Biography of Waters Peter:
Peter Waters was born in Broken Hill, in Australia. A pianist of international renown, he studied the piano with Clemens Leske in Adelaide and Peter Wallfisch in London. Still a student, Peter Waters was the winner of several awards – among them soloist prizes of the Royal College of Music and the Australian Musical Association Prize. One of his first notable public appearances took place at the Salzburg Festival, where he performed Paul Hindemith's Marienleben together with the soprano Gundula Janowitz. Concerts in numerous European cities and in several music festivals followed. Peter Waters was appointed in 1996 director and solo pianist of a series of concerts entitled Mozart and Modern – an exchange project between Saint Petersburg and Switzerland. During a concert tour with the Orchestre de Lille, in February and March 1997, he was greeted by enthusiastic reviews of his interpretation of Ravel's Concerto en sol. Peter Waters was the soloist, with well-known orchestras, of contemporary piano concertos of great difficulty, in particular works by Alfred Schnittke with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, but also by Aribert Reimann with the Munich Chamber Orchestra at the Expo 2000 in Hanover, as well as the perilous Century Rolls by John Adams with the Sidney Symphony Orchestra. But for all that he did not neglect the repertoire of the “standard” classical concertos, as is testified by his numerous public performances of Mozart – for example with the Moscow Philharmonic. Peter Waters has played, in some cases more than once, in the following festivals: the Lucerne Piano Festival, the Bodensee Festival, the Barossa Music Festival, the Festival d’Auvers, the Time in Jazz Festival of Berchidda in Sardinia, the Mozart Festival in Würzburg, the North Sea Festival and at the Expo02 in Morat, in Switzerland. Among his numerous recordings, his CD of works by John Adams, Maurice Ravel and Erik Satie was distinguished by the highest Australian award, the ABC Classic FM, as best classical recording of the year 1997.