An acclaimed classical pianist and teacher in New York City, Roger Peltzman has given six solo concerts at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and has played chamber music and solo repertoire at the U.S.’s oldest community music school, the Third Street Music School, where he is a member of the faculty. Find out more at www.rogerpeltzman.com.
TRAINING: I was originally a cinema student at Binghamton University. One credit shy of graduating, I had the realization that music was my life, so I added it as my second major. After graduating, I received my Master’s Degree in Piano at the Manhattan School of Music.
INFLUENCES: Ivan Moravec, Paul Lewis, Murray Perahia, Dinu Lipatti, Ignaz Friedman, Walter Gieseking, Vladimir Horowitz. The composers I feel the greatest affinity with on piano are Chopin, Bach, Schubert, and Bartok.
WHAT I’M LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW: Early 20th-century recordings of the U.K. pianists Myra Hess and Harriet Cooke. And the newly released box set by the Velvet Underground.
LATEST ALBUM: Dedication: Roger Peltzman Plays Chopin. This recording is dedicated to my Uncle, Norbert Stern, who was a young, Jewish pianist in Nazi occupied Brussels. In 1944, he was deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp and he died there at 21 years old. Dedication is a tribute to a brilliant performer the world would never know. It is an all-Chopin program recorded in the Brussels Conservatory of Music on the same stage where Norbert had played.
WHAT’S NEXT: Getting ready for a Schubert, Bach, Chopin recital at SubCulture, a very cool subterranean club in New York City.
ADVICE: Find a mentor, someone you can rely on to tell you the truth, work hard, and don’t let anyone tell you that you’re too old to become successful in music.