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Peter Breiner

Peter Breiner

Peter Breiner is one of the world's most recorded musicians, with over 180 album released and record numbers sold (1.5 million reached by 2008). Known for his work as a conductor, pianist, arranger and composer he has conducted - while often doubling as a pianist - many of the world's top orchestras.



Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra performs Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. 

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Peter Breiner has worked with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Mozart Orchestra, the Hungarian State Radio Orchestra, the Nicolaus Esterhazy Orchestra Budapest, the Polish Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra, the Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Capella Istropolitana, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra National de Lille, France, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, to mention just a few.

Some of his most acclaimed recordings include Beatles Go Baroque (over quarter million copies have been sold worldwide) and Elvis Goes Baroque, representing the collections of his most commercially successful Baroque arrangements together with Christmas Goes Baroque 1 and 2. His arrangements of the national anthems of all participating countries were used during the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004 (and illegally in Beijing in 2008).

Recently, he has recorded his own arrangements of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, Songs and Dances of Death and The Nursery and Tchaikovsky's Operatic Suites from The Voyevoda and The Queen of Spades. These recordings with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conducted by himself, are the subject of a new movie documentary entitled Bask which is due for release at the same time as the albums.

Currently under preparation is a huge Transmedia project consisting of audio recording, several interactive videos, and audience-involvement platforms. It is based on his own 85 minute orchestral piece Slovak Dances, Nasty and Nice, which will be recorded by a world renowned orchestra and pull together all the latest trends in technology and communication across the world today.

It is difficult to assign a title to this artist - is he the conductor who composes or is he the pianist who arranges? As he simply states, ‘I am a musician'. In this age of high specialization, it is not so easy to find someone who, with the same ease, takes the podium for a popular light classics concert, plays/directs from the piano, conducts a symphonic orchestra in Barber or Janacek or in a program of his own arrangements, a chamber orchestra with baroque programme while playing harpsichord or a group of almost 200 musicians recording a score for Universal Studios' movie.

Breiner began to study piano in his early childhood (1961) and his exceptional artistry led to his early acceptance at the Conservatory in Kosice (1971). He studied piano (L. Kojanova), composition (J. Podprocky), conducting and percussion. From 1975 to 1981 he studied composition at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava (former Czechoslovakia) with Prof. Alexander Moyzes, one of the most significant figures in modern Slovak music - and in this way became a compositional great-grandson of Antonin Dvorak. Peter Breiner lived in Toronto, Canada since 1992 till 2007 when he moved to New York, where he lives just one house apart from the place Dvorak lived while in New York.