Peter Brunt studied at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Davina van Wely and Herman Krebbers and continued his studies with Dorothy Delay at the Juilliard School in New York and Sándor Végh in Salzburg. In 1981 he won the Netherlands Violin Competition ‘Oskar Back’ and went on to win various prizes at other international competitions.
Peter has performed extensively as a soloist with numerous orchestras including The Hague Philharmonic, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Amsterdam Sinfonietta. William Jeths wrote his violin concerto Glenz specially for Peter, who recorded it with Amsterdam Sinfonietta, conducted by Lev Markiz. He has also been very active in the richly diverse Dutch ensemble scene, including the contemporary music ensembles Asko|Schönberg and Nieuw Ensemble.
From 1984 he was principal second violinist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, leaving the orchestra in 1987 in order to dedicate himself to his piano trio’s flourishing international career. Since then he has been a guest concertmaster with various orchestras, including the Basel Kammerorchester, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta and Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht.
A founding member of the acclaimed Osiris Trio, Peter has performed in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Wiener Konzerthaus, Kölner Philharmonie and the Wigmore Hall and has recorded numerous CDs, with repertoire ranging from Haydn to newly commissioned works for the trio. He has also performed as a duo with the electric guitarist Wiek Hijmans for many years, focusing on improvisation and crossover repertoire.
Peter teaches violin as principal study as well as a specialised piano trio Master’s degree programme at the conservatoires of The Hague and Amsterdam.