Peter began studying piano at the age of six, and his passion for composition emerged early when as a child, he began to write pieces emulating the style of Bach whom he was studying at the time. Peter completed his B.A. in Piano Performance at the California State University at Hayward (USA), and graduate degrees in composition at the University of California at Berkeley (USA), where he studied with Joaquin Nin-Culmell, Andrew Imbrie, Edwin Dugger, and Olly Wilson. Peter had to retire early from his career due to medical and personal concerns. By that time though, he already had a work released on the 1750 Arch Records label; numerous performances of his works throughout the United States (New York, San Francisco, Seattle, New Haven, Minneapolis, Dallas) and in Europe (Netherlands and Poland); numerous awards and prizes (the George Ladd Paris Prize and Lili Boulanger Memorial Prize among others); and attended Tanglewood as a Fellowship Composer in 1979. It wasn’t until 2009 that those personal and medical concerns were sufficiently mitigated to allow Peter to resume his life’s work. Today Peter enjoys a full schedule of teaching, composing and performing as he strives to reestablish himself as a composer worthy of interest to contemporary audiences.


Visions des reflets et nocturnes for String Orchestra and Piano

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The Sydney Contemporary Orchestra (SCO), an innovative orchestra for contemporary composers, will perform the world premiere of Visions des reflets et nocturnes for String Orchestra and Piano (2017) by Peter Dickson Lopez. Peter is a member of BMI, American Composers Forum, and the Music Teachers' Association of California. He earned his Ph. D. in Music Composition from U.C. Berkeley and is an internationally performed composer. Peter will perform the world premiere of Visions with the SCO in Sydney, Australia on October 6, 2017. For more information, visit: Listen to Visions here on SoundCloud: