Faculty & Staff

Peter Povey

Visiting Assistant Professor
B.M. Royal College of Music in London; M.M. Yale University
65 Georgia Avenue
Guerry Hall 04
Sewanee, TN 37383
Peter Povey began his violin studies at the age of 3 and piano at the age of 5 in England. He studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School of Music, and later at Eton for high school. He received his Bachelor of Music with honors from the Royal College of Music in London, where he studied with Dona Lee Croft and Bela Katona. During his studies in London, Peter performed in orchestras such as the City of Birmingham Symphony and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He also played in orchestras on the soundtracks for movies and TV shows New Line, Searchlight, ITV and BBC as well as touring with rock artists such as Massive Attack and The Corrs. Peter has also performed on Nickledeon, BBC television, BBC radio, LBC radio, and WVIA public radio, as well as performing solo recitals all over Europe and the United States. In addition, he has won many awards, including the Kent Young Concert Artists Award, and the Withers Foundation Award.  

In 2005, Peter founded the McAlester Institute of Music, a summer music program for students of music ages 5-18 in Oklahoma for which he received a prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Award from Washington DC. Peter was also the Education and Music Director of the Montgomery Music Project, an El-Sistema inspired after-school music program in Montgomery, AL.

After moving from London to the United States in 2006, Peter graduated with a Master of Music degree from Yale University in 2009 studying with Ani Kavafian and continued with doctoral studies at Northwestern University with Gerardo Ribeiro.

Previously, Peter was Assistant Professor of Music and String Chair at Syracuse University in New York.

Areas of Expertise

Violin, Viola