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  • Peter Stoltzman
    Piano Area Head
    Music & Entertainment Industry Studies
    "In the summer of 2012, Peter was hired to be the head of the piano program at the University of Colorado Denver, where he is now also the Co-Director of the Summer Music Industry Program for 14-18 year-olds. Recent highlights include two CD releases with Denver-based groups, Coexistence Trio, and The Democracy. Stoltzman has toured Japan and recorded with drummer Steve Gadd, bassist Eddie Gomez, and marimba virtuoso Mika Yoshida. Peter has two releases on Blue Canoe Records - with the jazz quintet, The New Five (2009), and the Ron Westray/Thomas Heflin project (2010). Peter has independently released a 3-CD package of all original music (a finalist for the 2005 Independent Music Awards), a solo piano CD and a CD of piano and clarinet repertoire with his father, Richard Stoltzman. His first trio record, “Walk the Path,” was released in 2009 to rave reviews in Austin. Peter’s also trio released “Live at Casa Karen” on Bus Biscuit Records in 2013.

    Peter has performed at the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall, and venues around the globe, with luminaries such as Bob Moses, Yosvanny Terry, Julian Lage, and Tia Fuller. Peter and his father, Grammy-winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, have been featured on WNYC, Sirius Satellite Radio, NPR, and CBS Sunday Morning. Peter’s piano playing and arrangements also are featured on his father’s BMG Japan releases, “Bach Fantasies and Variations” and “Lamento,” and published in the Richard Stoltzman Songbook (Carl Fischer, 2002). As a teacher, Peter was on the faculty of the Stanford Jazz Workshop (SJW) from 1997–2017. From 2011-13, Peter was the SJW Faculty Director, and from 2014-17 he was the Co-Director of SJW’s Mentor Fellowship Program. He has created after-school programs to teach music fundamentals and improvisation to children and led Young Audiences programs with his world music group, Samadhi. In 2009, Peter led the music component of Austin's Leadership Enrichment through the Arts Program. Peter has given jazz master classes around the country and on tour in Europe and Asia.

    A student of Joanne Brackeen, Charlie Banacos and Bob Brookmeyer (and many others), Peter graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Performance from Berklee College of Music in 1999. After Berklee, Peter lived in New York City, where he recorded and performed with an eclectic variety of artists including drummer Deantoni Parks and Kudu, rapper Jah Dan and Noble Society, guitarist John Shannon and Waking Vision, American Music Award-winning funk band The Bomb Squad, and singer Javier Colon. In 2004, Peter earned his Master’s Degree in Jazz Composition with Academic Honors and Distinction in Performance, along with a Concentration in Music in Education from New England Conservatory. In 2010, Peter won first prize in the Philips Jazz Piano Competition. Peter took a full-time teaching position at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011-2012 before moving to Denver. He lives in Denver with his wife, Gray, and their two young sons. Peter completed his DMA in Music and Human Learning from the University of Texas in May, 2014.