About

Peter Kairoff was born in Los Angeles, and studied at the University of Southern California, where he received Master’s and Doctoral degrees with highest honors. He also studied for two years in Florence, Italy, as winner of a Fulbright Scholarship and a Rotary International Fellowship. His teachers include Jerome Lowenthal and Brooks Smith in California, and Orazio Frugoni in Florence. He has performed throughout the world as pianist and harpsichordist to great critical acclaim. In recitals in Shanghai, Rio de Janeiro, Berlin, New York, Rome, Moscow and many other musical centers, reviewers have noted his “meticulous accuracy and profound musicality” (Oxford MAIL, UK), and his “Fire and Passion” (Washington POST, USA). He has published 8 CD recordings on the Albany and Centaur record labels, which been enthusiastically received for their “powerful romantic passion and broad sweep” (American Record Guide), and are frequently heard on classical music radio stations throughout the world. Dr. Kairoff is Professor and Chair of the Department of Music at Wake Forest University, where he has taught since 1988. He also taught at the University of Texas at Austin, the State University of New York, and Middlebury College, and has given master classes at conservatories in Moscow, Brazil, Italy, China and several states in the U.S. He has also served as judge in a number of international piano competitions, most recently the Scriabin International competition in Tuscany, and the Sala Gallo competition in Milan. In 2012 he was named a “Steinway Artist” in recognition of his “outstanding artistic contributions” in the field of piano performance.