Peter Farmer, a composer whose musical roots vary from classical to jazz, was a jazz trumpeter who eventually turned to composition, in his mind a logical, creative extension of improvisation. Mr. Farmer now continues composing and now plays saxophone.
His formal education as a composer consists of a B.M. degree from Boston Conservatory (1968), and at the University of Michigan he completed his Masters (MM) and Doctorate (DMA) degrees in 1976 and 1982 respectively. His teachers at U.M. included William Albright, Leslie Bassett, William Bolcomb, and George Wilson. In 1967 he attended the Ferienkurz fur Neue Musik in Darmstadt, Germany and worked under the direction of Karlheinz Stockhausen.
He taught music theory/composition at the Berklee School of Music from 1980 to '83 and taught music theory and solfege at U. Mass/Lowell in 1987. He is currently teaching composition/counterpoint at Indiana University East via Skype. Since 1993, Farmer, has been recording his music in Prague, Bratislava, and Warsaw. He has composed to date, five symphonies along with other orchestral works, three piano concertos, many choral works, six string quartets, and an variety of chamber works including solo piano pieces.