Peter Chatterjee is a Bay Area-based composer, arranger, and conductor. He began studying composition at Berklee College of Music, where his primary mentors were Dr. Marti Epstein, Dr. Panagiotis Liaropoulos, Bob Pilkington, Ayn Inserto, and Greg Hopkins. At Berklee, he focused on jazz composition, film scoring, and conducting. He holds a bachelor of music in jazz composition and film scoring, and graduated summa cum laude. Peter earned his master’s degree in composition with distinction at California State University, Northridge, where he studied with Dr. Liviu Marinescu and Dr. A.J. McCaffrey.
As a composer and arranger Peter has written for an array of large and small ensembles and across a wide range of musical genres. In his time at Berklee, his output included several works for orchestra, arrangements for small jazz ensemble, extended works for large jazz ensemble, and several short films. His music has been read by ensembles including the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra, Berklee Symphonic Orchestra, and the Esterhazy Quartet. In the time since, he has focused on chamber, orchestral, electronic music, while experimenting with new music for large jazz ensemble that will be coming out in the near future. His recent work includes an extended setting of Edgar Allan Poe’s “Spirits of the Dead” for mezzo soprano and large chamber ensemble that was recently recorded, as well as an orchestral work, Winter Sunrise Over the Pacific, recently read and recorded as part of the Pacific Chamber Orchestra’s Dream American Composers Workshop.