Peter Brunt, Violin

In 1980 I joined the European Community Youth Orchestra, providing unforgettable experiences; both musical and social.

In 1981 I was asked to join an exciting new project, a chamber-orchestra which would take a professional turn and would work together on a regular base. I felt honored to join, and have special memories of that first period.

And then, a bit to my surprise, I was appointed leader of second violins in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, this in combination with an intensifying schedule of chamber music concerts in The Netherlands made me (reluctantly) decide to leave the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.”


Peter Brunt studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory with Davina van Wely and Herman Krebbers and continued his studies with Dorothy Delay at the Juilliard School in New York and Sándor Végh in Salzburg. In 1981 he won the National Violin Competition and in the years that followed, he won further awards at international competitions.

Peter Brunt has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Residentie Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Willem Jeths wrote his violin concerto Glenz for him, which Peter recorded on CD with Amsterdam Sinfonietta and conductor Lev Markiz. He has also made his mark in the Dutch ensemble world, including collaborations with Asko|Schönberg and the Nieuw Ensemble.

From 1984 to 1987 he was principal second violin at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, a job he gave up to dedicate his time to the internationally flourishing Osiris Trio. Nevertheless, in recent years he has been regularly invited as a guest concertmaster by the Basel Chamber Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta and the Nieuwe Filharmonie Utrecht.

As co-founder of the renowned Osiris Trio, Peter Brunt has performed in prestigious concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Kölner Philharmonie and the Wigmore Hall. He also recorded numerous CDs with the trio with repertoire ranging from Haydn to new works written for the trio. With Wiek Hijmans on electric guitar, he has been a duo for years that focuses on improvisation and crossover repertoire.

Peter Brunt is teaches violin and chamber music at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.

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