Discipline: Music Composition

Peter Kronreif

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2021

Drummer and composer Peter Kronreif was born and raised in Salzburg, Austria. He gained a lot of experience as a young player performing with jazz greats in the European scene while he was studying at Bruckner University in Linz with Doug Hammond and Jeff Boudreaux. Working with, amongst others Harry Sokal, Matthieu Michel, Martin Reiter, Johannes Enders, and Alegre Correa brought him to more than 20 nations – and in 2010 he was awarded the Hans-Koller-Prize as “Sideman of the Year.” Kronreif moved to New York that year where he released his first record as a bandleader, Gloaming, with his New York-based quintet WAYFARERS. After a busy period as a sideman in New York, working with artists of different styles and genres such as the Le Boeuf Brothers, Allan Harris, Seamus Blake, Donny McCaslin, John Medeski, Florian Hoefner, Thana Alexa, SK Invitational, John JR Robinson, and Ray Angry, he released his second album, Aeronautics. It was 10 years in the making and released in February 2021 on Fresh Sound New Talent.

While at MacDowell, Kronreif worked on the completion of all self-composed, -recorded, and -produced genre-crossing songs – a project he started during the months of pandemic lockdown. The release of the finished work is planned for fall 2022. He also composed three new pieces for WAYFARERS that will, among his other compositions, be presented on a tour in venues in Europe during the spring of 2022.


Irving Fine

Peter Kronreif worked in the Irving Fine studio.

Youngstown Studio was given to MacDowell by friends of Miss Myra McKeown in Youngstown, OH, where she promoted both art and music. It was renamed Irving Fine Studio in 1972 in honor of Irving Fine, a distinguished composer, conductor, and teacher who was a MacDowell Fellow during the 1940s and 1950s. The simple interior of the studio…

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