Peter Kater - 5 Grammy Nominations
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Peter Kater - 5 Grammy Nominations

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The best kept secret in music



If Peter Kater's Compassion, the second release in EarthSea Records Healing Arts Series, is any indication of what is to come; we have much to anticipate. - Vision Magazine

"A True Master"

Kater's Rooftops is one of 91's best discs. Now discover what you've been missing and enjoy the holiday season with a true master. - - Contemporary Jazz Review

"The Babe Ruth Of Piano"

Kater is astute. He seems to know the piano as well as Babe Ruth knew baseball or Hemingway the art of fiction. - Rocky Mountain News

"Respected & Prolific"

Kater has earned a distinct place among the most respected and prolific artists of the genre. - Jazziz

"More Than A Soundtrack"

Peter makes Eco-Challenge more than a soundtrack…the pianist brings together tribal grooves, chamber settings, desert atmospheres, sensual melodies and ethereal spaces ….weaving it all together with keyboard orchestrations and deep, percussively throbbing arrangements. - Billboard

"He's A Nightly Staple In Our Home"

Peter Kater has become a nightly staple in our home ... his albums ... capture both romance and peace better than any other instrumentalist I know of. - Kenny Loggins

"His Music Makes Light.."

When Peter Kater touches a piano, he touches the deepest part of me. His music makes light, gentle intrusions into my core, awakening the best of who I am and allowing me to feel it. Can music do that? Oh, yes, Peter's music can. I have wept softly more than once at his exquisite gift of turning sound into beauty. Thank you, Peter. Thank you. - Neale Donald Walsch - Author - Conversations With God


The Healing Series, The Elements Series, In a Dream, Inner Works, Heart's Desire, Rooftops, Two Hearts, Coming Home, Sacred Earth: The Four Directions (Wind of the North, Wind of the South, Wind of the East, Wind of the West), Faces of the Sun, 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama, Red Moon, Migration, Honorable, Sky, Natives, Improvisations in Concert, Windows and Walls, How the West Was Lost: Vol. 1 & 2, Piano, Soul Nature, Xmas Ecstasy, The Season, For Christmas



Pianist-Composer-Producer, Peter Kater, has received 5 Grammy Award Nominations in the last 6 years. He's been nominated for and won many awards for his music and is a proud recipient of the United Nations' Environment Leadership Award.

It all began in 1983 when Peter released his first solo piano album, SPIRIT, on his own Source Records, becoming one of only a small handful of instrumental artists spear-heading an entirely new genre of music which we've now come to know as New Age Music. In 1990 Peter literally introduced Native American music to the masses with his groundbreaking collaboration with R. Carlos Nakai called NATIVES, followed by the Award Winning, MIGRATION, recording and Peter's soundtrack to the 13 hour Discovery Channel mini-series, HOW THE WEST WAS LOST. Peter's early contemporary instrumental recordings; his visionary soundtracks for television and film; and his collaborations with Native American and Tibetan artists helped create the foundation for the existence of an entirely new genre of music and some very successful and resourceful new record labels. Millions of sales units later the New Age and Native American Music markets have outsold and performed most other niche genres. In 1997, Peter saw a need for music more appropriate to Healing Arts and Healing therapies and released his ESSENCE and COMPASSION CD's as the first two records of his new Healing Series. Just recently he's added 3 new albums to this series, his AMBROSIA, WALK IN BEAUTY and CLOUD HANDS recordings. Peter's music for the Healing Arts has become a staple for many practitioners of many Healing modalities and Spa's across the world.

This year, Peter received a Grammy Award nomination for his FACES OF THE SUN recording on SilverWave Records for BEST NEW AGE ALBUM. Last year his ELEMENT SERIES: FIRE CD on the Real Music label received a Grammy Award Nomination. His PIANO album was nominated in 2005 and his RED MOON recording received a Grammy nod in 2004. Peter has written the music for over 100 television and film programs and 11 On and Off-Broadway Dramatic plays. His broad creative stroke has touched millions of hearts all around the world and his commitment to the well-being of the environment has earned him the prestigious ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP AWARD from the UNITED NATIONS. Peter has also been nominated seven times for the Indie "Best New Age Album" award, winning the award in 1992 for his critically acclaimed album, MIGRATION, with Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai. He also contributed two songs to the wildly successful SACRED SPIRIT recording which sold over 5 million CDs. The majority of his albums have appeared in the Top 10 of National Airplay charts and in the Top 20 of Billboard’s New Age and Contemporary Jazz charts. Peter's most recent two awards are the 2008 Toastmaster's Communication and Leadership Award and the 2008 Native Spirit Award from the Indian Summer Music Awards.

Film scoring has recently become Peter's most exciting adventure. He has just finished the score to the new animated feature film, The Legend Of Secret Pass. This is Peter's first big movie score with a 70 piece orchestra, 50 voice choir and guest musicians from all over the world. It's coming to theaters everywhere in early 2009. Last year Peter finished the score to the film "10 Questions for the Dalai Lama". The film has won over almost a dozen critical awards at Film Festivals around the world - - and has already been seen by hundreds of thousands of movie goers. In addition to scoring for film and television, Peter's music was heard in the NBC broadcast of the 2000 & 2004 Summer Olympics; he collaborated with Kenny Loggins on his December CD and performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Peter has also written the music for various award winning Broadway and Off-Broadway dramatic plays. He has collaborated with legendary director Marshall Mason; Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Lanford Wilson; and actors including John Malkovich, Jon Voight, Ethan Hawke, Tyne Daly, Tony Randall, Joan Allen, Christopher Reeve, Jennifer Jason-Leigh, Judd Hirsch, Laura Linney and Christine Lahti to name a few. Also, through repeated invitations to perform at various exclusive events at Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute and John Denver’s Choices for the Future and countless environmental and humanitarian symposiums around the world, Kater has had the honor of performing for celebrities and dignitaries such as Mikhail Gorbachev, George Bush, Thich Nhat Hanh, Gerald Ford, Ted Turner, Shirley Maclaine, Dustin Hoffman, Sean Connery, Sidney Pollack, Alan Alda, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Dennis Weaver, Griffin Dunne, Raul Julia, Karl Malden, Laura Dern, James L. Brooks and many others.

Of German birth and descent, Peter moved to New Jersey from Munich, Germany at the age of four and began studying the piano, at his mother’s demand, when he was seven. Even at this young