A dynamic pianist of great versatility, Peter Walsh brings the highest standard of pianism to his work as a recitalist, orchestral keyboardist, and assistant to conductors at opera theaters across the country.  Walsh has been hailed by Opera News for his “especially solid and prominent playing” and “warmly expressive” touch.  He has served on the music staffs of Opera Omaha, Utah Opera, Central City Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, San Diego Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and LA Opera, and has assisted renowned conductors Joseph Colaneri, James Conlon, Gustavo Dudamel, Grant Gershon, Jane Glover, Eun Sun Kim, Speranza Scappucci, Robert Spano, and Patrick Summers, amongst others.    

In the 2021-2022 season, Walsh continues his relationship with LA Opera as a member of the music staff for Verdi’s Il trovatore and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, both led by music director James Conlon, and for La Cenerentola led by Roberto Abbado.  Walsh returns to Opera Omaha for I Capuleti e i Montecchi and to San Diego Opera for Così fan tutte.  He will play harpsichord continuo for LA Opera’s La Cenerentola and San Diego Opera’s Così fan tutte, and organ continuo for LA Opera’s St. Matthew Passion.

Despite many cancellations in the 2020-2021 season due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Walsh was engaged to play orchestral piano for Stravinsky’s Oedipus rex at LA Opera and orchestral keyboard for San Diego Opera’s drive-in production of Puccini’s La bohème under the baton of Rafael Payare.  He collaborated with baritone Rod Gilfry in a virtual recital for Vocal Arts DC, as well as with sopranos Tasha Koontz and Liv Redpath in recitals in San Diego and San Clemente.  Walsh additionally presented his own virtual solo piano recital in November of 2020 and maintained a private, online studio of piano students and coaching clients throughout the pandemic.

Walsh began the 2019-2020 season at San Diego Opera where he assisted Joseph Colaneri with a concert production of Verdi’s Aida.  He presented a recital with baritone Rod Gilfry at Messiah College in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and assisted Mary Chun with the world premiere of Carla Lucero’s Juana at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.  Walsh concluded 2019 at LA Opera playing fortepiano for Barrie Kosky’s acclaimed silent film production of The Magic Flute under the baton of James Conlon, and returned in 2020 to assist Eun Sun Kim with Roberto Devereux.  Walsh was further engaged to play I Capuleti e i Montecchi at Opera Omaha and Porgy and Bess at the Washington National Opera, both of which were postponed due to Covid-19.

In the 2018-2019 season Walsh joined the music staff of Opera Omaha for productions of Pagliacci and L’elisir d’amore.  He additionally joined Utah Opera for The Magic Flute, and returned to LA Opera for Hansel and Gretel starring Susan Graham.  Other engagements included a recital with baritone Rod Gilfry and the world premiere workshop reading of Carla Lucero’s Juana at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.  Walsh concluded the season at Central City Opera where he played and coached Madama Butterfly and prepared, accompanied, and conducted a double bill of Debussy’s La damoiselle élue and Poulenc’s Litanies à la Vierge Noire from the piano and organ to critical and public acclaim.  

Walsh is a graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio (2016-2018) and the LA Opera Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program (2014-2016).  While at the Houston Grand Opera, Walsh was consistently responsible for playing the company’s most ambitious programming, including productions of Nixon in China, Götterdämmerung, and Elektra.  While at LA Opera from 2014-2016 he was a member of the music staff for numerous company productions.  Significant performance credits at LA Opera include playing fortepiano for Barrie Kosky’s The Magic Flute, accompanying the recitatives for Paisiello’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, and playing orchestral piano in concert with Renée Fleming and Andrea Bocelli.

An active recitalist, Walsh has performed in Carnegie Hall under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Legacy at Carnegie Hall.  During the 2016 and 2017 summer seasons he enjoyed an association with the Ravinia Festival, collaborating with the singers of the Steans Music Institute.  Walsh has enjoyed a long term collaboration with baritone Rod Gilfry and has performed with Gilfry and legendary mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick in performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.  He has participated in the Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar.

As a soloist, Walsh was awarded first prize in the MTAC State Solo Competition and first alternate in the regionals of the MTNA Young Artists’ National Competition.  He performed as a finalist in the Loeb/Louviere International Competition at the Wilshire Ebell of Los Angeles, and has performed as a soloist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.   Walsh holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in piano performance from the USC Thornton School of Music, where he studied with Lucinda Carver and Kevin Fitz-Gerald.  He completed his doctorate with academic distinction, pursuing minor fields in music theory and analysis, keyboard collaborative arts, and jazz studies.  For his doctoral lecture recital, Walsh presented a performance and exploration of the opera paraphrases of Franz Liszt.  His performances of chamber music have been broadcast on Classical KUSC.

A skilled improvisor, Walsh has worked as a répétiteur for the Los Angeles Ballet and the City Ballet of LA.  He performed across Southern California in collaboration with City Ballet of LA as part of their Concerto Project, and collaborated with renowned dancer Desmond Richardson (Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater) for the inaugural gala of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.  Walsh performed with American Ballet Theatre as orchestral keyboardist for Stravinsky’s Firebird featuring principal dancer Misty Copeland.  Most recently, he played orchestral celesta for the Los Angeles Ballet’s Nutcracker at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.  

Beyond his work in the operatic and instrumental arenas, Walsh served as the choral accompanist for the Bob Cole Conservatory at CSU Long Beach from 2013-2014.  He collaborated with the award-winning Bob Cole Chamber Choir at the 2013 National Collegiate Choral Organization conference in Charleston, South Carolina, and assisted in the preparation of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem at Walt Disney Concert Hall — a milestone collaboration between USC, the Colburn School, CSU Long Beach, CSU Fullerton, and Chapman University.  

From 2007-2012 Walsh was an assistant lecturer in keyboard studies for the USC Thornton School of Music.  He has held additional faculty appointments at El Camino College (2011-2014), the University of La Verne (2012-2013), and the California State Summer School for the Arts (2013, 2014, & 2017).

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