Peter Kolkay


Peter Kolkay Photo credit: Jim McGuire

"stunningly virtuosic” *-New York Times

Called “superb” by the Washington Post and “stunningly virtuosic” by the New York Times, Peter Kolkay is the only bassoonist to receive an Avery Fisher Career Grant and win first prize at the Concert Artists Guild International Competition. He is associate professor of bassoon at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, and was named a Chancellor’s Faculty Fellow for 2015-17. He has presented solo recitals at Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the Teatro Nacional in Panama City. He is a regular performer at the Spoleto USA, Music@Menlo, and Bridgehampton Chamber Music summer festivals. He actively engages with composers in the creation of new works for the bassoon; he recently gave the world premiere of Joan Tower’s bassoon concerto and will premiere a new piece by Tania León this season. His debut solo disc, BassoonMusic (CAG Records), spotlights works by 21st-century American composers. He is a member of the IRIS Orchestra in Germantown, Tennessee, and an alum of Chamber Music Society Two. Mr. Kolkay holds degrees from Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisconsin), the Eastman School of Music, and Yale University, and studied with Frank Morelli, John Hunt, Jean Barr, and Monte Perkins. A native of Naperville, Illinois, he now calls downtown Nashville home.