Peter Wilson is an engaging and multifaceted violinist, conductor, arranger, and composer whose artistry has been noted as “first-class” by The Washington Post. He serves as Music Director of the Richmond Philharmonic and The American Prize-winning Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra in Virginia as well as Artistic Director and Conductor of the American Festival Pops Orchestra in the National Capital Region. Peter is the former senior enlisted music advisor to The White House, where he led countless ensembles and performed as a Marine violinist for 30 years in direct support of five U.S. Presidents. He served as String Section Commander for “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band and upon retiring was awarded the Legion of Merit. Peter has conducted the National Symphony and National Gallery of Art Orchestras and holds degrees from Northwestern University and The Catholic University of America, where he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts.
Peter began his career as Concertmaster of the Walt Disney World Orchestra and appeared as soloist with such legends as Rosemary Clooney, Renée Fleming, and Bernadette Peters. He performed the Theme from “Schindler’s List” at The Kennedy Center with Academy Award-winning film composer and conductor John Williams, who hailed Peter as “a brilliant musical artist.” A true ambassador of music, Peter has soloed in unique venues around the globe including the Presidential Retreat at Camp David, the private chambers of the Vatican before Pope John Paul II, and Carnegie Hall. He is frequently invited to perform his moving solo violin arrangement of The Star-Spangled Banner for high-profile events including Major League Baseball games. Peter is cofounder of the string duo “Bridging the Gap,” which was praised by The Washington Post for “superior arrangements and uncommon musicianship.” A Cleveland native, Peter began violin at age two, later moving to Morgantown, West Virginia, where he became the first musician ever to receive the Governor’s Award for Exceptional Achievement in the Arts. Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia national music fraternity honored Peter with its prestigious “Signature Sinfonian” award for his “outstanding commitment and dedication to the performing arts while serving as a successful role model.” The Strad magazine encapsulated his performances best by stating, “[Wilson] made music that had the stamp of quality.”