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Peter Kramer was born in Portland, Oregon (b.1989) where he studied composition, piano and violin with Dr. Marshall Tuttle at Mount Hood Community College. He has recently graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory (2014) 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. His principal teachers also include Dr. Lewis Nielson and Webb William Wiggins. Peter’s music focuses on “musical parasites” i.e. residual and musical anomalies/artifacts resulting from performance paired with the resonant sound-world of 16th and 17th century music, particularly keyboard and choral repertoires, as well as the sound world of American folk and blues traditions.
Peter has most recently attended the June in Buffalo Festival (2016) where he worked with composers David Felder, Hans Abrahamsen, Chinary Ung and Joshua Fineberg. His compositions have been performed by ensembles such as TAK, Uusinta, Oberlin CME, Nouveau Classical Project, andPlay, Second Species, and the Emissary Quartet. He has participated in composition master classes with Rodger Reynolds, Jason Eckhardt, 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. Apart from composition and harpsichord performance, his interests include harpsichord and organ building/maintenance, playing the lute and baroque guitar, and studying aspects of American folk and blues music.