Peter Dugan, guest host

Hometown: Upper Darby, PA

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This season, Peter Dugan returns as Guest Host for Shows 377 and 378 recorded in Morristown, New Jersey on November 2, 2019 and Show 382 to be recorded in Boston, Massachusetts on February 6, 2020. He will also co-host on Shows 381, 383, 386.

In the 2018-2019 season, Peter joined From the Top as guest host for Show 359, Show 366, and Show 367, and Show 374. He also served as co-host on  Show 362, Show 363,  Show 364.

Meet Peter

Peter performed most recently on Highlight Show 27 as well as on Show 158, recorded in April 2007, at age 18.

Pianist Peter Dugan’s 2017 debut solo performances with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony were described by the Los Angeles Times as “stunning” and by the SF Chronicle as “fearlessly athletic.” He has appeared as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician across North America and abroad.  Prizing versatility as the key to the future of classical music, Mr. Dugan is equally at home in classical, jazz, and pop idioms.

A sought-after crossover artist, Mr. Dugan has performed in duos and trios with artists ranging from Itzhak Perlman and Joshua Bell to Jesse Colin Young and Glenn Close. The Wall Street Journal described Mr. Dugan’s collaboration with violinist Charles Yang as a “classical-meets-rockstar duo.” Mr. Dugan’s recent chamber music recitals include the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, Music at Menlo, St. John’s College Recital Series, and a Weill Hall debut presented by Carnegie Hall.  His debut album with baritone John Brancy –  A Silent Night: A WWI Memorial in Song – pays homage to composers who lived through, fought in, and died in the Great War.  Brancy and Dugan were second prize winners at the 2017 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition.

Mr. Dugan advocates the importance of music in the community and at all levels of society.  As a founding creator and the pianist for OPERAtion Superpower, a superhero opera for children, he has traveled to dozens of schools in the greater New York area, performing for students and encouraging them to use their talents – their superpowers – for good.

Mr. Dugan holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, where he studied under Matti Raekallio. He resides in New York with his wife, mezzo-soprano Kara Dugan, and serves on the piano faculty at the Juilliard School Evening Division. Mr. Dugan is a Yamaha Artist.

Additionally, Mr. Dugan was a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Young Scholar, College Scholar, and Graduate Scholar awards.

Listen to Peter

Highlight Show 27
IV. Toccata, from Le Tombeau de Couperin, M. 68 by Maurice Ravel

Show 158, Philadelphia, PA
Piazolla’s “La Muerte de Angel”

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