Peter Sarik jazz piano artist, composer was born in 1972 in Cegléd.
He graduated from the Budapest Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in 1997 followed by four years of classical music studies with Ilona Prunyi.
In 2007 he formed his own orchestra, the Peter Sarik Trio which soon became one of Hungary’s leading jazz orchestras. Peter regularly gives concerts with the Trio as well as various special music formations at home and abroad. Apart from his own compositions he is an outstanding interpreter of Bartók and Beethoven jazz adaptations. His oeuvre is extremely varied and colorful. Apart from jazz he has played pieces of almost all genres: classical, pop, latin, world music.
He has achieved outstanding international success as a composer, too. His compositions have regularly finished among the top three at the most renowned competitions in the United States of America as well as Great Britain. His songs have been rewarded on 10 occasions worldwide.
Péter has composed three pieces for the Recirquel Newcircus Company. He was the composer and music director of the closing ceremony of the FINA World Championship, Budapest. He initiated the concert series „Jazz Request Show” where the audience could ask for any songs which were then played in jazz style by the Trio.He also started the Jazz All Stars series, where musicians who had never played together before formed new teams for a single concert.
He also wrote jazz fairy plays for children.
He a had a daily program on Jazzy Radio: Daily Jazz.
He created the I Love Jazz Campaign to popularize the genre and also the „All You Wanted to Know About Jazz But Never Dared to ask” series.
Apart from his Erkel Ferenc-, Emerton-, Artisjus- and Orszáczky prizes he has received the Fonogram prize (the Hungarian Grammy) three times and has been nominated for it on 6 more occasions.
His activity was honored by the title The Musician of the Year in 2016.
In 2023 he received the Petőfi Music Award as the Instrumental Performer of the Year.
He is the honorary freeman of Cegléd.