Peter Kolkay was the first bassoonist to win first prize at the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the first bassoonist to receive an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the first on his instrument to become a member of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two. Kolkay has premiered works by Elliott Carter, Charles Wuorinen, Harold Meltzer, Russell Platt, and John Fitz Rogers. He is a member of the IRIS Orchestra and the South Carolina Philharmonic.
A native of Naperville, Illinois, Kolkay holds degrees from Lawrence University, the Eastman School of Music, and Yale University. He currently serves as associate professor at the University of South Carolina. Kolkay’s first solo recording, of 21st century American bassoon music, was released by CAG Records at the end of 2010.