Peter Kramer was born in Portland, Oregon (1989) where hestudied composition, piano and violin with Dr. Marshall Tuttle at Mount Hood
Community College. He has recently graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory as
an undergrad with a double major in Composition and Harpsichord Performance.
His principal teachers include Dr. Lewis Nielson and Webb William Wiggins; he
plans on attending graduate school after his time at Oberlin. Peter’s music
focuses on “musical parasites” i.e. residual and musical anomalies 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.
Year round Peter works in Oberlin’s piano/keyboard
workshop where he has recently helped restore an 1810 Broadwood forte piano and
where he maintains and repairs harpsichords on the Oberlin campus under the
direction of Robert Murphy. Apart from composition and harpsichord performance,
his interests include harpsichord building and maintenance, playing the lute
and baroque guitar, and studying aspects of American folk and blues music. He
has co-founded the Ensemble Kritik
with fellow Oberlin students Carrie Frey (viola) and Eastman Presser
(electronics/percussion) on the Oberlin campus, with future plans of
performance in and outside of the conservatory.
Peter has most recently attended the
SICPP and Nief-Norf composition festivals where he worked with composers Roger
Reynolds and Christopher Adler. He has participated in harpsichord master
classes with Mitzi Meyerson, Charles Metz, Ton Koopman, Jacques Ogg and Michael
Sponseller; and composition master classes with Rodger Reynolds, Jason
Eckhardt, Phillip Cashian, George Lewis, and Mark Barden. He has attended the
Vancouver Early Music Festival, Baroque Performance Institute, Accademia
d'Amore opera workshop, and New Music on the Point festivals, and has also
spent time at the Banff Center in Alberta Canada as an artist in residence
working on composition in 2012. 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.