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Peter Kramer was born in Portland, Oregon where he studied composition, piano and violin with Dr. Marshall Tuttle at Mount Hood Community College. He graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory with a double major in Composition and Harpsichord Performance, and is currently pursuing his PhD in Composition at the CUNY Graduate Center, studying with Jason Eckardt and Suzanne Farrin. His principal teachers also include Lewis Nielson and Webb William Wiggins.
Peter has most recently been awarded the Kanter Prize by the Mivos String Quartet for his work Mirror Mirror. He has attended the Loretto Festival (2017) with the Longleash Trio, and the June in Buffalo Festival (2016) where he worked with composers David Felder, Hans Abrahamsen, Chinary Ung and Hanna Eimermacher. His compositions have been performed by ensembles such as Longleash, TAK, Uusinta, Oberlin CME, Nouveau Classical Project, andPlay, Second Species, Wolftone, JACK Quartet, Mivos Quartet and the Emissary Quartet. He has participated in composition master classes with Rodger Reynolds, Jason Eckardt, Phillip Cashian, George Lewis, and Mark Barden, and harpsichord master classes with Mitzi Meyerson, Charles Metz, Ton Koopman, Jacques Ogg and Michael Sponseller. He has attended the New Music on the Point, SICPP, and Nief-Norf festivals as a composer, and the Vancouver Early Music Festival, Baroque Performance Institute, Accademia d’Amore opera workshop as a harpsichordist. He has also spent time at the Banff Center in Alberta Canada as an artist in residence. He has been awarded the Walter E. Aschaffenburg Prize in Composition, Earl L. Russel Award in Historical Performance and the Shansi Prize for his choral composition AMA from Oberlin Conservatory. Additionally, Peter has been mentored by composers Eric Wubbles, Josh Levine, and Daniel Tacke.