Double bassist Peter Seymour is best known as co-founder of PROJECT Trio and PROJECT Players, high energy chamber music ensembles based in Brooklyn, NY. Before starting PROJECT, Peter spent many years performing alongside extraordinary colleagues in some of the finest bass sections in the world, including the Cleveland Orchestra, New World Symphony, and the Colorado Music Festival. He is also well versed in jazz and was the recipient of the Downbeat Magazine Award for Best Jazz Soloist.
Peter is especially passionate about arts education. Through his role as executive director of PROJECT, he organizes events that have benefitted over 600,000 students on four continents, twenty countries, and 43 states. Peter is also the founder of The Studio, a post graduate program in 21st century chamber music and entrepreneurship that focuses on performance, improvisation, composition, recording, video production, and exploring new business models.
From 2014-2017, Peter served as the bass faculty at Depauw University. While at Depauw, he joined the board of 21CM, with distinguished artists, including Yo-Yo Ma. 21CM is an initiative which is a complete re-imagining of the skills, tools and experiences necessary to create musicians of the future. Peter created the 21CM creative artists award competition and oversaw the inaugural competition for the award. He frequently lectures and teaches guest classes about music entrepreneurship at universities and conservatories around the world.
Peter received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master’s Degree in Bass Performance from Rice University where he was a student of Paul Ellison. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Brooklyn, NY.