Peter Breiner

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Peter Breiner
Born (1957-07-03) 3 July 1957 (age 65)
NationalitySlovak, Canadian[1]
Alma materAcademy of Performing Arts in Bratislava

Peter Breiner (born 3 July 1957) is a Slovak pianist, conductor, and composer.


Early life and studies[edit]

Breiner, born in Humenné, Czechoslovakia,[1] began to play the piano at age four.[1] When he was nine, he enrolled at the conservatory in Košice, Slovakia, where he studied piano, percussion, composition, and conducting.[1] He subsequently moved to Bratislava, where he attended the Academy of Performing Arts, continuing his composition studies under the tuition of Alexander Moyzes.[1] He graduated from the academy in 1982.[2][better source needed]


Breiner has recorded over 260 albums as conductor, composer, arranger, and pianist.[2][1] He is known for his arrangements, such as Baroque versions of the Beatles[1] and similar adaptations of Elvis Presley, as well as arrangements of popular Christmas music. His 2004 release of all the national anthems of the world was used at the Athens Olympic Committee as the music for medal ceremonies at the games.[3][4] He has collaborated with other notable musicians, including Peter Lipa, Gustav Brom, and Milan Markovič.[1]

In 1998, he published his first book, titled Javorové listy, and in 2015, his second book, Iný glóbus nemáte?, came out.[1][5]

Since 2006, he has collaborated with violinist Stanislav Palúch and accordionist Boris Lenko as the trio Triango.[1][6]

His triple-CD Janáček Operatic Suites, released on Naxos, was ranked as one of Chicago Tribune's Top Ten Classical CDs of 2009.[7]

Breiner has also had a career as a television personality. In the early 2000s, his talk show on STV, called Do You Have Something Against That?, was temporarily banned,[8] due to accusations of being exceedingly controversial.

On 1 January 2018, Slovak President Andrej Kiska presented Breiner with the Order of Ľudovít Štúr.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Breiner lived in Toronto, Canada, from March 1992 to June 2007.[1] From June 2007 to June 2020, he resided in New York City,[1] and since July 2020, he lives in London, England.[2][better source needed]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • Friends of Slovakia prize – for the promotion of Slovak culture in the United States (2014)
  • Order of Ľudovít Štúr (2018)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Svetový virtuóz sa narodil v Humennom. Kariéru robí za veľkou mlákou" [The world virtuoso was born in Humenné. He made his career behind a big splash]. (in Slovak). 3 July 2017. Retrieved 23 January 2023.
  2. ^ a b c "Peter Breiner". Retrieved 25 January 2023.
  3. ^ "Peter Breiner". Retrieved 22 January 2023.[dead link]
  4. ^ Kennicott, Philip (26 August 2004). "Changing Our Tune". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 25 January 2023.
  5. ^ "Iný glóbus nemáte?". (in Slovak). Retrieved 23 January 2023.
  6. ^ "Festival MAZAL TOV! opäť priblíži židovskú kultúru" [Festival MAZAL TOV! brings Jewish culture closer together]. (in Slovak). 24 June 2013. Retrieved 23 January 2023.
  7. ^ "From Mozart to Mahler, it was a bounteous year for classical recordings – Chicago Tribune". Archived from the original on 7 July 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2010.
  8. ^ "Central Europe Review – Slovak Media". Archived from the original on 19 August 2000.
  9. ^ "Prezident Kiska udelil štátne vyznamenania 25 osobnostiam" [President Kiska awarded state honors to 25 personalities]. (in Slovak). 1 January 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2023.
  10. ^ "Kiska vyznamenal Gombitovú, Kubišovú, Kronera, ľudí Novembra aj tých, čo museli zo Slovenska odísť" [Kiska honored Gombitová, Kubišová, Kroner, the people of November and those who had to leave Slovakia]. (in Slovak). 1 January 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2023.

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