“[The piano] thundered, it whispered, it cooed, it was stentorian, caressing – there seemed no end its many voices. Like an orchestra it had many colors; strings, woodwind, brass and their combinations. As the Brahms sonata is a long one, such a variety of tone color helps to make the piece dramatically exciting, but even more impressive was the way the pianist conveyed his sense of the profundity underlying the music.”
The Irish Times
Peter Tuite has developed a reputation as one of Ireland’s most interesting and individual musical talents. As well as maintaining a busy international performing schedule, he has continued to successfully pursue his parallel interest in new musicology and academia, lending him a unique perspective almost rare amongst today’s musicians. This, combined with a dazzling virtuoso technique and his training as a composer, allows him to create a wholly original and unforgettable musical landscape.
Peter Tuite was born in Dublin in 1976. He was educated at Trinity College Dublin and the R.I.A.M. (Royal Irish Academy of Music) before enrolling, with an award of a Fulbright Scholarship, at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in the United States, where in 2007 he earned a Doctorate in Music, specializing in the works of Olivier Messiaen. At Peabody, Peter studied under Leon Fleisher and Benjamin Pasternak. He also studied at the Berlin Hochschule Der Kunste and at Samuel Rubin Academy in Israel. He was recently appointed to the piano faculty of the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
In his native country, he has been awarded nearly every major prize in classical music; notably, the Millennium Young Musician of the Future 2000, the Lisney Award for a series of outstanding solo recitals, and the Chopin Prize at the AXA Dublin International Piano Competition. In 2001, he received a High Achiever Award for excellence whilst at the R.I.A.M., and recently Peter was nominated a Millennium Scholar (Ireland’s prestigious national award).
Peter has performed in Germany, Israel, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Ireland, Italy and the United States and has recorded for both radio and television. In April 2003, Peter made his United States concerto recital debut at the Founders Hall Auditorium in Pennsylvania. Most recently (May 2007), he performed Beethoven’s First Concerto with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland to great acclaim. As one reviewer observed, “he played as if from the elevated perspective of long experience, caressing each note out of
the piano.” The Irish Times
This season (2007), Peter undertakes an extended series of concerts in Germany, where he will perform the complete Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach along with late works by Beethoven and Haydn; similar concerts are scheduled in Italy and Austria. Next year, (2008) includes concert appearances throughout Europe and the British Isles. Peter will perform in the United Kingdom and Ireland the complete Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jesus (in celebration of Olivier Messiaen’s Centennial), as well several lecture recitals on the topic in Scotland, Ireland and the United States.