Peter Gustav Westin II
Gustav is an American composer and conductor based out of Kennesaw, GA. He is the Vice President and Assistant Conductor of the community band APWinds, as well as a member of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra Chorus. He is primarily self-taught, having only taken two semesters of composition lessons at Kennesaw State University, where he participated in master classes and private lessons with Eric Larson, Michael Markowski, Steven Bryant, Ola Gjeilo, Thomas Benjamin, and David Lang. As a part of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra Chorus Gustav performed in the touring concert series The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses in September of 2016 and November of 2017.
In 2009 Gustav won the First Annual Composition Competition at Kennesaw State University with third movement of his orchestral work Suite in G, for orchestra. In November 2013, his first opera, a one-act opera titled The Lifespan of a Fly, with libretto by Vynnie Meli, was premiered as a part of the Atlanta Opera’s 24 Hour Opera Project. 2017 saw the premiere of the first part of his Second Symphony as a part of the Puerto Rico Summer Music Festival Opening Gala Concert, and his chamber works Mother Goose Tales, for english horn, narrator, and piano; and Divertimento, for clarinet and saxophone (commissioned for performance at the 2017 North American Saxophone Alliance Convention). His Fourth Symphony (for wind band) premiered in April 2019 and the tone-poem Summer Music (commissioned by the Georgia Symphony Orchestra) premiered in May of 2019.
Gustav has had original compositions and arrangements for chamber, voice, band, and orchestra performed and premiered in the continental United States, Puerto Rico, Belgium, and Sweden. He has been a proud member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity since 2011.