Peter Buffett

Concert & Conversation

Concert & Conversation

A thought-provoking, multi-media event that will inspire you to
take the reins of your destiny and live your life to the fullest.

From Emmy Award-winning musician, philanthropist and author Peter Buffett comes an inspirational book and live concert series that asks, Which will you choose: the path of least resistance or the path of greater satisfaction?

You may think that with a last name like his, Buffett has enjoyed a life of endless privilege. But the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett says that the only real inheritance handed down from his parents was a philosophy: forge your own path in life. It is a creed that has allowed him to follow his own passions, establish his own identity, and reap his own successes.

To bring the message of his book to life, the “Concert & Conversation” event features Peter on piano, accompanied by cellist Michael Kott. The performance features video clips from his film, TV, and philanthropic work (which focuses on the empowerment of girls and women around the world)-all of which trace his career’s journey. Punctuated by Peter’s candid stories about the lessons learned growing up in the Buffett household, his experience composing the “fire dance” scene in Dances With Wolves, mistakes he’s made along the way and more, he ultimately conveys that it’s one’s values-and what we are able to give back to society-that shape and define us as individuals. The end result is an uplifting and rewarding event that resonates with every audience member looking to lead a more fulfilling life and leave a meaningful legacy.

Find out more about Peter’s book, Life Is What You Make It: Find Your Own Path to Fulfillment here.

Some of the topics Peter explores in Life Is What You Make It and in his “Concert & Conversation” include:

  • The concept of privilege-being born into a wealthy family doesn’t entitle you to preferential treatment.
  • The mystery of vocation-the pursuit of one’s true calling will seldom be a straight path; don’t be deterred if there are doubts, false starts, crises, and blunders.
  • Once you find your bliss; explore the best way to pursue it.
  • The gentle art of giving back-such as teaching, mentoring, and directing your work towards a common good.
  • Insightful lessons learned from both his parents.



“Peter Buffett’s ‘Concert & Conversation’ was a thoroughly moving experience. Through multimedia, his own special music and interaction with the audience, Peter kept us engaged and absorbed in his philosophy, his can-do spirit and his attitude toward life and living. The audience arrived intrigued with Peter’s famous last name. At the conclusion, the audience left convinced that there is nothing that they couldn’t accomplish as individuals. Truly, a rewarding evening.”

– Dr. R. Mark Sullivan
The College of Saint Rose

“Not only did our students love the entire experience, but afterwards mobbed Mr. Buffett for copies of his book and to personally thank him for visiting the College…I have never seen that kind of positive reaction from staff, students and faculty (of all ages and life experiences) previously to an artist. If you ever have the opportunity to experience Peter Buffett’s amazing performance, please grab it…it is unforgettable!”

– Julie M. Sills
Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations
Morehouse College

“The evening Peter Buffett spent in our community was an unforgettable way to launch our month long celebration of philanthropy. Peter’s performance left our audience buzzing. Through his music, thoughts and visual images he shared a story of family, humility and hope. It was a delight to have the opportunity to work with Peter and his team!”

– Andrea Dicks
Executive Director
Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough

“With humility and candor Peter took us on an intimate journey of his life and his impressive philanthropic work with women and girls. His profound storytelling and meaningful music left us deeply moved and inspired. A truly spiritual man who uses ‘his gift of music to be the voice of those who don’t have a voice.’ Peter gave us an evening of uncommon depth. It was magical!”

– Shirley Moulton
The ACADEMi of Life

“People are often limited by expectations about their own lives and their presupposition about others. Peter Buffett’s humanity turns those limits and presuppositions upside down. We held a conference for nearly five hundred people to imagine and implement the New Economy, and Peter performed for us on the peak evening. His courage and candor, his humor and his humility infused the evening — through both his stories and his mesmerizingly powerful music. We all left with admiration for his passion, appreciation for his honesty, and a sense of liberation to apply our own most deeply held values to our personal and communal work. Thank you, Peter”

– Bob Massie
New Economics Institute

“We work with so many successful philanthropists, and many of them really struggle with this question of how much should they give to their children and grandchildren. Peter’s candid and personal story helped them understand that the best gift of all might be letting their kids forge their own lives and their own achievements. We also used the ‘Concert and Conversation’ to launch a new community giving website that is built on the idea that anyone can be a philanthropist, and Peter’s message couldn’t have been more suited and inspiring.”

– Teri A Hansen
President and CEO
Gulf Coast Community Foundation

“We had the pleasure of presenting composer, performer, lecturer Peter Buffett to our students and the greater community. Mr. Buffett told his compelling story from the piano in a dazzling mix of multi-media, spoken word and music. He connected with our students with insights on work, life, philanthropy, arts, and human suffering. Fascination with his famous father brought many in the door, but Peter’s own integrity and unique talent left a lasting impression.”

– David Rezak
Director of the Bandier Program for Music and the Entertainment Industries
Syracuse University

“When key Music Row leaders in Nashville assembled for Peter Buffett’s ‘Concert and Conversation’ program, we were treated to a compelling, inspiring and entertaining experience. Our guests were fascinated to learn about Peter’s childhood, his fascinating music career, and the powerful efforts of the NoVo Foundation in helping and empowering women and girls. This thought-provoking, multi-media event received rave reviews from our attendees!”

– Lisa Harless
Private Wealth Manager, Entertainment & Sports Division
Regions Bank

“We are still basking in the warmth Peter imparted to our audience. The evening Peter Buffett and cellist Michael Kott delivered was extraordinary in every sense and we are thankful for Peter’s insights around the importance of community and philanthropy. Peter was so gracious and he touched many people with his charm, humility and grace.”

– Anne Kirske
Communications & Program Manager
The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound

“Peter’s show is unlike any other. Through music and conversation, Peter inspires us to do more. It is an evocative journey through his own life that, in the end, provides audience members with important insights about their own journeys. While many might think that they could not relate to the son of such a wealthy and famous man, Peter’s messages transcend class and social structures awakening our inner most desire to give.”

– Allison Kouzovnikov
Executive Director
Community Foundation of Nova Scotia

“Peter Buffett’s ‘A Concert & Conversation’ was an entertaining, intriguing and enlightening experience for our donors and community members. It was truly an unforgettable evening that engaged our audience in a new perspective of thinking about their personal philanthropic journey and goals. The combination of Peter’s personal story, his music, the multimedia and a question and answer portion is an incredibly unique way to bring people together. Thank you, Peter and your team for this wonderful experience!”

– Dennis E. Noll
San Antonio Area Foundation

“One of the goals for the Texas Tech University Presidential Lecture & Performance Series is to headline stellar talent in the area of the arts. These talented individuals represent the world of the literary, arts, music and dance. The series mission is to engage campus and community members, whether through innovative and provocative ideas, or the pure pleasure of entertainment. Life Is What You Make It: A Concert & Conversation with Peter Buffett accomplished both. As a speaker for Texas Tech’s Rawls College of Business Chief Executives’ Roundtable Luncheon with 150 community and business leaders, to a talk with 165 students at the Margaret Talkington School for Young Women Leaders, to the multi-media evening event bringing the message of his book to life, our goals for his visit, combined with Peter’s personal interest and passion were accomplished to great acclaim.”

– Jo Moore
Texas Tech University – College of Visual & Performing Arts

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