Peter Greve was born in 1931 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 (UK), and Terence Lovett (UK) in orchestral conducting. At that same time, he 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. Since his retirement in 2002, he has been fulfilling a wish felt since his early youth of being a full-time musician. He works as a composer, arranger, conductor, and pianist. He is 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 lives in Graveland, a village about 20 km southeast of Amsterdam. Scores and audio or video records of his works can be downloaded free of charge via his website as well. Parts for performances are for sale through the Foundation “Peter Greve, componist & arrangeur”.