Colton Peltier

Piano Soloist

Colton Peltier made his first orchestra debut at age 9, performing Beethoven’s “Concerto No. 1” in eight young people’s concerts with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. In the next year, he again performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and made his first appearance with the Minnesota Orchestra. Colton continued to perform with different orchestras in and outside of Minnesota. Highlights included being reengaged with the Minnesota Orchestra, performing with the Kenwood Symphony, the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra, and performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Allegro Con Brio Orchestra, and seven times over 6 months with the Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vanska conducting. He also performed with the Virginia Waring International Competition Orchestra, winning first prize, the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra, the La Mont Symphony in Denver, Colorado, the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra and the Des Moines Symphony. Most recently, Colton has continued to perform with orchestras throughout the country. Some of these include two engagements with the Baton Rouge Symphony, The South Arkansas Symphony, the Southeast Iowa Symphony and the Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra.

In addition to Colton’s concerti appearances, he has also performed as a soloist at many venues. Some highlights include performing in the Snowmass Chapel Concert Series in Snowmass Village, Colorado, at the “From the Top” 10 year anniversary show in Ohio, for the “Friends of the Library” recital series in Rancho Mirage, California, and at the Virginia Waring Black and White Ball again in Rancho Mirage, California. He has also appeared on National Radio’s “From the Top” four times in the last few years.

Colton has participated in numerous competitions throughout the past years. Most recently, he took first prize in the Aspen Music Festival Piano ACCA Piano Competition in 2012. Other highlights include winning the Minnesota Orchestra’s “Minnesota Idol” Concerto Competition, the Minneapolis Music Teachers Forum Mozart Concerto Competition, the Virginia Waring International Piano Concerto Competition, the Schubert Club competition, the Lake Superior Symphony Concerto Competition and the Dakota Valley Concerto Competition. Colton studies piano with Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky at the Julliard School of Music, where he is a senior.

He attends the Aspen Music Festival in the summers where he also studies with Prof. Kaplinsky. Outside of piano, Colton enjoys school, traveling and spending time with his friends and family.