Hungarian-American pianist Peter Klimo has been studying piano since the age of nine. A Los Angeles native, he began his piano studies with Vicharini and Rosanna Marzaroli and continued with Dr. Tyler Tom. Peter earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the Eastman School of Music in May 2012 studying with Dr. Nelita True, and his Master’s Degree from the Yale School of Music studying with Peter Frankl.
In November 2014, Peter won 2nd prize in the 10th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht. During the finals he performed Liszt’s Concerto No.1 in E flat major with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of James Gaffigan. As a Prize winner of the Liszt Competition, he will embark on an extensive concert tour, taking him all over the world. As early as the morning after the finals in Utrecht’s TivoliVredenburg he performed in a packed Spiegelzaal in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, broadcast live on NPO Radio 4.
Recent performance highlights include concerto performances in St. Petersburg, Russia, with the St. Petersburg State Academic Capella Symphony Orchestra as well as in Seoul, South Korea, with the Seoul Arts Center Festival Orchestra and conductor Dae-Jin Kim.
Also a passionate chamber musician, Peter performed Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion at the Kennedy Center in February 2013 as well as at the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival in August 2013. In 2012, he won Second Place pianist’s prize at the Jessie Kniesel Lieder Competition and attended the Vancouver International Song Institute in June 2013. Also in the summer of 2013, Peter was a faculty member for the inaugural year of the DBS Summer Music Festival in Hong Kong.
Peter is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at TCU with Dr. Tamás Ungár.