Violinist Peter Visentin received his Master of Music degree in Performance from the University of Toronto in 1986. He has studied with well-known teachers and concert artists such as Lorand Fenyves, David Zafer, David Cerone, Ruggiero Ricci and the Orford String Quartet.
A player of both modern and baroque violins, Peter has performed in numerous concerts including solo and chamber recitals. As well he has played with several professional orchestras and chamber orchestras in Canada, most recently performing the violin solo for Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra (2008). On baroque violin, he has worked with some of the world’s finest period performance specialists in Toronto (Tafelmusik), Winnipeg, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Boston, Rochester, New York, Stanford, Paris, Venice and more. As a recitalist, he has performed in North America, Europe, Australia and China.
Peter has a broad range of research interests that support his music performance and teaching. For example, he studied to become a violin bow maker in order to examine the impact of different models of bow on musical outcomes in baroque and classical period music. In a different line of inquiry, since 2001, Peter has been the lead investigator in a project that studies the biomechanics of violin performance, their relationship to the development of repetitive stress injuries, and injury prevention education strategies. This work has been accepted for publication and presented at conferences in the fields of Music and Medicine, Biomechanics, Music Education, and Music. It has drawn attention from newspaper and television media, including the Discovery Channel.
Peter Visentin is Professor of Music at the University of Lethbridge where he has worked since 1987. An active performer and teacher, Peter has recently played and given classes in Xi’an, Jinan and Yantei (China); at the University of Western Australia (Perth); at Memorial University (Newfoundland); and was an invited speaker at the combined conference of the Canadian Federation of Music Teacher’s Associations (Canada) and Music Teacher’s National Association (USA) in Toronto (2007), and has been invited for a residency and to lecture in Montreal and Ottawa in summer of 2010.