Peter Howard served twenty-nine years as Principal Cellist of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
After being a member of the National Symphony and Assistant Principal of George Szell’s Cleveland Orchestra, he was a bronze medal winner of the Casals International Competition and prize winner of the Queen Elizabeth Competition for the String Quartets. He has performed as a soloist with Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and numerous other orchestras in the United States and Europe; given recitals in Berlin, London, New York and other locales. As a chamber music musician, he has toured in Europe, Israel, South America, with Isaac Stern, Leonard Rose, Pincas Zuckerman, Joseph Silverstein, Shlomo Mintz, Paul Schoenfield and Leo Luvisi.
Mr. Howard has served on the faculties of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Bowling Green State University, Bethel College, Northwestern College, Rolandseck Festival, Verbier Festival, Brevard Music Center, Madeline Island Music Camp, and the North Carolina School of the Arts International Music Program. Mr. Howard currently teaches at the Bowdoin International Music Festival and the Alaska Cello Intensive. His students have won positions in the major orchestras as principals and section players as well as numerous competitions and awards nationally and internationally. Mr. Howard has won the Schubert Club and MMTA Teacher of the Year awards. His cello teachers were Maurice Gendron, Pierre Fournier and Andre Navarra.