Photos by Cicely Parnas 

Artwork by Rachel England

I am a composer, electronic musician and pianist. I write music for theater, dance, film, advertising, chamber groups, concerts and more, from heavy hitting synth music to contemporary chamber works. I perform electronic music using live looping and Ableton live and on YouTube and am finishing my first album as SPEARFISHER. 

I create remixes for bands, giving them new audiences and different sound. I produce and co-write songs with emerging artists, making their voices come through stronger with creative and forward thinking production and well informed musicianship, with a doctorate in piano performance and Composition. I write acoustic music for theater, dance and films. 

My turnaround time on pieces is fast and my rates for custom compositions, remixes and advertising content is reasonable.  If you have a project and need music for it in a specific style don't hesitate to contact me.

Full Bio Below

(Peter John’s solo cello piece “from the zodiac”) is full of assertive and expressive music that elicited real enthusiasm from the audience.
— The Washington Post


I’m a classically trained pianist and composer (Masters from Cleveland Institute of Music, DMA in Piano and Composition from the University of Minnesota) who is passionate about the future of classical music. I see our music growing together with the culture of electronics rather than standing in opposition to it. Using electronic manipulations and piano, I collaborated with Son Lux on a track that is slated for release in mid 2014 and created a podcast on the future of classical music, interviewing forward thinking classically trained artists Kishi Bashi, Judd Greenstein and Son Lux that was released on Joyful Noise Records in 2013 and features my original music and sound design. Most recently I've been producing Ashley Dubose's upcoming album, and worked with Dan Richards from One Direction on new songs.

I make electronic music under the name SPEARFISHER and I am always interested in new projects. From live looped ambient cello tracks to forward thinking manipulations of sax and flute. I recently premiered new works at Nautilus Theater in St. Paul and have begun work on a fully staged piece of music theater, "The Donnor Party."  

As a composer, my Solo Cello Piece was recently premiered by Cicely Parnas in The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and received a great review in the Washington Post. He said that “the outer movements were full of assertive and expressive music and elicited real enthusiasm from the audience.” This piece will be played again in Lincoln Center at Merkin Hall among other concerts across the US. I’ve written for multiple mixed and larger ensembles and love making new music for new audiences.

As a pianist, I’ve won numerous competitions and awards and been finalist in more than a few international piano competitions, played internationally in Germany, Spain, Japan and played as a soloist with the National Orchestra of Belarus among others. I’m an avid proponent of playing the “new canon” of classical music that is being written today, as well as shaping what that might be. I’ve given concerts solely of free improvisations and collaborated with oil painters as well as mixed chamber ensembles, from string quartets to jazz trios. My primary interest as a pianist is in creating and performing new music that engages people my own age and sparks new interest in what we now call classical music.

Here is my official classical piano bio.