Of Italian descent, Peter Soave (1964) was born in Detroit, Michigan (USA). His earliest memories are of music played on an accordion, and he insists that by age three, he was certain of his life's work. At age sixteen, Soave began to enter international accordion competitions and quickly swept first place four times in England, Germany, Italy, and East Germany, an unheard of feat for a virtuoso of any instrument. Deeply inspired by the music of Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla, Soave began including the characteristic bandoneón, in his performances.
Mr. Soave tours extensively in Europe and the United States. His orchestral engagements include the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Phoenix, and Detroit Symphonies, the Minneapolis, Indianapolis, and Ohio Chamber Orchestras. Internationally, Mr. Soave appeared with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Puerto Rico, the San Salvador Philharmonic, the Zagreb Soloists, and the Belgrade Philharmonic. Some of the conductors with whom Mr. Soave has worked are Duilio Dobrin, Guillermo Figueroa, Neeme Jarvi, Eri Klas, James Levine, Leone Magiera, Hermann Michael, Leo Najar, and Robert Spano. His most recent solo recital was at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. For the only North American appearance, in 1999, of the "Three Tenors" (Pavarotti, Domingo and Carreras), Soave performed as the featured bandoneónist. His latest appearance with Mr. Pavarotti was in September 2003. His 2006 tour in Asia, including Shanghai, Beijing, Mongolia, Hanoi, Seoul, was a critical success.
On a creative level, Mr. Soave has collaborated with Aldermaro Romero, the foremost composer and senator of Venezuela, premiering many of his works. In 2001, Soave performed Romero's Piazzollana-Homàge à Piazzolla (written for Soave) at l'Accademia de Santa Cecilia in Rome. In 2003, Romero dedicated his latest compositions "Tango Furioso" and "Soavecito" for Accordion and Orchestra to Peter Soave.
Peter Soave received the Detroit Music Award for Best classical Recording in 2001 and Best Classical Instrumentalist in 2003.
The hallmark of Peter Soave's performances is the excitement of his execution and the sensitivity of his touch.