The American pianist, Jason Paul Peterson, holds a Bachelor of Music degree with high distinction from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music degree with highest honors from the University of Texas at Austin, where he held a professional development award and teaching assistantship in chamber music and accompanying. At age 17, he was awarded a grant from the Chopin Foundation of the United States, Inc., and subsequently became the first-ever four-time recipient of the award. He is a winner of the 2006 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, the only American finalist in the 2001 Grace Welsh International Prize for Piano, and has also been awarded by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.
Jason Paul Peterson is quickly gaining recognition as one of America's leading young keyboard artists, and has performed throughout the USA and Europe. Recent solo and concerto performances have taken him Vienna, London, Coventry, Milwaukee, Rochester, Chicago, Cleveland, Phoenix, Guadalajara, Denver, Baltimore, Raleigh, and Austin, among others. Two recent outdoor performances of the Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra drew over 20,000 listeners. His 2005 solo recital on the historic Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series in Chicago was broadcast live nationwide via radio, internet, and cable television. In 2006 he performed in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and the Kennedy Center. In addition to traditional concert venues, he is committed to bringing the power of great music to church audiences and schools. Jason Paul Peterson has been described as "a national phenomenon" (The Milwaukee Journal) and a musician of "Technical brilliancy who conveyed all the nuances in performance" (Polonaise Magazine).
Jason Paul Peterson is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Music program at the Peabody Conservatory, where he holds an assistantship in piano teaching; he also serves as part-time faculty at Baltimore's St. Ignatius Academy. Principal teachers include Natalya Antonova, Anton Nel, and Alexander Shtarkman.
Jason Paul Peterson second CD was released May 2005 on the Sospiro label. Upcoming activities include performances throughout the USA, Mexico, and Europe, as well as a third CD release planned for June 2007.