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It started at age 4, seated at the piano. A single note that moved and morphed through the years, becoming Peter’s unique musical language. His organic fusion of qualities—the distinctiveness and improvisation of jazz, the soul of blues, and the compositional technique of Bach, Beethoven, and other classical composers—led to an emergence of new sounds, a new feel, a new purpose.

Peter’s broad career in the music industry as composer, pianist, singer- songwriter, and entrepreneur started as a budding teenage jazz musician in Chicago. He studied jazz at the Bloom School of Jazz (Chicago, IL), majored in jazz at Indiana University (Bloomington, IN), and majored in composition and piano at Eastman School of Music (Rochester NY). Later, he studied film scoring at UCLA-Extension (Los Angeles, CA).

In 2016, Peter’s music hit a major turning point. He developed a hybrid platform—an album-ebook—to showcase his latest musical endeavor within his memoir. Blues, Preludes & Feuds, A Musical Memory is a seamless blend of original solo piano music and story with deep technology-art interactions. The music skillfully wends around the narrative, telling the story in its own way. The memoir is a funny, reflective tale of growing up in the politically charged times of 1960s Chicago as Peter journeys to discover his musical language.

Over his career, Peter’s prolific musical work has run the gamut—solo piano, orchestral, chamber, theatrical/film, choral, pop. Various ensembles have performed and recorded his work globally—the Czech National Symphony Orchestra recorded his orchestral dance suite “Walls” (1996), and the Dallas Black Dance Theatre performed “Walls” during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

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For Blues, Preludes & Feuds (2016): “This DEFINITELY is going in my Year’s Best of 2016, easily one of the very best piano releases of the last 30 years, interestingly responding to all levels of listening, from the lightest and most easily titillated all the way up to the attentions of master craftsmen long versed in layers and layers of subtlety and outrageous invention.” —Mark S. Tucker

“The 28 tracks in 59:28 bespeak a quiet elegance (yet he can light up a fire at even a hint of ostinato). Dude can play the blues. He goes from Bach to improvisation at the drop of a G-clef.” — Mike Greenblatt, The Aquarian

“A protean Chicagoan...this is a wild man just waiting for you to fully discover what he can do with a piano that defied genre busting and mash ups

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Primary Instrument

Piano

Location

Chicago

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background

Taught piano (Jazz & Classical), theory, and music technology at Columbia College Chicago (2006- 2013). Private piano and composition students of all levels (1980-Present)

Albums

Album Blues, Preludes and Feuds by Peter Saltzman

Blues, Preludes and...

Self Produced
2016

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Album Blues, Preludes & Feuds by Peter Saltzman

Blues, Preludes &...

Salt Muse Inc.
2016

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Album Things Better Left Said by Peter Saltzman

Things Better Left...

Unknown label
2008

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Album Kabbalah Blues/Quantum Funk by Peter Saltzman

Kabbalah...

Unknown label
2008

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