Peter Greve (1931-2021) was born in The Hague (Netherlands). He received musical training in The Hague from Jean Antonietti and Léon Orthel (piano), Theo Laanen (trumpet), Dr. Marcus van Crevel (music theory), and later from Willem Frederik Bon (Amsterdam), Myers Foggin (United Kingdom) and Terence Lovett (United Kingdom), in orchestral conducting. During this time, he also studied at the State University of Leiden (Netherlands), where he obtained M.Sc. (1957) and Ph.D. (1959) degrees in chemistry.
After his studies, he worked as a scientific researcher for Philips-Duphar Pharmaceutical Industry and for the Dutch Ministry of Public Health and Environmental Hygiene, but remained active in music on a part-time basis. From 1981 to 2002, he worked as a consultant for various national and international organizations in East Asia, Eastern Europe, Central America, and Arab countries. After his retirement in 2002, he was a full-time musician, fulfilling a wish felt since his early youth and working as a composer, arranger, conductor, and pianist. He was a member of the Society of Dutch Composers (Nieuw GeNeCo) and of BUMA/Stemra (Dutch organization in charge of the collection of music copyrights).
Greve lived in ‘s-Graveland, a village about 20 km south-east of Amsterdam. A more detailed biography and a survey of his compositions and arrangements may be found on his website petergreve.nl
Scores and audio or video-records of his works can be downloaded free of charge from this website as well. Parts for performances are for sale through the Foundation “Peter Greve, componist & arrangeur.”