B.A., Rhode Island College; M.M., D.M.A., The Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford; Graduate Certificate, University of Southern California; Doctor of Music (Honorary), Rhode Island College
Grammy-nominated PETER BOYER is one of the most frequently performed American orchestral composers of his generation. His works have received nearly 350 public performances by more than 100 orchestras, and thousands of broadcasts by classical radio stations around the United States and abroad. He has conducted recordings of his music with three of the world’s finest orchestras: the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He has received seven competitive national awards for his work.
Boyer has been commissioned by such institutions as the Boston Pops Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Eastern Music Festival, Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Pasadena Symphony, and the American Composers Forum. His music has been commissioned, performed, and recorded by prominent American conductors including Gerard Schwarz, Keith Lockhart, Carl St.Clair, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, John Morris Russell, David Charles Abell, Robert Moody, Lawrence Golan, and Raymond Harvey. His music has been recorded for labels including Naxos American Classics, BSO Classics, Koch International Classics, Albany, FWSO Live, and Fanfare Cincinnati (forthcoming in 2015). Boyer’s most recent recording, featuring his Symphony No. 1 and four other works with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, was released worldwide by Naxos in 2014.
In 2010, Boyer was chosen for the Boston Pops’ 125th anniversary commission, honoring the legacy of John, Robert, and Ted Kennedy. Boyer’s Kennedy Brothers was narrated by acclaimed actors including Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, and Alec Baldwin; given ten performances, including on the Boston Pops’ annual Fourth of July concert for a live audience of 750,000; telecast twice; recorded and commercially released. The premiere of Boyer’s work was attended by many members of the Kennedy family, and received extensive national media attention.
Boyer’s music has been performed in such venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall (four works, two premieres) and Brooklyn Academy of Music, Boston’s Symphony Hall, the Tanglewood Music Center, Dallas’ Meyerson Symphony Center, Fort Worth’s Bass Hall, Orange County’s Segerstrom Concert Hall, and Cincinnati’s Music Hall, and has been recorded in London’s Abbey Road Studios (two albums) and AIR Studios. Boyer’s orchestrations have been performed in such venues as the Hollywood Bowl and San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall. In recent seasons, he has served as Composer-in-Residence of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (2010-11) and the Pasadena Symphony (2012-13). His work has been profiled and/or reviewed in such media outlets as the Associated Press, USA TODAY, Variety, CNN.com, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News, Hartford Courant, Symphony Magazine, BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone, and many others.
Boyer’s major work Ellis Island: The Dream of America for actors and orchestra, which celebrates the historic American immigrant experience, has been his most successful composition to date. Premiered in 2002, the work has received over 150 live performances by more than 65 orchestras. Boyer’s 2005 recording of Ellis Island on the Naxos American Classics label was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition.
In addition to his work for the concert hall, Boyer is active in the film and television music industry. He has contributed orchestrations (orchestral arrangements) to more than 20 film scores, for leading Hollywood composers including Thomas Newman (the James Bond film Skyfall), James Horner (The Amazing Spider-Man), Alan Menken, Michael Giacchino (the Oscar-winning Up, Star Trek, Cars 2, Super 8, Mission: Impossible III), Mark Isham (Dolphin Tale, The Conspirator), and Harry Gregson-Williams (Arthur Christmas). Boyer orchestrated suites from the scores to Toy Story 3 by Randy Newman and Wall-E by Thomas Newman for Pixar in Concert, premiered by the San Francisco Symphony and now being performed worldwide. Boyer has twice arranged music for the Academy Awards, and composed music for The History Channel. His music has appeared in documentary film, short films, and a variety of television programs. For more information, please visit www.PropulsiveMusic.com.
Professor Peter Boyer
School of Arts and Humanities
Claremont Graduate University
925 N. Dartmouth Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711