Peter John

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Hailing from Indianapolis, Indiana, Peter John has been lauded by fellow musicians, critics, and teachers alike as having a “firm command” at the piano and a “deep sensitivity” for the music he plays. “A rare talent,” Peter performs with nothing less than “incredible conviction.” He recently received his Masters Degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with world renowned pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi and has continued private studies with Sergei Babayan.

In December of 2011, Mr. John was the only American finalist in the 2011 Stanislaw Moniuskwo Competition and performed Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with the National Orchestra of Belarus in the Great Philharmonic Hall in Minsk, Belarus. In the 2009-2010 season, Peter was one of three Americans selected to compete in the 2009 Louisiana International Piano Competition, and a finalist in the Astral Artists 2010 National Competition and the Ibiza International Piano Competition.  In September 2010, Peter performed on the island of Ibiza, Spain as well as in Barcelona, Spain and Berlin, Germany. Peter has received numerous awards including first place in the Indiana State IMTA competition, first prize in the Ball State Concerto competition, Matinee Musicale as well as the Everett Harbough Memorial scholarship at Ball State. As the 2005 Undergraduate Concerto Competition winner at Ball State University, Peter performed with the Ball State Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Bridget-Michaele Reichl. His prize in the competition included a two solo recitals in Osaka, Japan as part of a week-long artist residency, including a world premiere of his piano fantasy, “Sea of Glass”. This piece was later performed in the US and Canada as well. He has given solo and chamber recitals in Germany, Spain, Belarus, Italy and Japan as well as in the continental US, performing extensively in the Midwest.

His latest projects have shown his interests in composition and improvisation. His piano preludes were premiered in Indianapolis, IN by pianist Yuka Nakayama in November of 2011, and his song cycle “The Bookshelf Series” was premiered by David Fair in Mixon Hall in Cleveland, OH in May of 2011. His latest work for Jazz Saxophone and String Quartet will be premiering in the spring of 2013. His solo and completely free improvisation recitals have led to performances with live oil painters in the performing arts group called The Aleph. These live art installations have been featured in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland in 2011, and the Harrison Centre in Indianapolis, featuring more than 3 hours of completely improvised music.

As a collaborator, Mr. John currently plays with a Jazz Combo as well as traditional Piano Trio. His Jazz combo has been featured in numerous high profile events in the Cleveland area, performing for Cleveland Magazine as well as at the Red Cross Annual Ball. Currently, he is a faculty member at the Aurora School of Music where he teaches a full studio of pre-college students. His students have been invited to play in masterclasses for Sergei Babayan, Alexander Ghinden and Antonio Pompa-Baldi. His own past teachers include Ray Kilburn and William Eltzroth, and he has been in masterclasses with Olga Kern, Stanislav Pochekin, Daniel Shapiro and Jane Solose.

Devoted to giving opportunities to classical musicians, Mr. John started the TAB artist concert series, bringing internationally recognized artists to the Indianapolis area. The concert series was praised as an “impressive achievement” by the Indianapolis Star.