Praised for his "astonishing technical facility", "singing line" and "perfect sense of balance", Peter Tuite is now widely regarded as one of Ireland's leading classical musicians and one of the stand-out talents of his generation. Over the past decade he has garnered considerable international acclaim for his recital and concerto appearences throughout the world. More recently, his twelve concert joint traversal of the complete 52 Sonatas for Keyboard by Joseph Haydn was met with exceptional reviews; and he has just completed a new multi-media filmed performance of the Goldberg Variations at the famous Long Room Library--a unique project scheduled for release next year.
Educated at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Oxford and as a Fulbright Scholar at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, he subsequently went on to become Head of the Keyboard Faculty and later the first Senior Dean of the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He is (since October 2015) currently the Head of Piano and Keyboard Instruments at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Along with numerous further concert appearances, upcoming projects include the recording and filming of the complete Haydn Sonatas for Keyboard and a new series of compositions based on short portraits of Dublin entitled Palm of the Hand Portraits, which will have its world premiere in 2016.
One of Ireland's most individual and brilliant concert pianists, Peter Tuite has performed in Ireland, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Israel and the United States and has broadcast on both radio and television. After early competition successes and a much praised main-series debut performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto no 1 in C Major, he has gone on to perform in numerous prestigious venues around the world. Recent highlights include his lauded joint-traversal of the complete Keyboard Sonatas of Joseph Haydn along with a hugely successful sixteen city tour of the United states performing Beethoven's piano concerto no 3 in C Minor and Shostakovich's Piano Concerto no. 2. As one critic remarked:
The real pearl hid in the centre [of the program]: the Dimitri Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2 with guest artist Peter Tuite. Here was the care, the clarity, the direction needed... it was also lace-making - a curious phrase to describe the often boisterous Shostakovich. But the Dublin-born pianist sidestepped the usual blunderbuss and brute force in favour of delicacy, relection and some wonderfully atmosphericcolouring. He showed his precise technique at its most brilliant and the Shostakovich melodies at their most original and songful. In the simple, yet oh-so-poignant hymn of a slow movement, Tuite and Gleeson seemed in their element. Together they created an elegiac stillness bordering on the ethereal. The well-matched ensemble was captivating in the finale...
Peter Tuite was educated at Trinity College Dublin, the Royal Irish Academy of Music and later (where he studied literature and arts) at the University of Oxford. While his main focus was initially on composition, he was nonetheless awarded nearly every prize for Classical Performance in Ireland along with numerous others. Most notably, the Millennium Musician of the Future, the Lisney Award for Outstanding Solo Recitals, the Chopin Prize presented by the Polish Ambassador at the Axa Dubin International Piano Competition for his performance of Chopin's Scherzo No. 3, and the highest award from the prestigious Millennium Scholarships. He also received awards for further study in Israel, Germany and Switzerland. These successes all led to various acclaimed debuts with one critic praising him as "one of Ireland's most exciting young musicians" whilst another remarked: [The piano] thundered, it whispered, it cooed, it was stentorian, caressing - there seemed no end to its many voices. Like an orchestra, it had many colours: strings, woodwind, brass and their combinations. As the Brahms Sonata is a long one, such variety of tone colour helps to make the piece dramatically exciting, but even more impressive was the way the pianist conveyed the sense of the profundity underlying the music.
Following these success, he enrolled as a Fulbright Scholar at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in the United States where he completed at doctorate in musical arts. On graduation, he was nominated for election to Pi Kappa Lambda. Formerly a student of Anthony Glaving and John O'Conor at the RIAM, Peter studied piano under Benjamin Pasternak and spent two years in Leon Fleisher's special Master Class whilst at Peabody. In addition to this, he undertook brief studies with Lazar Berman and Alexis Weissenberg in 2001.
Performances and Projects
Through his various concerto appearances, Peter has worked with numerous conductors including Andrey Boreyko, Colman Pierce, Gerhard Markson, Courtney Lewis and many others. More recently his twelve concert joint traversal of the complete Haydn Keyboard Sonats was met with outstanding reviews noting his "very stylish and involved manner" and "perfect sense of balance". Apart from numerous concert appearences, other current and future projects include the filming of J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations at TCD's Long Room Library; a new project to film the complete Haydn Sonatas for Keyboard; and a new series of piano and poetry compositions based on short portraits of Dublin entitled the Palm of the Hand Portraits, the first volume of which is scheduled for premiere in 2016.
Education / Pedagogy
Deeply committed to music education, Peter was (in 2009) appointed the Head of the Keyboard Faculty at the Royal Irish Academy of Music - the youngest ever in the institution's history - and later the first Senior Dean of the Academy. Many of his students have subsequently gone on to achieve distinction in both national and international competitions. He played a key role in the Royal Irish Academy of Music becoming an Associated College of Trinity College Dublin and contributed to the design of the new National U-Versity Project; and in more recent years, has been invited to serve on the jury of several prestigious international piano competitions worldwide.