Recognized worldwide as a master of the concert accordion, Peter Soave has established himself as the leading soloist of his generation.
Of Italian descent, Peter Soave’s earliest memories are of music played on an accordion. He began music studies at five, and quickly gravitated towards classical music. At sixteen, he entered international competitions and swept first place four times, confirming his reputation as a virtuoso of the highest order: Grand Prix in Neu Isenberg, West Germany; Klingenthal Wettbewerb in East Germany; Coupe Mondiale in Folkstone, England; and the Trophée Mondiale in Arrezano, Italy.
In 1987, Peter Soave was the inaugural recipient of “Voce d’Oro,” the international award honoring those who have given prominence to the accordion in the world of modern music. Deeply inspired by the music of Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla, Mr. Soave’s impassioned musicianship motivated him to include the characteristic bandoneon in his performances.
Mr. Soave’s engagements include performances as a soloist and with orchestra and chamber ensembles throughout North and South America, Asia, Middle East, Europe, and Russia. He has appeared with the San Francisco Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Zagreb Philharmonic, Windsor Symphony, Flint Symphony, San Salvador Philharmonic, Belgrade Philharmonic, Lubbock Symphony, Bellevue Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico, Williamsport Symphony, and The Zagreb Soloists. Mr. Soave collaborated with conductors such as James Levine, Neeme Jarvi, Thomas Wilkins, Robert Spano, Leone Mageira, Hermann Michael. For the only North America appearance in 1999 of the “Three Tenors,” Soave performed as the featured bandoneonist. He has also appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
In 2006, Soave premiered Astor Piazzolla’s oratorio “El Pueblo Joven”, written for symphony orchestra, voice recitative, soprano, bandoneon, choir, and percussion, with the National Radio Orchestra of Bucharest, Romania.
Mr. Soave has had numerous compositions written for him by the Venezuela’s foremost composer, Aldemaro Romero: “Piazzollana-Homage à Piazzolla” for bandoneon and full orchestra; “Suite de Castelfidardo” for bandoneon and string orchestra; “Soavecito” for accordion and string orchestra; and “Tango Furioso” for bandoneon and string quartet. Romero’s “Five Paleontological Mysteries,” for accordion and string quartet, received its American premiere in Detroit in February 2008 and its European premiere in Italy in July 2008.
Mr. Soave’s discography includes a solo album “Pride and Passion,” “Five Tango Sensations” with The Rucner String Quartet, a double CD “Undertango 2,” and “Peter Soave & Symphony Orchestra,” featuring the music of Astor Piazzolla and Carmine Coppola. His recording awards include the Detroit Music Award for Best Classical Recording and Best Classical Instrumentalist.
Eager to harmonize nature and music, Soave founded the Peter Soave Music Academy (www.petersoavemusicacademy.com) in the Dolomite Mountains in Italy, which is widely attended every summer for 2 weeks.