Peter grew up in Budapest Hungary and has been playing piano since the age of four. He studied classical music at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest – the most prestigious music university in Hungary. Here, he earned his Masters and Teacher.
“I also had one of the first rock bands in the communist countries of Eastern Europe – ”Scampolo” – the first band to gain star status in Hungary”
Vamos knows something about torment. A Budapest native, he escaped his Hungarian homeland in his early 20s, leaving a life compromised by Communism. It wasn't an easy defection; he had to leave behind an accomplished career as a concert pianist.
“I escaped from the Communist Party of Hungary and came to the United States with nothing but the clothes I was wearing.”
After arriving in New York City, Peter was accepted by the Juilliard School of Music with a full scholarship and graduated with a Masters in concert piano. It was during this time that he played at Carnegie Hall.
“After school, I decided to get into the restaurant business (my other love!) and opened a few restaurants in Manhattan and, later, in Scottsdale, Arizona. During that time I was still composing my music and played the piano for my restaurant patrons.”
Recently, Peter decided to leave the restaurant business and, instead, make a living composing and playing music full time. Besides teaching privately, he has released numerous albums of original music, and, due to his prolific output, more are now under development.. He has been nominated for a Guggenheim Foundation Grant, has entered compositions in the John Lennon Songwriter's Contest, and has consulted with Maestro Irving Fleming, conductor of the Scottsdale Symphony.
Peter's compositions are much in demand. He has composed music for a nationally known therapist's educational and motivational CDs; he wrote an original soundtrack for an independent documentary movie, soon to be released. Additionally, he licenses video game music, and promotional music for a major pharmacy chain. Production is currently underway on a music video of his latest single, Eclipse My Love.
“I love being able to share my music with the rest of the world and will continue to compose and perform songs that people love.”