz Liszt Academy of MusicHungary: Franz Liszt Academy, Budapest
  • London:Wigmore Hall
  • Paris:Salle Pleyel
  • New York: Carnegie Hall; Stern and Will Hall;
  • Prague: Dvorak Hall
  • Finland:Sibelius Hall, Helsinki
  • Tokyo: Casals Hall, Toshi Center Hall, Bunka Kaikan
  • Nagoya: Aichi Art Center; Music Academy Hall
  • Kobe: Culture Hall
  • Moscow: Tchaikovsky Conservatory
  • New York: Kauffman Hall / 92nd Str."Y"
  • Santiago de Chile: Teatro Municipal
  • Australia: Perth Concert Hall, Perth
  • Bloomington , Indiana University, Auer Hall

 

Even though the magic of the moment and rapport with the audience are the determining elements of his art as a performer (“...demonic force along with a lyrical sensitiveness and great humanism” – Records and Recordings, London), his radio, TV, and live performances are available as best-selling records (King, Hungaroton, Centaur).

Peter PertisHe has frequently given concerts not only as a soloist but also with orchestras (e.g., Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra), chamber orchestras, and other chamber musicians.
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Teaching

Peter Pertis heeded the call to be an educator when he was still an assistant at the Academy of Music in Budapest.An exceptional chance to fulfill that call was offered to him with the invitation of the Musashino Academy of Music in Tokyo.He moved to Japan with his wife and then six-year-old son. His students went on to become winners of numerous national and international competitions and recipients of awards (like that of the Chopin Competition in Japan, etc.), and many of his alumni are now professors of renowned music academies.

 

After the years he spent in Tokyo, an increasing number of his concerts in the U.S. and the relationships he established there prompted him to settle in the U.S. However, he has regularly returned to Japan and has been in touch with the new generation of pianists in the form of master classes that follow his concerts.

Senator - 1983
Peter Pertis at a workshop for Ulster music students Peter Pertis at a workshop for Ulster music students

Following his years in New York, he became a professor at the Hartt School of Music (University of Hartford, CT) while working as a guest professor at Trinity College. Additionally, he held courses in the U.S., Japan, and Spain, and was a member of juries of several piano competitions.          Back to top

Maturation

By the end of the 1990s, Peter Pertis felt an increasing need to review the often-played pieces in complete tranquillity without the time pressure of concerts and limelight and to widen his repertoire with new pieces. The lonely studio work, which reshaped his musical interpretation and performance style, took almost 10 years interspersed by only a few rare concerts. The audience had the opportunity to enjoy the first fruits of this profound maturation process at his concert in Florida, in February 2007; however, the real “official comeback” will take place at the February 24, 2008 concert at the Strathmore Music Center in Baltimore.Peter Pertis

New horizons

The past years led not only to a renewal of his range of expressions as a performer but also changed his attitude as a concert pianist. Besides engagements, motivated by the opportunity to promote music appreciation to more people, he decided that under the proper conditions he would be willing to give benefit concerts, as well.       Back to top

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