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CMU Violin Performance

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Kresge Theatre, College of Fine Arts
5000 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213



Invited by faculty member Andrés Cárdenes, Mr. deVries will present a violin masterclass to School of Music students.


Peter deVries was born in the Philippines to American missionaries and, after sporadic lessons overseas, at the age of 16 he returned with his parents to the USA where he began consistent violin studies. After two years of remarkable progress he was accepted to the Indiana University School of Music on full scholarship. There he completed Bachelors and Masters degrees in violin performance with distinction under Josef Gingold and James Buswell.

He has appeared as a soloist and recitalist in much of the United States including Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York and North Carolina and has performed in Europe and South America.

He has served as First Violinist of the Knoxville Symphony Principals String Quartet and the Freimann String Quartet in the United States and has appeared with numerous chamber music groups in Europe including the European Soloists Chamber Ensemble and Quarteto Musicámera Lusitánia. His piano trio, the Lisbon International Trio, recently performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto with John Nelson conducting the Armenian Nat’l Symphony in Yerevan. He has performed with such artists as James Buswell, Andres Cardenes, Josef Gingold, Franco Gulli, Harvey Phillips, Joseph Robinson, and Charles Webb. His chamber music groups have appeared in the Carnegie Recital Hall with critical acclaim from the New York Times and won the Coleman Award at the prestigious Coleman Chamber Music Auditions in Pasadena, California. He was a member of the Grand Teton Music Festival for over 20 years.

Before moving to Europe he held the positions of Concertmaster of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Associate Concertmaster of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and Concertmaster of the Knoxville Symphony Pops Orchestra.

Upon moving to Europe he served for more than 10 years as Principal Concertmaster and Soloist of the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra – the national symphony of Portugal – and gained renown conducting chamber orchestras as soloist/concertmaster/conductor. He has appeared in this capacity and as a soloist and chamber music artist in much of Europe and taught in some of Europe’s leading summer festivals.

Mr. deVries is a recipient of a Presidential Scholars Teacher Award and is currently building his business, teaching and chamber music opportunities in the United States while maintaining an active chamber music career on both continents. He is a member of the Bechtler Ensemble of Charlotte as well as his European group, the Lisbon International Trio. He recently finished a 2-year term as president of the Friends of Music at Queens University in Charlotte.

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