About Peter

Peter Flint resides in New York City where he is an active accordionist and composer for many various ensembles and instruments. He performs both solo, freelance, and as part of a new accordion quartet. In addition he teaches a few beginner accordion students.

Peter performing accordion in Bryant Park, NYC

He was born in Delaware to a musical family. His mother is a Baroque harpsichordist and artistic director of Brandywine Baroque and his grandmother was a community pianist and organist.

He received a B.A./B.Mus. in History and Electronic Music from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music where he studied with Conrad Cummings, and his M.Mus. from New England Conservatory where he studied with Michael Gandolfi, Lee Hyla, and Scott Wheeler.

In 2010 he surprised everyone, himself included, by taking up the accordion, studying with Walter Kuehr and William Schimmel. This has led to numerous new collaborations, most recently with guitarist Ben Kaplan and with a new formed accordion quartet with which he begins performing in Spring 2014.

In 2002, he founded The Avian Orchestra, a mixed chamber ensemble, to showcase American composers in a series of themed concerts and recordings. The orchestra, currently on an informal hiatus, performed regularly for ten years, building bridges between audiences, performers, and various musical styles and media. Their debut performance, Birds of a Feather, presented a wide variety of music inspired by birds and was favorable reviewed in the New York Times, which described it as “beautifully and sensitively played”.

Recent compositions include We Speak Too Much of Danger for violin and piano, Paganini Is In There Somewhere and The Waning Days of Raphus Cucullatus for solo accordion; ElectroSonata:Spontaneous Combustion for piano and electronics; and Sheetflow Songs, a song cycle without words co-written with guitarist Ben Kaplan. Peter’s music has been performed regionally by The Avian Orchestra, American Opera Projects, the Serafin Quartet, the Orchestra of the SEM Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex, Brandywine Baroque, and the Auros Group for New Music, among others.

In the past he has written music for numerous theatrical productions in New York City and the region at such venues as the Juilliard School Drama Division, the Delaware and Philadelphia Theatre Companies, the 78th Street Theater Lab, and the Jean Cocteau Repertory Theater. In addition he worked with Hyperspace Cowgirls, a now-defunct multimedia company creating software edutainment for children.

When not busy with all this and his family, he serves on the board of directors at the Third Street Music School Settlement, plays soccer, tinkers with vintage bicycles, and sails with the Manhattan Yacht Club.