Bassoonist Peter Kolkay is a recipient of a 2004 Avery Fisher Career Grant and won First Prize at the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in 2002. An Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Kolkay is also Associate Professor of Bassoon at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. He has commissioned and premiered solo and chamber works by composers such as Mark-Anthony Turnage, Joan Tower, and Elliott Carter. A native of Naperville, Illinois, Peter Kolkay studied at Lawrence University, the Eastman School of Music, and Yale. He calls the Melrose neighborhood of Nashville, Tennessee, home.