The Royal Conservatory of Music has renamed its community school after Oscar Peterson, the legendary pianist and alumnus of the prestigious Toronto-based education institution.

What was once called the Royal Conservatory School will now be known as the Oscar Peterson School of Music.

Next fall, the Royal Conservatory will also launch the Oscar Peterson Program, a scholarship program offering tuition-free music instruction to underserved youth. Details will be announced in early 2022.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time, Peterson started his training using the curriculum of the Royal Conservatory’s certificate program and credited his studies in classical music as foundational to his success.

“It is the RCM’s immense pleasure to honour Oscar Peterson, one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, by naming our school after him,” said Dr. Peter Simon, president and CEO of the Royal Conservatory.