Peter Josheff has been on the front lines of the northern California new music scene for more than thirty years as a composer and clarinetist. He is a founding member of Earplay and of Sonic Harvest, and is a core member of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Empyrean Ensemble (UC Davis), and the Eco Ensemble (UC Berkeley). He performs frequently with Opera Parallele and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and has worked with many other groups including Other Minds, West Edge Opera, Melody of China, the Ives Collective, Mills College Contemporary Performance Ensemble, the Paul Dresher Ensemble, and Composers, Inc. He has appeared on numerous recordings on the Albany, Bridge, Centaur, Innova, Arabesque, CRI, Rastascan, Tazdik, and Electra record labels.
He has composed instrumental and vocal music, opera and pop songs, as well as music for dance and theater. His music has been performed by the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the Farallon Quintet, the Laurel Ensemble, the Bernal Hill Players, Earplay, Sonic Harvest, the Empyrean Ensemble, Melody of China, Goat Hall Productions, and many individual performers. His most recent works include: Images from the Past (2018) for spoken voice and piano; September (2017) for solo violin; Dream Spaces & Recurring Nightmares (2017) for spoken voice and piano, written for and premiered by pianist Kate Campbell; and The Dream Mechanic (2016), for woman’s spoken voice, tenor, and chamber orchestra, commissioned by and premiered by the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra with tenor Brian Thorsett.