and teacher who received his Bachelor’s degree at USC in 1971 and
went on to score a graduate fellowship at Berkeley. Upon graduation, he was quickly hired
onto the faculty at Michigan State University, where he stayed from 1973
until 1977, then taught for eleven years at CSU-Northridge.
time, he founded the L.A. Piano Quartet, which performed its inaugural
concert in 1977 at the Los Angeles Music Center. He stayed with them for about three
decades, premiering Steven Stucky’s “Piano
Quartet for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano” on 13th March
2005 at the Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival, which he founded and for
which he served as Artistic Director since its inception in March of
1994. A catalogue of festival
performances are available on CD, beginning in its first season through
2007, and featuring music ranging from Johannes Brahms to Philip Glass.
No stranger to
new music, he helped premiere Gerard Schurmann’s
“The Gardens of Exile” and “Trio for Clarinet, Cello and
Piano”, the former in Oberlin, Ohio, where he taught at the
conservatory beginning in 1992.
He also helped premiere Arthur Shepherd’s “Triptych for
Soprano and String Quartet” on 23rd September 2006 and
reprised it at the TWCM festival in 2007.
mid-2000s, he emigrated to Australia with his
wife—Nicole Divall plays viola for the
Australia Chamber Orchestra—and children Nikolas and Sofie. It
was not long after that he was asked to join the Grainger Quartet, which
grew out of the ashes of the the Australian
String Quartet. Unfortunately,
this collaboration was short-lived, as Peter retired with a nagging hand
there are plenty of opportunities to hear him on CD, beginning with Frank
Sinatra’s 1979 boxed set, Trilogy,
and carrying on through to 2007’s Philip
Glass: Theater Music Archive.
highlights from his recording career include the Miklos Rozsa’s “Concerto
for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 32”, on the Silva Screen label, the
aforementioned “Gardens” on Albany, Orchestral Suites Nos. 2
& 3 of Johann Sebastian Bach, with Pablo Casals and the Marlboro
Festival Orchestra, Antonin Dvorak’s “String
Quintet in G, Op. 77”, on CBS/Sony, Ramson
Wilson’s Pleasure Songs for
Flute, Twentieth Century
Romantics, Beethoven Trios,
and Bratsche!, a 1993 release of chamber works
by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, and Bridge.
news: The hand seems to be a
little bit better. Peter is now
listed as a cellist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and made an
appearance at the Adelaide International Cello Festival in 2008.