Composer of Modern Classical and Avant-Garde music.
Peter Scartabello (b. 1972, Providence Rhode Island) started composing at age 9. His early interest in computer composition brought about his first major work for orchestra and synthesizer in 1985–86, entitled Drochthamion Demonica.
From 1990–91 he studied music theory and composition at Manhattanville College NY, where he also played percussion in the Manhattanville Symphony Orchestra. In 1991 he completed Two Symphonic Poems Op. 1, for orchestra. In that same year he studied percussion with George Goneconto at Rhode Island College.
From 1992–95 Mr. Scartabello studied composition with Dary John Mizelle and Alvin Brehm at Purchase College NY, where he later received a BFA in classical composition.
In 1993, his piece Confined Infinity (piano, flute, percussion and double bass), was performed at a concert at Purchase College under the artistic direction of renowned percussionist Raymond DeRoches.
Mr. Scartabello also took part in the 1995 Purchase College Computer Music Forum, where his piece Electro-Magma Op. 3 (bass clarinet and tape) was performed. The piece was also broadcast on The Latest Score, 92.1 WOMR FM, Provincetown MA.
In 2004, the piece Threshold (5 Bb clarinets) was commissioned by clarinettist Sarah Ladd and was world premiered later that year by her ensemble at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
In 2006, the Warwick Symphony Orchestra (Rhode Island) commissioned Mr. Scartabello to compose his Symphony No. 2 to honour their 40th aniversary. Later that year guitarist William Maker commissioned Mr. Scartabello to write the piece Difference Engine for two classical guitars. The piece was premiered that year by William Maker and Eric Christiansen at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. Mr. Scartabello is currently living in South Kingstown Rhode Island and teaches percussion and piano at the Knapp School of Music in Peace Dale Rhode Island.