Peter Takács

  • Professor of Piano

Areas of Study

Education

  • BM, Northwestern University, 1968
  • MM, University Illinois Urbana, 1969
  • Doctoral studies, Peabody Conservatory
  • Study with Howard Karp and Leon Fleisher
  • Tanglewood Piano Fellowship, 1976
  • Conductors Seminar, 1989

Biography

Hailed by the New York Times as “a marvelous pianist,” Peter Takács has performed widely, receiving critical and audience acclaim for his penetrating and communicative musical interpretations. Takács was born in Bucharest, Romania, and started his musical studies before his fourth birthday. After his debut recital at age 7, he was a frequent recitalist in his native city until his parents’ request for immigration to the West, at which point all his studies and performances were banned. He continued studying clandestinely with his piano teacher until his family was finally allowed to immigrate to France, where, at age 14, he was admitted to the Conservatoire de Paris.

Upon Takács’ arrival in the United States, his outstanding musical talents continued to be recognized with full scholarships to Northwestern University and the University of Illinois, and a three-year fellowship for doctoral studies at the Peabody Conservatory, where he completed his artistic training with renowned pianist Leon Fleisher.

Takács has performed as guest soloist with major orchestras in the U.S. and abroad, as well as at important summer festivals such as Tanglewood, Music Mountain, Chautauqua Institution, ARIA International, Schlern Music Festival in the Italian Alps, Tel Hai International Master Classes in Israel, and Sweden’s Helsingborg Festival. Since 2008, he has been a member of the faculty at the Montecito Summer Music Festival in Santa Barbara, California. He has performed and recorded the cycle of 32 Beethoven piano sonatas, which were released on the Cambria label to critical acclaim in 2011.

Takács’ success as a teacher is attested to by the accomplishments of his students, who have won top prizes in competitions in the United States, Canada, Europe, and South Africa. They have been accepted at major graduate schools such as the Curtis Institute, Juilliard School, and Peabody Conservatory, among many others. Takács has given master classes in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, and has been a jury member at prestigious national and international competitions such as the San Antonio International Keyboard Competition, the Canadian National Competition, the Cleveland International Piano Competition, and the Hilton Head International Piano Competition. He has taught piano at Oberlin since 1976.

Takács has received numerous prizes and awards for his performances, including first prize in the William Kapell International Competition, the C.D. Jackson Award for Excellence in Chamber Music at the Tanglewood Music Center, and a solo recitalist grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. His performances have been hailed by audiences and the press for their penetrating intellectual insight as well as for their emotional urgency and communicativeness.

Fall 2022

Prin Pvt Piano: — PVST 001
Sec Pvt Piano: — PVST 051
Performance Ensembles (Artist Diploma) — APST 600
Performance Project (Artist Dipl) — APST 601
Chamber Music — APST 800
Contemporary Chamber Music — APST 805
Piano Ensemble — APST 810

Notes

Gramophone Reviews Beethoven Complete Music for Piano and Cello

September 16, 2022

In the current issue of The Gramophone, Donald Rosenberg reviews the recent release of BEETHOVEN Complete Music for Piano and Cello with Professor of Piano Peter Takács, piano, and Robert DeMaine, cello.

Peter Takács New Recordings Released

August 9, 2022

Professor of Piano Peter Takács has released "The Complete Music for Piano and Cello" with cellist Robert DeMaine on Leaf Music. His "Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas" is being released in high definition by the Dutch distributor nativeDSD. A new label, PeterTakácsMusic, has been created to present new recordings on all available streaming platforms, including Spotify, TIDAL, and Apple Music. The initial release is Franz Schubert's Four Impromptus, Op. 90.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/PeterTakacsPianist for more information.

Peter Takács Performs Sold-Out Carnegie Hall Concert

November 5, 2015

Professor of Piano Peter Takács played the first of three programs in his "Beethoven Experience" series at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall on October 18. Of the sold-out performance, Frank Daykin of New York Concert Review said "Beethoven would have been proud.”

For more on the performance, see the New York Concert Review.

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