German violinist, Peter Rainer, was concertmaster of the Brandenburgische Philharmonie from 1996 and in 2000 took up the position of concertmaster of the Kammerakademie Potsdam. He leads an active career as a chamber musician, soloist and teacher and was the founder and leader of the popular Persius Ensemble, focusing mainly on a repertoire written for the classical nonet. The ensemble’s latest CD of Spohr, Clementi and Mozart was chosen by Berlin-Brandenburg Radio (RBB) as their ‘Best of 2007’. In 2008 he founded the Merlino String Quartet.
Since 2007, Peter has been on the faculty of the “Universitat der Kunste” in Berlin and of the “Stern Institute” for young talented students and is assistant to Prof. Uwe-Martin Haiberg. Music-loving children know Peter Rainer through the many interactive concerts he developed for them in the past 10 years. His upcoming children project is a new concert-version of “Ferdinand the Bull” commissioned by the Kammerakademie Potsdam. He has been a faculty member at the University of Potsdam since 1997 and has worked as the assistant to Professor Schmieder at the Holland Music Sessions and at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
He studied the violin in the US with Professor Eduard Schmieder at the Meadows School of the Arts, where he received his Artists certificate in 1994 and his Master of Violin Performance the following year.
In 1994 he was invited as concertmaster of iPalpiti Artists International, a foundation of exceptional prize-winners from around the globe. In 2005 he received a commendation from the City of Los Angeles for his leadership of iPalpiti and his contributions to culture. In 2010 he appeared at the “Musikfest Schloss Wonfurt” together with “iPalpiti” alumni Tibi Cziger, Caroline v. Bismarck and Eliah E. Sakakushev. During recent seasons Peter led iPalpiti in a special concert at the Nestle Center in Vevey, Switzerland, on its US East coast tour at the Kimmel Center and Carnegie Hall, and to the Bay Area in Northern California.