“The Steinway has been my voice for decades. It has power, color, singing quality, and clarity. Music speaks through the Steinway, my instrument of choice.”
Hailed by the New York Times as “a marvelous pianist,” Steinway Artist Peter Takács has performed widely, receiving critical and audience acclaim for his penetrating and communicative interpretations. Born in Bucharest, Romania, he gave his first recital at the age of seven, and, upon emigration to France, continued his studies at the Paris Conservatory.
Upon his arrival in the United States, Mr. Takács received full scholarships to Northwestern University, the University of Illinois, and Peabody Conservatory, where he completed his artistic training with the distinguished pianist Leon Fleisher.
He has received numerous prizes and awards, including First Prize in the William Kapell 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. He has performed with major orchestras in the United States and abroad, and has been in demand at prestigious summer festivals throughout the world. His recording of the Beethoven Piano Sonata cycle was released on the CAMBRIA label in 2011, to critical acclaim.
Mr. Takács is Professor of Piano at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he has been teaching since 1976.