B.M. (Lawrence); M.M. (Eastman); M.M.A. (Yale); D.M.A. (Yale)
Associate Professor of Bassoon
Peter Kolkay joins the Blair faculty as Associate Professor of Bassoon. Kolkay was the first bassoonist to win first prize at the Concert Artists Guild International Competition (2002), the first bassoonist to receive an Avery Fisher Career Grant (2004), and the first on his instrument to become a member of Chamber Music Society Two (2006-09).
Kolkay performs regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In addition, he has appeared as a soloist with the Rochester and Westchester philharmonics in New York, the South Carolina Philharmonic, and the Green Bay and Flint symphonies in Michigan.
As a solo recitalist, he made his international debut at the Teatro Nacional in Panama City, Panama, where he premiered a new work by Katherine Hoover. He has also premiered works by Elliott Carter, Charles Wuorinen, Harold Meltzer, Russell Platt and John Fitz Rogers. He is a frequent performer at many summer festivals, including those of Vail, Colo., Bridgehampton, N.Y., and Angel Fire, N.M.
Kolkay is a member of the IRIS Orchestra and the South Carolina Philharmonic. A native of Naperville, Ill., he holds degrees from Lawrence University, the Eastman School of Music and Yale University, and studied with Frank Morelli, John Hunt, Jean Barr and Monte Perkins.