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Peter Wittenberg MA.


  • Mirabellplatz 1
  • 5020 Salzburg

Peter Wittenberg was born into a musical family of Latvian heritage. His father played guitar and viola and his mother was a singer. He began piano studies at an early age and at the age of 16, he won the Bronislaw Kaper award from the Los Angeles Philharmonic performing the Prokofiev 2nd Piano concerto. Since then he has performed in international concert halls such as the Frankfurt Alte Oper, the Grossersaal of the Mozarteum Stiftung, the Athenaeum Bucharest, the Allerheiligen Hofkirche in Munich, Carnegie Weill Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City, the Baden-Baden Philharmonie, and many others.

As a soloist he has performed piano concertos under the baton of Maestros Stewart Robertson and José-Luis Garcia, and been heard internationally in radio broadcasts on Classic FM in London, ORF Austria, CBC Radio Canada, WQXR and KUSC in the United States. A devoted and passionate chamber musician he performs regularly in recitals with the young international violinists Wonhee Bae of the Esmé Quartet and Ziyu He of the Altenberg Trio. He has also collaborated in recital with numerous partners such as violinists Gottfried von der Goltz, Eszter Haffner, Levon Chilingirian, and Paul Roczek, the violist Thomas Riebl, and cellists Clemens Hagen, Raphaël Pidoux, Christian Poltéra, Xenia Jankovic, Louise Hopkins, and Julius Berger, and performed extensively as a Lied pianist in recitals with soprano Ruby Hughes, Kammersängerin Ildiko Raimondi, mezzo-soprano Kelly O'Connor and baritone Anton Belov. Other musicians he has worked with include Thomas Hampson, Gary Hoffman, Eliot Fisk, and Renate Faltin.
Mr. Wittenberg studied at Indiana University with Lev Vlassenko, at the Juilliard School of Music in New York with Jerome Lowenthal, and also with Vitaly Margulis. He did post-graduate studies with Maurizio Pollini at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. He also studied conducting in the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia in the class of Alexander Polischuk and Ilya Musin. He has participated extensively in masterclasses with Halina Czerny-Stefańska, Dmitri Bashkirov, Fou Ts’ong, and Lev Naumov. His musical thinking has been deeply influenced by experiences and intensive musical encounters with Clemens Hagen, and members of the Hagen Quartet. In chamber music he has also benefited from master classes with Heinrich Schiff, Gerhard Schulz, Paul Roczek and András Keller.
He has been engaged as an official pianist for international competitions such as the Mozart International Violin Competition in Salzburg and the Zhuhai Mozart Competition in China. Mr. Wittenberg is on the string faculty of the University Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.