By Heidi Glaus
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - To say music was just in Peter Martin's blood would be a bit of an understatement.
"My mother is a world-renowned Suzuki violin teacher. My dad plays piano and viola. He played in the St. Louis Symphony for many years," Martin said.
But Peter Martin wasn't pushed into the family business, he felt pulled to it. So after graduating from University City High School in 1987, he headed to Juilliard for three semesters.
"And then I got an opportunity to go on the road and play in the band of an amazing legendary jazz singer named Betty Carter," Martin said.
He even traveled to Europe with her for a seven week tour.
"That really led to a lot of other great performance opportunities," Martin said.
None of those performances, however, could prepare him for a certain performance in 2010 with Diane Reeves.
"They said state dinner -- I thought they said steak dinner at first. I was nervous in a way that I hadn't been in so long, it was almost debilitating. I hadn't experienced that type of thing before," Martin said.
He played through his nerves with President Obama in the front row.
"I was thinking maybe the president will be in another room and I might get a glimpse of him, but it turned out it was a sit-down concert," he said. "The president is right in my direct vision, so every time I just look up a little, he's there."
For many musicians, this would be a once in a lifetime performance, but Martin returned to the White House a year later to play the Governor's Dinner.
"But I was kind of prepared this time," Martin said.
It has been a career with some serious high notes and you better believe there's even more to come from the fingers of Peter Martin.
You can see this incredible jazz pianist in person this Sunday. He's one of many talented people taking part in Arts and Faith, a concert to celebrate religious diversity. The concert takes place at 5:30 this Sunday at the Sheldon and it's absolutely free. CLICK HERE to learn more.