crystalline sky music
Peter Fischer is Associate Professor of Music at Texas Tech University where he teaches composition and theory. His works have been performed nationally and internationally. He was named the Grand Prize winner of the 2008 International Society of Bassists for his Sonata for Contrabass and Piano. New works include Primordial, for orchestra, and many recent works for wind ensemble: Dancing in Magic, Sylphs and the Phoenix, The Ygdrassil Prelude, and Firedance. Virtuosic piano works include Rings of Crystalline Sky, Notturno I, and Notturno II. Recent choral works include Twilight, Echo, Leave it Better, Strange Voices Sing Among the Planets, O Magnum Mysterium, and I Would Live In Your Love. In the last year he completed work on a Violin Concerto, the new choral work, Shine, and a String Quartet. The Violin Concerto (first two movements) was premiered in March of 2014 by the TTU Symphonic Orchestra under the direction of David Becker with John Gilbert as soloist. The Trumpet Concerto is nearing completion and was premiered in a preview performance by the TTU Symphonic Wind Ensemble under the direction of Sarah McKoin with Will Strieder as soloist. Works in the coming two years include a Piano Quartet (2015), a revised Viola Concerto for electric viola and electronics (2015), a Piano Concerto (2015-6), and a Cello Concerto (2016). Dr. Fischer studied composition with Dinos Constantinides, Peter Hesterman, Mark Lee, Paul Haydn, and Jan Bach. He studied electronic and computer music with Stephen David Beck. He studied piano with Cynthia Geyer, Mark Lee, and George Sanders. He completed a DMA in Music Composition at Louisiana State University and holds degrees in Music and English Literature from Illinois Benedictine College, and a Master’s Degree in Music Composition from Eastern Illinois University.