Pianist Peter Dugan has been praised by the Capital Gazette as “nothing short of superb” and by the Baltimore Sun as “spellbinding.” Prizing versatility as the key to the future of classical music, Mr. Dugan is equally at home in classical, pop, and jazz idioms. He has appeared as a soloist throughout the United States, including performances in New York’s Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, and Philadelphia’s Academy of Music and Verizon Hall. He has also performed internationally in Canada, South America, the Cayman Islands, and across Europe, including a recital in 2013 with violinist Sean Lee at the Wiener Konzerthaus in Vienna.
A sought-after crossover artist, Mr. Dugan recently joined violinist Itzhak Perlman to perform “I Cannot Hear The City” from The Sweet Smell of Success in a memorial concert for Marvin Hamlisch at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Following this performance, he was invited to perform his own solo arrangements of Hamlisch tunes in a tribute concert on Broadway at the historic Hudson Theater.
Dugan’s collaboration with violinist Charles Yang has garnered critical acclaim across the United States. Yang and Dugan’s upcoming performances will include the Brauntex Performing Arts Theater in Texas, Joe’s Pub in New York City, and Juilliard’s “Dreams Come True” Gala, as well as a two-week residency at pianoSonoma, a music festival in California.
An enthusiastic chamber musician, Dugan has studied under and collaborated with Donald Weilerstein, Paul Katz, and Itzhak Perlman, including a 2010 performance of Schubert’s Trout Quintet with Mr. Perlman at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As a member of the Tristan Piano Quartet for three years, Dugan performed across the country, including residencies in Palm Beach and Lake Wales, Florida, and recitals at New York’s Alice Tully Hall and New Jersey’s South Orange Performing Arts Center.
Dugan is a frequent performer of new music. He has appeared for two consecutive years at Juilliard’s Focus Festival and, in 2013, joined the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) for a residency at Dartmouth College, workshopping a new opera by Phil Kline and Jim Jarmusch.
Peter performs regularly in hospitals, nursing homes, and community centers throughout New York City. He advocates the importance of music in the community and at all levels of society. As a founding creator and the pianist for OPERAtion Superpower, a superhero opera for children, Peter has traveled to dozens of schools in the greater New York area, performing for students in public and private schools and encouraging them to use their talents – their superpowers – for good.
Peter was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA where he studied under Aida Epstein and Harvey Wedeen. In 2011, he received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School and was awarded the John Erskine Commencement Prize for outstanding artistic and academic achievement. A Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholar, Peter will receive a Master of Music degree from Juilliard this May. He studies under Matti Raekallio and holds teaching fellowships in Music Theory and English. In his spare time, Peter enjoys painting, cooking, composing, and writing.
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