Short Biography

 

Praised for his "astonishing technical facility", "singing line" and "perfect sense of balance", Peter Tuite has garnered considerable international acclaim for his recital and concerto appearences throughout the world. His joint traversal of the complete 52 Sonatas for Keyboard by Joseph Haydn (see Haydn Live Recordings on this site) was met with exceptional reviews; and he has just completed a new filmed performance of the Goldberg Variations at the iconic TCD Long Room Library--a unique project scheduled for release later this 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 of the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Between 2015 and 2018, he also served as the Head of Piano and Keyboard Instruments at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London—and as of 2019 continues to serve on the faculty of both these institutions. In addition, he is a founding member of the International Piano Week at Montepulciano in Tuscany, Italy and is co-founder of the New Lights Festival in Greenwich, London.

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Long Biography

Introduction

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. Some highlights include his lauded joint-traversal of the complete Keyboard Sonatas of Joseph Haydn along with a highly praised 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… [he] created an elegiac stillness bordering on the ethereal. The well-matched ensemble was captivating in the finale...

A keen chamber musician, Peter Tuite has also collaborated with numerous artists, from Hakan Hardenberger to the Vanbrugh String Quartet, from Pekka Kuusisto to singers such as Robin Tritschler, Claudia Boyle and Peter Knapp. While as a teacher, he has served as Head of Department in two institutions of renown, remaining a member of faculty in both to the present day. He has also given masterclasses in numerous places and settings, from the UK to Korea, from Italy to Japan.

Early Studies

Peter Tuite was educated at Trinity College Dublin, the Royal Irish Academy of Music and sometime 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. These successes all led to various acclaimed debuts with one Irish Times 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 to pursue graduate study in piano performance. On graduation, he was deemed elegible for nomination to Pi Kappa Lambda. Formerly a student of Anthony Glavin and John O'Conor at the RIAM, Peter studied piano under Benjamin Pasternak whilst at Peabody. Over the course of his studies, he undertook some additional masterclasses with Leon Fleisher, Lazar Berman and Alexis Weissenberg.

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Performances and Projects

Through his various concerto appearances, Peter has worked with numerous conductors including Andrey Boreyko, Colman Pierce, Hakan Hardenberger, Gerhard Markson, Courtney Lewis and many others. More recently his twelve concert joint traversal of the complete Haydn Keyboard Sonatas was met with outstanding reviews in the national press noting his "very stylish and involved manner" and "perfect sense of balance". Apart from numerous concert appearences, other current and future projects include the release of his new film 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 music and poetry compositions.

Education / Pedagogy

Deeply committed to music education, Peter Tuite 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 also briefly served at the its first Senior Dean. Many of his students have subsequently gone on to achieve distinction at both national and international level. He played a key role in the Royal Irish Academy of Music becoming an Associated College of Trinity College Dublin and in more recent years, has been invited to serve on the jury of several prestigious international piano competitions worldwide, including the Scottish International Piano Competition, the Ciurliionis International Piano Competition, the Jacques Samuel Intercollegiate Piano Competition and the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarships, amongst others.

Between 2015 and 2018, he served as the Head of Piano and Keyboard Instruments at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. During this time, he developed the piano estate, instigated a whole series of curriculum changes and helped establish unique links around the world, including the now annual summer course jointly attended by piano students from both Trinity Laban and the Claudio Monteverdi Music Conservatory in Bolzano.

In 2019, he and some colleagues were founding members of a new International Piano Week -- consisting of concerts, masterclasses and lecture recitals - which was held in Montepulciano, Tuscany.

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