Peter Freisinger, Conductor

 

Peter Freisinger received a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Indiana University at Bloomington. He studied orchestral conducting at the Pierre Monteux School, and at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, earning a Masters and Doctorate. His conducting mentor at CCM and later in Seattle was Gerhard Samuel.

Early Years

Upon completion of his academic studies, Freisinger worked for six years in German opera houses (Nordhausen, Hagen, Hildesheim, Trier), conducting opera, operetta, musicals, orchestral music, ballet, and cabarets, and was active as a pianist and vocal coach. Peter then moved to New York, where he conducted with the New York City Opera Education Department, taught at Sarah Lawrence College and the Manhattan School of Music, improvised for dance classes at the Alvin Ailey School, and for silent films at Lincoln Center. In addition, he was organist and choir director at Sunnyside Reformed Church in Queens.

Assistant Professor and Conductor

During the 2002-03 academic year, Freisinger was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Central Arkansas, conducting the Conway Symphony and the UCA Chamber Orchestra. Upon returning to Boston, he was both assistant conductor and a violist with the Civic Symphony of Boston. In 2004, Peter began playing piano concertos with the Harvard Musical Association’s reading orchestra.

From 2005-2008, he was Music Director and Conductor of the Parkway Concert Orchestra, and also guest conducted the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Repertory Orchestra. In the summer of 2006, he conducted readings of Bach and Schoenberg at the Chamber Music Conference of the East in Vermont. In the summers of 2005 and 2007, Peter attended the National Arts Centre’s Conductors Programme under Jorma Panula and Kenneth Kiesler. As an orchestral violinist, he often returned to the Pierre Monteux School, where he was once a student of Charles Bruck. In 2007-08, Peter was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music.

Freisinger Chamber Orchestra

In the summer of 2008, Peter founded the Freisinger Chamber Orchestra. Both summers of 2008 and 2009 included return trips to Interlochen as a violist, conducting readings of works by Beethoven and Mozart, and performing as a pianist. In summer of 2009, he led a reading of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 with the Brooklyn Symphony, and was invited to audition as a finalist for the assistant conductor position with the Orchestre National de Montpellier. In June of 2010, Peter began organizing readings with the FCO. These have included Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 3, 4, 6, and 9, Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 4, 7, and 9, Stravinsky: Petrushka (1911 version) and Le sacre du printemps, Debussy: La mer and Trois Nocturnes, Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique and Scene d’amour, Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, Schoenberg: Five Pieces for Orchestra (original version), Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Schumann: Symphony No. 3 and Manfred Overture, Saint-Saens: Bacchanale, Dvorak: Symphony No. 9, Smetana: The Moldau, Strauss: Don Juan, Ravel: La Valse, Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 and 5, Elgar: Enigma Variations, Brahms: Haydn Variations, and Schubert: Symphony No. 9.

Premieres, Lectures, Accompanist

Freisinger has premiered works by Michele Caniato, Luiz Castelões, Chao-Jan Chang, Donald Denniston, Lyudmila German, Anthony Green, Jakov Jakoulov, Jae Hyeok Jang, Matti Kovler, Vasiliy Medved, Kam Morrill, Gary Noland, Benjamin Park, Michael Romanul, Aaron Rosenberg, Koray Sazli, Dan Shore, Moshe Shulman, Igor Tkachenko, and performed contemporary composers Mohammed Fairouz, Allen Feinstein, and Steven Snowden.

In 2011, Peter conducted twenty-first century choral and instrumental pieces, including a world premiere, at the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut. He has lectured for the Wagner Society in Trier, Germany, and for children at the Dexter and Southfield Schools in Brookline, MA. As a pianist/improviser, he accompanied silent films in New York, Boston, Providence, and Hildesheim, Germany, and recorded a DVD of Irish silent films with filmmaker Peter Flynn of Emerson College (The O’Kalem Collection: 1910-1915). Peter returned to the New York Jewish Film Festival to accompany Benya Krik in March, 2016. Freisinger also plays for ballet at The Boston Conservatory, including their summer dance intensives, and has played at the Boston Ballet School. In 2013, he accompanied auditions and masterclasses on piano at the Classical Singer Convention in Boston, and debuted as a conductor in Kazan, Dimitrovgrad, and Ulyanovsk, Russia. In addition, Peter conducted a reading with the student orchestra at the Nizhniy Novgorod Glinka Conservatory. He was music director at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Braintree, MA for two years, and is currently music director at The First Baptist Church in Needham, MA, and pianist at The University Club. In 2015, he was invited to conduct the Pacific Symphony Orchestra in Vladivostok, Russia in April, as part of the Festival of Classical Music, “Far Eastern Spring.” In June 2016, Peter returned to Ulyanovsk for an outdoor concert, performing works by Glinka, Ravel, Enesco, Falla, and Gershwin.

Educator

An enthusiastic educator, Freisinger has often rehearsed with the Thurnauer Symphony Orchestra, Youth Orchestras of Essex County Junior Symphony (both in New Jersey), New Jersey City University, and with the Phillips Exeter Academy Symphony and Symphonia (New Hampshire). He also gave a lecture on American music (in Russian), coached singers in foreign language diction, and coached a pianist in improvisation at the Nizhniy Novgorod’s Glinka Conservatory in December 2013. In March 2015, Freisinger led a reading at the esteemed Seoul Arts High School in Korea, then presented masterclasses at four schools in Vladivostok, Russia.

Peter enjoys speaking foreign languages, including German, Russian, and Romance languages, and has run five half marathons.