Peter at piano Peter Markush's original piano compositions lend an air of sophistication and elegance to any event. Peter's unique piano sound has evolved over the years to incorporate elements of classical, rock, jazz, and gospel styles, among others. An emphasis on improvisation ensures that each performance is unique, making for compelling listening while also providing a relaxed conversational atmosphere.

Based in beautiful Charlottesville, Virgnia among the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Peter has performed up and down the East Coast for many years providing background piano music for diners and at special events and parties, as well as in concert settings.

Also a classically-trained cellist, music instructor, old-time fiddler, rock guitarist, and singer-songwriter, Peter has a deep appreciation for the varying requirements of his many clients and works with them to create the optimal musical atmosphere.

While he is happy to perform on client-provided instruments, for locations without a piano Peter has a high-quality, lightweight, and compact Yamaha digital piano that can be quickly set up virtually anywhere.

If you're looking to give your guests that extra special touch of class that only live music from a seasoned professional can provide, give Peter Markush's pianomusic a try.



“Peter’s creative style and eclectic repertoire has made him the ideal musician for many events I’ve organized, including the CBIC Awards and the Company of Friends holiday parties, year after year.”

--Tracey Linkous, past chair, Charlottesville Business Innovation Council and Cofounder, Charlottesville Company of Friends


"Peter’s uncanny ability to capture the moment makes his piano music perfect for any occasion."

--Mark Cosgrove, co-owner, Fardowner's Restaurant, Crozet, VA


"You really have a feel for making music that catches the collective mood of your listeners and lifts spirits."

--Eve Watters, harpist, storyteller, and music therapist


"It is always a treat to walk into the lobby and hear Peter at the piano. His music is comforting, and helps anxious patients and busy staff through their days."

--Liz Courain
(Liz Courain serves as director of volunteer services at the UVA Medical Center)