(Peter Kater / submitted photo)

Boulder multiplatinum-selling pianist and composer Peter Kater didn't win a Grammy on Sunday in the new age category, but he did have the opportunity to meet Neil Young and connect with friends and collaborators.

This was Kater's ninth Grammy nomination in the New Age category. He was nominated for his album "Illumination," which was released in September. "Illumination" also features Boulder saxophone player Mark Miller, among other musicians.

"The Grammy awards are always exciting and interesting," he said. "It was fun this year. All the nominees in my category were friends of mine."

Along with meeting Neil Young, he also attended a performance by friend Kenny Loggins at a VIP party and spent time with friend Kitaro.

Kater is one of the world's best-known New Age musicians, but "Illumination" is nothing like the music he's famous for. The songs have a darker edge and are more intense, he said, taking listeners on a journey.

He said he was unsure if he would be nominated this year, but was pleasantly surprised by the recognition. Still, he said, he's not looking for awards.

"I follow my muse completely," he said."I feel fortunate for the work I do. I love my work so much."

He recently wrapped up the score for a five-hour PBS mini-series, "The Civil War: The Untold Story." He also completed a new album, planned for release this spring, with Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai.


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