Peter Knell

(b. 1970, Pasadena, California).

American composer of mostly orchestral, chamber and choral works that have been performed in the Americas and Europe.

Mr. Knell received his BA from Princeton University, then studied with David Diamond at the Juilliard School in New York, New York, where he earned his MMus, and with Donald Grantham and Dan Welcher at the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his DMA.

Among his honours are the Fulbright Fellowship, First Prize in the competition of the New Music Festival of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, First Prize in the competition of the Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival/Louisville Orchestra, First Prize in the competition of the Omaha Symphony Guild, Second Prize in the competition Witold Lutosławski, Second Prize in the competition Zoltán Kodály and Second Prize in the competition for young composers of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.





'...the weakening eye of day', large orchestra, 1994

Vortex, string orchestra, 1995

Infernal Whispers, symphonic band, 1996

Sinfonietta, 1996

Virvatuli, large orchestra, 1997

Night Incantation, large orchestra, 1998

Fanfares & Fantasies, 1999

American Overture, 2000

LINES/ANGLES, large orchestra, 2001

Rhythm Changes, violin, orchestra, 2003 (version of work for violin, piano)

Variation-Fantasy, small orchestra/orchestra, 2007

Touching Red, small orchestra/orchestra, 2010

Charged Particles, 2011


Sonata, viola, piano, 1992

Blues, violin, piano, 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

Piano Trio, violin, cello, piano, 1999

Seven Last Words, violin, 2000

Dialogues, viola, piano, 2001

Rhythm Changes, violin, piano, 2002 (also version for violin, orchestra)

Fantasy, viola, piano, 2004

Collage, piano, string quartet, 2005

(012) – (01234), clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, 2006

Beethoven Cadenzas, violin, 2007

String Quartet No. 2, 2008


But what after all is one night? (text by Virginia Woolf), mixed chorus, 1996

Ferry Bluff (text by Thomas Gardner), 8 mixed voices, 1999

Tautology (vocalise), mixed chorus, 2003

Sing, Praise! (alleluia), mixed chorus, 2004

On a Mountain Path (text by Matsuo Bashō [English translation]), 4 female voices, 2009

Passing (text by Walt Whitman), 3 female voices, 2010


Three Songs (text by Robert Frost), tenor, piano, 1994

Joy (text by Thomas Gardner), soprano/mezzo-soprano, cello, 1999 (also version for alto/baritone, violin, 1999)

Griffiths Songs (text by Bryn Griffiths), alto, violin, 2004

Canciones de Agua (text by Pablo Neruda), alto, violin, 2012


Sonata, 1995

Seven Snapshots, 2000

Four Snapshots, 2003

Snapshots 2005, 2005