Peter Kates has been the Solo Principal Percussionist with the Orchestra since 1994. He is chairman of the Percussion Department at the Griegakademiet, Institutt for musikk at the University of Bergen and a member of the Nordic contemporary music ensemble BIT20 Ensemble.
Mr. Kates received his Bachelor of Music degree from The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University as a student of Jonathan Haas and Fred Begun and his Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School of Music where he studied with Roland Kohloff and Elden Bailey. His formal training also includes studies with Arthur Press, Tom Gauger, Charles Smith, Christopher Lamb and Leigh Howard Stevens. He is also an alumnus of the Aspen Music Festival and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.
In New York, Peter has performed and recorded with several noted ensembles such as Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York Chamber Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra, Manhattan Philharmonic Orchestra, Mostly Mozart «Live from Lincoln Center» and the Music Today Series to name only a few. In Norway, he has performed with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and the symphony orchestras in both Stavanger and Trondheim.
As an educator and clinician, Peter Kates has held classes in orchestral performance and chamber music in both Europe and the USA. He interest in education led him to be a founding member of the Bergen Percussion Festival 2007 and the Virtual Music Technology Festival at the University of Bergen.