Dr. 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. Recent music includes The Universe Cantos (2021), a suite of five movements for large orchestra, his three-movement Piano Concerto (2019), Primordial (2018) for large orchestra, a Violin Concerto, and the Piano Quartet, commissioned and premiered in 2016 by the world-renowned Ames Piano Quartet. A CD of his complete wind ensemble works was released in 2021 on the Toccata Classics label, and includes Firedance, the Trumpet Concerto (with world renowned Jens Lindemann as soloist), The Yggdrasil Prelude, Aspens in Autumn, and the five-movement suite The Ballet of Magical Beings. The Ballet was premiered at Middle Tennessee State University with Reed Thomas conducting, and received a triumphant performance in 2008 at the Banda Sinfônica do Conservatório de Tatuí, Dario Sotelo, musical director, Tatui, Brazil.
Dr. Fischer has a rich library of choral works, including Peace I Leave with You, just performed at
St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City in February of 2020 by Trent Brown and Florida Gulf Coast University. Other choral works included Take My Hand, Strange Voices Sing Among the Planets, Peace (upon which the second movement of the Piano Concerto is based), The Sea is Calm Tonight, Twilight, Shine, I Would Live in Your Love, and O Magnum Mysterium, the later premiered in Germany during the Lubbock Chorale tour. His choral works have been performed at the ACDA Regional Convention in Salt Lake City, and the National SCI Convention in Columbia, South Carolina. Works for piano—Notturno I: Rings of Crystalline Sky, Notturno II, and Notturno III, are virtuosic modern works with complex rhythmic textures and intense lyricism. His chamber opera O D’Amarti O Morire, based on the infamous Gesualdo murders, received its premiere in Toronto, Canada, and its US premiere by the faculty at the University of Delaware.
Prestigious international conferences invited commissioned works for premieres at the Saxophone Congress in Slovakia (Cobalt Blue for alto saxophone and piano), the Viola Congress in Iceland (Reykjavík Quintet for solo viola and string quartet), and the ClarinetFest in Kansas City (Sonata for Clarinet and Piano). He was named the Grand Prize winner of the 2008 International Society of Bassists competition for his Sonata for Contrabass and Piano, premiered at their International Convention at Penn State University. Many of his works use a unique harmonic and melodic language about which he has given seminars throughout the United States. His music is published by Colla Voce Music and Crystalline Sky Music.