Composer, music curator, and teacher
Peter has composed works in a large number of genres, from orchestral and chamber music to instrumental theatre, electroacoustics, and installations. Known for his interest in revitalizing the listening experience, Peter’s compositions are both heady and playful, profound and humourous. His works are performed and broadcast internationally and have been featured at festivals such as the Darmstadt Ferienkurse fur Neue Musik, Montreal’s Espaces Improbable, and the Vancouver New Music Festival as well as by organizations such as Aventa, Soundstreams, and Arraymusic.
Peter incorporates theatrical and multimedia elements into many of his works, an interest that has grown from extending traditional concert music performance practices and from his many collaborations.
Beyond his compositional work, Peter has been active as the artistic director of new music ensembles and festivals. He founded NUMUS Concerts in 1985 and the Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound in 1998, two organizations that have continued to thrive in the years since their beginnings. Peter was Composer-in-Residence with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony from 1999 to 2003 and Arts and Culture Consultant with the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics from 2011 to 2013. He is a Professor at the Faculty of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University, where he was University Research Professor for the 2006-07 academic year.