Peter Bloesch (pronounced “blesh”) is an award-winning composer who studied at the University of Southern California. At USC, he studied composition, orchestration, conducting, and film scoring, in their prestigious “Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television” program.
Peter grew up in a very musical family, and studied piano, cello, and composition from a young age, and began composing seriously around the age of ten. Growing up worshipping the music of Bach and Handel, his first original works were mainly Baroque in style (including complex fugues), but soon after that he branched out into all the other available styles.
Peter's compositional style combines his classical-music training with his film-scoring experience to create music that is both technically well-crafted and emotionally powerful. Thus, much of his concert music (including chamber, choral, and holiday pops music) has a distinctly dramatic and even cinematic flair to it. Peter enjoys combining a wide variety of musical influences, from Bach to Broadway and from Romantic to modern, often fusing multiple styles within one piece.
Peter composes in a variety of music genres:
Chamber and Vocal Music: Peter is actively involved in the world of chamber and vocal music, and as you can see from the photo below, he's been a lifelong devotee not only of writing chamber music, but performing it as well. He's recently had his piece “Sketches of Scotland for Oboe and Piano” premiered by oboist Dr. Courtney Miller and pianist Dr. Minji Kwon. This 4-movement, 16-minute work was inspired by the gorgeous and varied landscapes of Scotland.
Peter recently wrote a violin/piano piece for world-renowned pianist Dr. Ksenia Nosikova and violinist Katya Moeller, called "Five Pieces for Violin and Piano." He will soon be collaborating with bassoonist Benjamin Coelho and pianist Dr. Alan Huckleberry on a bassoon sonata. He's recently completed a set of art songs, with versions written for soprano or mezzo soprano.
Peter has received many commissions from innovative chamber groups, such as Red Cedar Chamber Music, a critically acclaimed ensemble. He was recently commissioned by Red Cedar to write a Scottish folk song suite for violin and cello duo. Also, his commissioned work for Red Cedar called A Christmas Suite for Flute, Viola, and Guitar was recently published and is available from ALRY Publications.
Choral Music: Peter learned the art of choral writing from a young age by being surrounded by a wealth of choral literature and exceptional choral performances — his father, Richard Bloesch, is a superb choral conductor and a respected authority on choral literature, having contributed frequently to ACDA's Choral Journal. Peter's choral music has been praised by conductors and choirs for being inventive, compelling, and a delight to sing. One of his choral works was premiered by the Grammy award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer on their Christmas concert series.
Holiday Pops Music: Peter received in-depth training in pops arranging from some of the greatest arrangers in Hollywood, including Joe Harnell, Angela Morley, and Irwin Kostal (arranger for “The Sound of Music” and “Mary Poppins”). Peter's holiday music has been performed by symphonies and symphonic choirs across the country.
Film Music: While in Los Angeles, Peter worked with many legendary film composers, including Bruce Broughton, Jerry Goldsmith, and Henry Mancini. He was especially honored to work with celebrated television composer Mike Post on the TV hits “L.A. Law” and “Law & Order.” During this time, he won the competitive “Pete Carpenter Fellowship” award from BMI, an honor given once a year to the most promising young film composer.
Peter wrote the music for the documentary film “A Friend Indeed: The Bill Sackter Story,” a moving story about a disabled man's struggle for acceptance. This award-winning film has received multiple nationwide airings on PBS.
Peter was asked by renowned screenwriter and film producer Barry Morrow to write the featured song for Morrow's newest film. It's a romantic comedy called “All You Ever Wished For” (starring Darren Criss, of “Glee”), and it's now been released on DVD. (Morrow won a screenwriting Oscar for “Rain Man” in 1988.)
Other Compositions: Peter also composes orchestral music and church music. You can hear some of his orchestral music here. (This part of the Listen & Watch page includes orchestral samples of both film and concert music.)
Music has been a lifelong passion of mine. In this photo from 1973,
I'm enjoying some intense but fun chamber music with my brother, David.
(I'm on the right, playing cello.) David has become a wonderful violinist,
whereas I have channeled my musical energies into composition.