Last Wednesday PARMA returned to Boston to record a chamber piece by Dutch composer and new PARMA artist, Peter Greve.
Peter is from Graveland, a village 20 km south-east from Amsterdam, where he lives his childhood dream of being a composer, conductor, arranger, and pianist.
From the end of his studies to until he retired in 2002, Peter worked as a scientific researcher in the pharmaceutical industry and state service, serving various UN food and energy organizations. He holds M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from the State University of Leiden in the Netherlands.
Parallel to his studies at the University, Peter received musical training from Dr. Marcus van Crevel (theory), Jean Antonietti and Léon Orthel (piano), Myers Foggin and Terence Lovett (orchestral conducting) and Theo Laanen (trumpet).
The piece that we recorded, “Trio”, was written in the memory of Peter’s dear friend Mary, who passed away on March 18, 2012. The three movements of “Trio” reflect the three aspects of life which were especially dear to Mary: nature, philosophy, and enjoying the presence of people around her.
We were lucky enough to be joined by Peter in the studio, who traveled to Boston from the Netherlands to meet PARMA and the musicians performing his works. Peter’s years spent as a conductor really shined in the studio while guiding the musicians through his complex and emotional piece, as he was able to indicate special dynamic and performance techniques that are impossible to capture on the page.
Peter’s music is set to be released in 2016 on an upcoming Navona Records chamber compilation – stay tuned in for updates on Peter’s music as well as a short interview about his life and music.