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Dr. Lorna Peters
D.M.A., SUNY Stonybrook
(916) 278-7992 • Email
Office: Capistrano 201

Courses/Areas Taught
  • Camerata Capistrano
  • Piano Accompanying
  • Piano

Professor Lorna Peters

Lorna Peters

Lorna Peters, pianist and harpsichordist, leads a multifaceted career as a performer, teacher and recording artist. She has given solo and chamber music recitals in New York, Washington, D.C., Canada, Austria, Germany, Holland and Switzerland. Her repertoire ranges from French baroque to 20th-century American music, and her performances are frequently heard on National Public Radio and Austrian radio. Notable concerts have included a recital of 20th-century music for solo harpsichord, an all Brahms recital on her 1880 Viennese piano in honor of the centenary of the composer’s death, a Handel organ concerto with the Portland Baroque Orchestra and Monica Huggett, solo and chamber music recitals at the Berkeley Early Music Festival, and a series of concerts on the sesquicentennial of Chopin’s death at the Salzburg Music Festival, where she is a regularly featured artist.

Dr. Peters’ recording of C.P.E. Bach’s Chamber Sonatas with Music’s Re-creation was recently hailed by Gramophone magazine as “highly polished and enjoyable performances…strongly recommended.”  Other recordings include Telemann Concertos, Lawes Fantasies, the Fantasies of Locke and Jenkins (Centaur), and Alec Wilder’s Suite for Harpsichord and Flute (Cantilena). Her ensemble credits include Music’s Re-creation, Camerata Academica, the New World Trio, Les Nations Salzburg, Monadnok Music and Duo Continuum.  

Her most recent collaboration, baroque duo Corde à vide with violinist Jubal Fulks, has been described as “fiery and brimming with inspired improvisation”. Spanning over 100 years of baroque music, their repertoire exemplifies the spontaneous, improvisatory character of this period, and showcases the startling cosmopolitan language of the late 17th century, the rich complexity of the German baroque style, and the sumptuous textures and dramatic flair of the late French composers.

Her early career was marked by numerous awards, including the Contemporary Music Prize at the 1989 Paris International Harpsichord Competition, and two Fulbright Scholarships to Austria where she studied with Kenneth Gilbert and Nicholas Harnoncourt at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and with Gordon Murray in Vienna. Dr. Peters earned a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Theodore Rehl. She completed a Master of Music in piano performance with Gilbert Kalish and her Masters and Doctoral degrees in harpsichord performance with Arthur Haas at SUNY-Stony Brook, New York.

From 1993 to 1995 Dr. Peters was on the faculty of the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. She is currently professor of piano, harpsichord, chamber music, and director of the ensemble Camerata Capistrano in the School of Music at California State University, Sacramento.