Michigan-based ragtime artist, Peter Bergin, has entertained audiences for over two decades. Peter’s mission is to celebrate life through music and stories, and especially loves sharing the rhythms and history of ragtime piano. Classically trained, Peter embarked on a full-time music career after twenty-four years in computer software. There isn't a day he regrets this decision! Peter's latest CD, Beyond the Maple Leaf, was released in 2019 featuring the music of Scott Joplin and the vintage pianos of the Music House Museum. His debut CD, Ragtime In Time, features the Big Three of classic ragtime, Scott Joplin, James Scott, and Joseph Lamb. Peter's crossover project, The American Parlor, explores the intersection of ragtime and American classical, featuring the music of Louis Moreau Gottschalk, George Gershwin, Scott Joplin, Eubie Blake, among others. Peter is widely sought-after for school assemblies, libraries, museums, and community concert venues. Playing in the heart of community brings Peter immense joy and satisfaction. He looks forward to bringing ragtime to audiences everywhere as a testament to America's original popular music.
What People Are Saying...
"An exceptionally talented musician, both energetic and dynamic, a true artist."
- The Glen Arbor Sun
"Peter Bergin is a talented pianist. Besides his musical prowess, he has a lively and interactive personality that connects with his audience throughout his concert. I would highly recommend Peter for any library looking to provide their patrons with a fun and lively concert."
"Holiday and Ragtime concerts with Peter Bergin are amazing and always draw a crowd. His vocal and piano skills are unbelievable and get your toes tapping as well as your heart swelling with emotion. Anytime you hear his name, know that a grand time will be had for all ages. His smooth, easy listening repertoire, fast, fun, frenzy of fingers gliding on the keyboard, and lyrical voice make listening an art."
"Peter's performance was a rousing success at the Music House Museum and Church in the Hills. Not only was the music superb, but he engaged the audience and put smiles on all our faces. I highly recommend him as a pianist to any audience of any age."
Thank you for all the wonderful concerts you've done at Green Acres of Cadillac. I'm impressed with how well you interact with your audience and how you never repeat the same concert. I love when you play the old ragtime songs on the piano. You make the piano come alive and the audience comes alive too.