Since 1994, Peter Kates has been the Solo Principal Percussionist with the Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester, chairman of the Percussion Department at the Griegakademiet Institutt for musikk and a member of the Nordic contemporary music ensemble BIT20.
Mr. Kates received his Bachelor of Music degree from The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and his Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School of Music.
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.
Mr. Kates has served on the Symphonic Committee for The Percussive Arts Society and is a proud endorser of Zildjian cymbals and Pearl concert percussion.