Dwight Peltzer grew up in rural Minnesota. The piano was his life. His unusual gift took him to stages all over the US, Canada, and Europe. He gave over 200 concerts a year. He performed for royalty and in iconic concert halls. He was awarded two Fulbrights and eventually became a Fulbright Professor in the UK. His work is in the Library of Congress. His classical expertise led him to play with the major orchestras and conductors of the day. He was lauded by critics everywhere he went. He could have enjoyed a very successful career at the top of his classical world, but he chose to evolve with the avant-garde movement. He was sought after by many composers, but the one who really set him free to explore new music was John Cage.