"Humor and grace. It was a brilliant and virtuoso performance...stunning throughout...beautiful playing." (The Diapason)
"I wanted you to know how wonderful Peter's concert was--it was absolutely incredible. People are still calling and emailing to thank me for bringing him back to Atlanta." (Jeffrey Bush, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Atlanta, presenter 2009)
"A serious, exceedingly skillful classical musician who knows how to balance high culture and popular populist selections, and who has a highly developed sense of fun....one of America's most experienced performers....produces expressive effects that defy the commoner's understanding of the pipe organ. Breathtaking." (The Diapason)
"It was splendid entertainment."
(Tahoe Daily Tribune, Reno NV)
"Music making of the highest order...rich in nuance and virtuosity...Bravo Peter Richard Conte!"
(The American Organist)
"Conte is a performer in the best tradition: flawless technique combined with showmanship with just enough restraint...great fun to hear."
"Peter Conte has the feeling for this music and the technique to bring it off splendidly....right on the mark...perfectly paced and styled."
"Thank you so much for your outstanding performance. Your program was quite exciting and entertaining, and your playing was amazing, as usual. We have heard nothing but rave reviews for your thrilling recital. You have the rare gift to be able to communicate through the organ and are so innately musical that you make the music sound perfectly natural and beautiful."
"A sparkling, often lighthearted concert of organ compositions and transcriptions. Conte led off his ebullient romp through Broadway and Victorian-era Boston (with a layover in Bayreuth, Germany)
with his own quirky transcription of Berstein's
Overture to 'Candide'....Mixture of levity and technical brilliance." (The Birmingham News AL)
"It goes without saying that he gives a first-rate performance" (The Diapason)
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Peter Richard Conte is Grand Court Organist of the Wanamaker Organ in Macy’s, Center City, Philadelphia, where he performs concerts twice daily, six days each week, on the largest fully-functional musical instrument in the world. Mr. Conte was appointed Grand Court Organist in 1989, and is the fourth person to hold that title since the organ first played in 1911. Mr. Conte has also recently been named Principal Organist of Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA, where he performs on the magnificent 10,000-pipe Aeolian organ.
Mr. Conte is highly regarded as a skillful performer and arranger of organ transcriptions. He has been featured several times on National Public Radio and on ABC television's "Good Morning America" and “World News Tonight.” He has two radio shows: “The Wanamaker Organ Hour”, which airs on the first Sunday of each month, at 5 PM (Eastern), and can be heard via the internet at WRTI.ORG; on each Wednesday evening at 7 PM, his Grand Court concert is streamed live on YesterdayUSA.com. Mr. Conte performs extensively throughout the United States and Canada under the management of Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, has appeared as a featured artist at American Guild of Organists’ National and Regional Conventions, and at the International Organ Festival in Aosta, Italy. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, and with the Pacific, Delaware, Canton and Allentown Symphonies. In September 2008, Peter was soloist for an historic collaboration of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Wanamaker Organ, performing Jongen’s Symphonie Concertante in the Wanamaker Grand Court.
Mr. Conte also serves as Choirmaster and Organist of St. Clement's Church, Philadelphia, where he directs a professional choir in music of the Anglo-Catholic tradition. That choir has recorded several internationally-acclaimed compact discs on the DORIAN label.
Peter Richard Conte is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Organ at Rider University's Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, where he teaches Organ Improvisation. He is an Associate of the American Guild of Organists, and has presented guild workshops on transcriptions and improvisation. He is the 2008 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington. In 2011, the Philadelphia Music Alliance honored him with a bronze plaque on the Avenue of the Arts’ Walk of Fame. His numerous recordings appear on the GOTHIC, JAV, ProOrgano, DORIAN and DTR labels.