Peter Knell has received First Prizes in the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's International Composers Competition, the Indiana State University Louisville Orchestra Prize, and the Omaha Symphony International Competition, and Second Prizes in the Fourth International Witold Lutoslawski Competition, the First International Competition In Memoriam Zoltán Kodály, and the Cincinnati Symphony's Young Composers Competition. He has also received a Fulbright Fellowship, a BMI Student Composer Award, two ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composers Awards, and commissions from the Fromm Music Foundation, Ying Quartet, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, Utah Arts Festival, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Lyris Quartet, and Dale Warland Singers.
Peter's music has been performed by the Hungarian Radio Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Kremlin Chamber Orchestra, Filharmonia de Stat Transilvania, Winnipeg, Omaha, Richmond, Memphis, and Oakland East Bay Symphony Orchestras, Jacaranda, and by soloists including James Dunham, Martin Chalifour, Vijay Gupta, Peabody Southwell, and Ingeborg Danz. It has been broadcast nationally in Russia, Canada, Hungary and Finland, and in several US cities. His Seven Last Words, based on paintings of Rolf Stein, is available in a book/CD format from Valve-Hearts, Cologne. Other works are available on the Ars Produktion, Sono Luminus, Hungaroton, and OehmsClassics labels.
Peter holds degrees from Princeton University (BA), the Juilliard School (MM), and the University of Texas at Austin (DMA). He was a Fulbright Fellow at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland.