Peter Seivewright was born in Skipton, England, in 1954. He studied music at Oxford and then spent three years as a post-graduate student at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, studying piano with Ryszard Bakst. As a student he was a frequent soloist with RNCM orchestras, receiving particular Press attention for his performance of Richard Rodney Bennett's Piano Concerto.
Peter Seivewright has performed extensively as a recitalist and concerto soloist throughout Great Britain, Ireland, Norway, Germany, Belgium, Denmark (eight recital tours), Latvia, Estonia, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Australia (four recital tours), China, Kuwait, the United States of America and Russia. Notable successes in Europe include his recital on the opening night of the Heilbronn International Piano Forum, a recital which was enthusiastically reviewed in papers and journals in Germany and Italy, and his 1994 recital in the International Masters of the Keyboard series in Bruges, Belgium. One of the few British pianists ever to be invited to perform in this major European piano recital series, his performances of Bach's Goldberg Variations and Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Sonata were rapturously received with a prolonged standing ovation. Peter Seivewright has given recitals and concerto performances in the best-known Concert Halls of all the countries he has visited, including the Wagner Hall,Riga,Latvia; the National Concert Hall, Hanoi,Vietnam; the Melba Hall, Melbourne, Australia; the Aarhus Festival, Denmark; the Concert Hall of the Forbidden City, Beijing, China; and the Philharmonic Hall, Arkhangelsk, Russia.
He has appeared as concerto soloist with a number of leading British orchestras, including the Hallé Orchestra, the Milton Keynes City Orchestra, the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, the Scottish Sinfonietta, the Strathclyde Sinfonia, Camerata Scotland, the Scottish Baroque Soloists, and the Paragon Ensemble, with whom he has appeared as a soloist on a number of occasions. In 1998 he gave the world première of the Piano Concerto by the Scottish composer Rory Boyle, with the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra in Liepaja, Latvia, and in 2001 gave the première in the countries of the former Soviet Union of the Piano Concerto (1930) by the English Romantic composer John Ireland (1879-1962) with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Kazakhstan and their Russian conductor Tolepbergen Abdrashev, in the Philharmonic Hall, Almaty. In June 2003 Peter Seivewright gave the Celebrity Bach recital at the International Bach Academy in Boston, MA, USA. In February 2003 he made his Russian Debut with the Archangelsk Philharmonic Society in North West Russia, and will perform Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in Beijing, China on New Year's Day 2006 with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra.
Peter Seivewright's CD discography is extensive and includes: The Complete Piano Music of Carl Nielsen (2CDs - Naxos), Contemporary Scottish Piano Music, (Merlin), and the major piano works by the Danish Romantic composer Victor Bendix (Rondo Records, Copenhagen). Peter is working through a series of ten CDs for Divine Art featuring all of the 90 Piano Sonatas of Baldasarre Galuppi, the last great composer of the Venetian Republic (3 issued so far). In 2006 Divine Art will release a CD comprising the major piano works of the Danish composer Louis Glass (1864-1936). Future recording plans with Divine Art include a recording of three Bach concertos with the Scottish Baroque Soloists, a disc of Romantic Piano Concertos, which will include those by Bendix and Hartmann, and new recordings of piano works of Max Reger, Martin Dalby, and W G Whittaker.