A native of Toronto, Peter Seminovs is currently in his sixth year as violinist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Prior to joining the TSO, Peter performed with the Utah Symphony, where he had the opportunity to travel on a month-long tour throughout Germany, Austria, and Slovenia in 2005. In 2011, Peter performed in the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Sun Valley, Idaho and will be returning in 2012.
Peter began playing the violin at the age of five. His studies led him to a Violin Performance Degree at the University of Toronto (where he also minored in Fine Art History) and from there to a Master's diploma at the Mannes College of Music in New York City. His principal teachers include Yaakov Geringas, Atis Bankas and Sally Thomas. From an early age, Peter won competitions and scholarships throughout North America including prizes at the Kiwanis International Music Festival, The Royal Conservatory of Music, the University of Toronto, the Mannes College of Music, and First Prize at the National Canadian Music Competition.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Peter is particularly interested in the music of his Latvian heritage and has performed at various Latvian Concert Association programs throughout Canada and the United States. An avid chamber musician, each year Peter enjoys playing with fellow colleagues from the TSO in the Five Small Concerts series held by the Toronto Symphony Associates.
In the community, he is a member of the Bach Consort, a charity ensemble that performs works by J.S. Bach and others to raise money for local not-for-profit organizations, including the TSO for its education programs. Peter regularly coaches the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra as well as the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, and is in his fifth season participating in the TSO's Adopt-A-Player program. Peter enjoys teaching privately, and specializes in helping other aspiring violinists prepare and take orchestral auditions.
Peter enjoys playing tennis, golf, collecting antique watches, traveling, relaxing at the cottage and taking his dog, Harley (Pug and Jack Russell Terrier mix) on long walks.