A United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts and an Americans for the Arts Roundtable Fellow, cellist and Gilbert AZ native Peter Eom (b. 1997) is hailed for his “flowing, lyrical quality of sound” and for his unique musical approach that aims to present a vivid, authentic, rhetorical rendering of a diverse array of works.
As soloist, Peter has coäcted with an eclectic selection of collaborators including the National Symphony Orchestra, MusicaNova Orchestra, Bill T. Jones, Americans for the Arts, YoungArts, and Universal Music Group. He is a prizewinner of competitions including the Klein International String Competition, Alexander & Buono International String Competition, National YoungArts Foundation Music Competition, the American String Teachers’ Association Competition, the Dover String Quartet Chamber Music Competition, and in 2013 was chosen as one of three classical musicians representing the United States of America’s combined class of graduating seniors as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts
An avid chamber musician, Peter has also collaborated or otherwise worked in a chamber setting with artists including Joshua Bell, Peter Frankl, Augustin Hadelich, Robert McDonald, Robert Levin, and members of the Tokyo, Emerson, Brentano, Miró, Dover, and Guarneri String Quartets. His recent music festival appearances include the Ravinia Steans Music Institute, Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Norfolk Music Festival, Taos School of Music, and the Colburn Chamber Music Society. His performances while still in high school in the MusicaNova Young Artists recital series, and salon concerts with the Phoenix-Based Melodic Minors quartet, are legendary.
In addition to performing music that sits comfortably in the traditional canon, Peter also involves himself in the practice of historically informed performance, having served the Colburn Baroque Ensemble as continuo leader in performances of works by J.S. Bach, Couperin, Fux, Handel, Telemann, Vivaldi, and Zelenka. Moreover, in addition to early music, Peter also aims to explore the expansive sound-worlds nested in the music inspired by our own time. In this vein, he has delved into the oeuvre of many fascinating composers including Boulez, Carter, Ives, Marsalis, Mellits, Naidoo, Saariaho, Sciarrino, Stockhausen, and Zorn.
Peter is currently pursuing a master’s degree in cello performance with Hans Jørgen Jensen at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, after completing his undergraduate studies with Clive Greensmith at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. He hopes to continue his musical journey slowly but relentlessly, like a hungry clock, excavating and celebrating the many jewels of art he encounters on this ecstatic pilgrimage.