Peter Homans received a BA in English from Washington & Lee University followed by two master’s degrees in music from New England Conservatory with Don Martino (Composition) and then Ernst Oster (Theory) in 1974 and 1976. He received two fellowships to Tanglewood in ’75 and ’76, studying with Gunther Schuller, Betsy Jolas, and Oliver Knussen. During his stay, he won the first ever Aaron Copland Prize for Composition.
After his studies, Homans worked as Assistant Business Manager and Principal Musical Assistant for Leonard Bernstein. Having decided not to pursue a career in academia, he has spent the last 30 years in the financial industry, working as a partner at Bear Stearns, principal of his own brokerage firm, and most recently principal of the Parkman LP hedge fund.
He has written and recorded numerous pieces for chamber ensembles and orchestras, including the NY Chamber Symphony, Marin Alsop’s Concordia, Boston Musica Viva, Dinosaur Annex, Czech Radio Orchestra, and the Silesian Radio Orchestra. He has released 3 CDs and most recently premiered his viola concerto Dialogs with soloist Will Frampton, and Dinosaur Annex, which will be released on PARMA Recordings along with pieces from this concert later this year.