Composer, musician, author, satirist—Peter Schickele is internationally recognized as one of the most versatile artists in the field of music.  His works, now well in excess of 100 for symphony orchestras, choral groups, chamber ensembles, voice, movies and television, have given him “a leading role in the ever-more-prominent school of American composers who unselfconsciously blend all levels of American music.” (John Rockwell, The New York Times)

His commissions are numerous and varied, ranging from works for the National Symphony, the Saint Louis Symphony, The Minnesota Opera, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Audubon and Lark String Quartets, the Minnesota Orchestral Association, and many other such organizations to compositions for distinguished instrumentalists and singers.  His recent premieres include Spring Forward for clarinet and string quartet, commissioned by Chamber Music Northwest and La Jolla Music Society SummerFest, and premiered by David Shifrin and the Miró Quartet and Burt Hara and the Huntington Quartet;  Percussion Sonata No. 3 “Maverick,” commissioned by Garry and Diane Kvistad and the Woodstock Chimes Fund, and premiered by Nexus; Three Songs on 17th Century Lyrics, premiered by Maria Todaro at the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice;Piano Trio “Alaria,” commissioned and premiered by the Alaria Trio; After Hearing Bach, for oboe and string trio, premiered ty the Armadillo Quartet and Keve Wilson; Lincoln at Ease, for narrator and orchestra, commissioned and premiered by the Louisville Orchestra under Jorge Mester; A Year in the Catskills for woodwind quintet, commissioned, premiered and recorded by the Blair Woodwind Quintet; Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, with Danielle Farina and the Pasadena Symphony under Jorge Mester;  Music for Orcas Island, for the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival;  Symphony No. 2 “The Sweet Season,” premiered by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra under Stefan Sanderling;  Concerto for Cello and Orchestra “In Memoriam F.D.R.;” performed by Paul Tobias with the Pasadena Symphony under Jorge Mester;  New Century Suite, a concerto for saxophone quartet and orchestra, commissioned by the New Century Saxophone Quartet and premiered by them with the North Carolina Symphony;  New Goldberg Variations for cello and piano, performed by Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax;Symphony No. 1 “Songlines,” premiered by the National Symphony under Leonard Slatkin, and since performed across the country by orchestras including the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra;  Blue Set No. 1, a jazz string quartet commissioned by the Greene Quartet and recorded on the Virgin label, among others.  The Armadillo String Quartet has presented annual concerts of Mr. Schickele’s chamber music in Los Angeles since 1991 ... read full bio