Knell, Peter (b. 1970, Pasadena, California). American composer of orchestral, chamber, vocal, and piano works that have been successfully performed in the Americas and abroad, and that have won him numerous awards.
Mr. Knell received his BA from Princeton University, his MMus from the Juilliard School and his DMA from the University of Texas at Austin. His principal teachers were David Diamond, Donald Grantham and Dan Welcher.
He has received awards in numerous national and international competitions, including First prizes in the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival International Composers Competition, the Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival/Louisville Orchestra Competition and the Omaha Symphony Guild International New Music Competition.
He has also received Second prizes in the Fourth International Witold Lutoslawski Composers Competition, the First International Composers Competition (In Memoriam Zoltán Kodály) and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Young Composers Competition.
He has received two ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composers awards, a BMI Student Composer Award, a Fulbright Fellowship, the Renée B. Fisher Composer Award and grants from from Meet the Composer and the Paloheimo Foundation. He has also received commissions from the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, the Dale Warland Singers, the Guild Trio, the Oakland East Bay Symphony Orchestra, Southwest Chamber Music, the Stern-Schoenhals Duo, the Virginia Music Teachers Association, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
The Hungarian Radio Orchestra and the Louisville Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of Memphis, Oakland, Omaha, Richmond, and Winnipeg have performed his orchestral music throughout Europe and North America. The Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, the Continuum Ensemble (UK), Ensemble Musicattuale (Italy), the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, the Onyx String Quartet, the Poné Ensemble, Southwest Chamber Music, the Stern-Schoenhals Duo, and the Verdi Quartett have performed his chamber music.
His works have been broadcast nationally in Canada and Hungary, statewide on Nebraska Public Radio and on stations in Austin, Charlottesville (Virginia), Helsinki, Los Angeles, Oakland, Omaha, Richmond, San Diego, and San Francisco.
E-mail address: KNELL1@aol.com
Street address: Mr. Peter Knell, 1215 Hillcrest Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106, USA
Telephone: 626 564 1087
STAGE: King Lear (incidental music, play by William Shakespeare), flute (+ piccolo, bass flute), double bass, prepared piano, percussion, tape, live electronics, 1996; Tell (mini-opera, libretto by Joseph Goodrich), 3 sopranos, actor, piano, 2002
ORCHESTRAL: ‘…the weakening eye of day’, large orchestra, 1994; Infernal Whispers, wind orchestra, 1996; Sinfonietta, small orchestra, 1996; Virvatuli, 1997; Night Incantation, 1998; Fanfares and Fantasies, 1999; Lines/Angles, 2001
CHAMBER MUSIC: Sonata, viola, piano, 1992; Blues, violin, piano, 1993; Elegy, French horn, 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba, 1993; String Quartet No. 1, 1994; Epigrams, double bass, 1995; Vortex, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion, 1995; Elegy, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion, 1995; Paraphrase, string quartet, 1996; Rhapsody, cello, 1997; Sonata, tenor saxophone, piano, 1998; Haiku, flute, clarinet, bassoon, violin, viola, cello, piano, 1999; Piano Trio No. 1, violin, cello, piano, 1999; Seven Last Words, violin, 2000; Dialogues, viola, piano, 2001; Rhythm Changes, violin, piano, 2002
CHORAL: Ferry Bluff (text by Thomas Gardner), double mixed chorus, 1999
VOCAL: Three Songs (text by James Joyce), tenor, French horn, piano, 1992; Frost Songs, tenor, piano, 1994; ‘Out, out–’ (text by Robert Frost), alto, violin, 1995; Joy (text by Thomas Gardner), soprano, cello, 1999; Fluorescent Sun (text by Eisa Davis), baritone, piano, 2002; Twenty Hyphen Two (text by Melissa James Gibson), baritone, piano, 2002
PIANO: Sonata No. 1, 1995; Snapshots, 2000
(Last updated on March 18, 2003)