Pianist Peter Collins to perform Sept. 12

Pianist Peter Collins will perform at Northwestern State University Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. The concert is part of the Louisiana Piano Series International. Tickets are $15. Students are admitted free. Dr. Francis Yang and Dr. Christine Burczyk Allen are the organizers of the Louisiana Piano Series International.

The concert will feature the music of Louis Moreau Gottschalk. Collins will perform four works by Gottschalk, “Vision (Etude),” “Marche Funèbre,” “Reflets du passé” and “La chute des feuilles” (Falling Leaves.)

Collins lives in New Orleans and is active as a performer, independent piano teacher and music researcher. He is a professor emeritus from Missouri State University where he taught and served as keyboard area coordinator for 25 years.

Collins received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory. After winning awards in several piano competitions (the Washington International Piano Competition, the University of Maryland International Piano Competition, the American Chopin Competition, the American Beethoven Foundation) he was granted the Regents’ Fellowship at the University of Michigan to pursue his Doctor of Musical Arts degree.

While on the faculty of Missouri State, Collins received college and university awards in teaching. He originated the Missouri Chamber Players and toured Europe four times with members of the ensemble in concerts of music by American composers. His performance profile also includes several presentations of the complete sonata cycles of Mozart and Beethoven.

He has completed nine compact-disc recording projects (for the Albany, MSR and Centaur labels) featuring works of living American composers, music by women composers, original arrangements and transcriptions and piano music of 19th-century New Orleans.