About Peter Mose

Peter Kristian Mose is a music educator and arts journalist based in Toronto, Ontario. He was declared to be Canada’s one first-rate classical music newspaper critic by the distinguished Queen’s Quarterly literary journal, during his seven years of concert reviewing for the Toronto Star, the country’s largest paper. He has written reviews, articles, and essays for many other newspapers and magazines both in Canada and the US, published his own weekly music newsletter (Toronto Classical Report), and been a program note writer for major American concert halls and orchestras (Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Baltimore Symphony, LA Philharmonic, UC Berkeley, etc.). His favorite critic position was as a weekly classical music commentator for a superb Canadian fine-arts radio station in Toronto (CJRT-FM).

Peter is also a committed studio piano teacher to the amateur musician of any age: his students are notable both for their love of music and for their loyalty. A strong proponent of lifelong learning, he developed and co-leads a one-week adult music immersion program for pianists each July on the campus of Williams College in Massachusetts, and has been presenting innovative participatory-listening workshops to novices and music professionals alike for the past several years in various North American locales.

Mr. Mose holds degrees from Dartmouth College (A.B. with distinction in music, minor in philosophy) and National-Louis University (M.Ed. in adult learning), both in the US, and diplomas from Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music (A.R.C.T. in piano performance and A.R.C.T. in piano pedagogy, the latter with Gold Medal first prize). He also did graduate work in critical musicology at Stony Brook University, with Charles Rosen and others. He was twice named a fellow of the Music Critics Association of North America for training institutes in music journalism, working with such distinguished mentors as Michael Steinberg, Martin Bernheimer, and Sir Nicholas Kenyon.

In more recent years Peter has pursued extensive studies in Dalcroze Eurhythmics — the respected European system of experiential music education through physical movement — working notably with the American pianist/dancer Monica Dale and the late Canadian pianist/dancer Donald Himes.

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Peter Mose is a successfully reunited adoptee, and a strong and public advocate for open adoption records. He sits on the executive committee of Bastard Nation, the crusading U.S./Canadian adoptee rights organization.