Born in The Hague, Netherlands, Greve decided at the young age of 6 that he wanted to become a composer; when, exactly, had yet to be determined. The music of Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert were frequent in Greve’s childhood home, held to high regard and almost treated as guests as they captured his family’s attention when played on the radio.
Peter Greve and Clarinetist at PARMA Session
Though music was evidently the path for Greve to take, other stops were made along the way in his journey to becoming a full time artist. Greve continued his musical studies in piano, trumpet, theory, and orchestral conducting during his collegiate career, but ultimately finished with a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Chemistry. His devotion to music was still strong, however his career as a scientific researcher in the pharmaceutical industry and in state service took the reins.
Greve’s career in the world of science was fruitful, having acted as a consultant for various national and international organisations such as the UN-Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the UN-World Health Organization (WHO). After his retirement in 2002, Greve went on to fulfill his early childhood dream of becoming a full time composer, arranger, conductor, and pianist, becoming a member of the Society of Dutch Composers and BUMA/Stemra, the Dutch organization charged with collecting copyrights for its members.
Greve made his Navona Records debut on PINNACLE in January 2016 with his piece Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano, written to honor his late friend’s outgoing personality, love of nature, philosophy, and altruism.