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Peter Cincotti

Performer

About this Artist

At age 21, PETER CINCOTTI has already amassed a resume to rival crooners twice his age. While in high school, he gigged regularly at top clubs throughout Manhattan, starred in the off-Broadway hit Our Sinatra, studied with renowned jazz masters such as David Finck and James Williams, and performed at the White House. At the 2000 Montreux Jazz Fest, he won an award for a hard-swinging rendition of Dizzy Gillespie’s "A Night in Tunisia." In 2001, Peter was the youngest artist ever to play the storied Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel. Last year, he reached #1 on the Billboard Traditional Jazz Charts and instantly made history by becoming the youngest solo artist to do so.

Cincotti has been profiled on CBS News Sunday Morning, NewsNight with Aaron Brown on CNN, Breakfast with the Arts on A&E, and The Pulse on Fox Network. He has been featured on NBC’s Today show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and others. In addition, Peter has been featured in recent issues of Vanity Fair, ELLE, USA Today, Menswear, NY Magazine, NY Times Arts & Leisure, and Teen Vogue, and People and Newsweek magazines have declared him “someone to watch.” Cincotti made his cinematic debut in the feature film Spider-Man 2, and also appears as Bobby Darin’s arranger and close friend, Dick Behrke, in the Kevin Spacey film Beyond the Sea.

Born July 11, 1983 in New York City, at age three Peter Cincotti started tinkering with a toy piano his grandmother gave to him, then graduated to the real thing a year or so later. At his mother’s request, his teacher allowed him to learn whatever music he wanted, which included everything from movie songs to The Phantom of the Opera to the theme from Jeopardy. His tastes expanded further as he got older. At the age of nine, Cincotti began composing, and in his mid-teens he took up singing. Over the next several years, he studied with jazz piano masters such as Ellis Marsalis, James Williams, Cliff Korman, LeeAnn Ledgerwood, and Fred Hersch.

His easy style-hopping is on display in On the Moon, the follow-up to Cincotti’s 2003 self-titled debut. With its keenly observed songwriting and fresh, innovative takes on standards, it has the feel of a milestone album by an artist who’s going to be around for a long time.