Peter Tracy is a music writer, art critic, cellist, and composer based in Seattle, Washington. As a writer and critic, Peter's work has appeared in VAN, Variable West, The Public Domain Review, Second Inversion, and Clef Notes. He is currently a staff writer for A Closer Listen, and in March 2022, he launched Everyone and I, an online newsletter and publication focusing on music, literature, and art criticism.
Peter's debut musical project, Lines and Planes, is an electroacoustic piece stitching together audio recorded throughout 2020 and 2021. Following up this project, he released Three Places, an experiment in field recordings and sparsity. In 2022, his debut piece as a composer, For Sophie, was premiered by percussionist Sophie Schmidt.
Peter graduated from the University of Washington in 2020 with degrees in Music and English Literature, studying cello with Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir and completing a thesis on the novels of Karl Ove Knausgaard under the direction of Mark Patterson. In January of 2020, he presented his research on the composer Charles Ives at the Modern Language Association conference with Tyler Babbie, PhD.
Alongside his academic work, Peter has been active in the Seattle music scene, having performed with ensembles such as the Harry Partch Ensemble, Seattle Philharmonic Strings, the UW Modern Music Ensemble, and Scrambler. He has also had works written for him by local composers such as Ryan Dakota Farris and Luke Fitzpatrick. Currently, Peter teaches private students of all ages and continues to write as a freelancer.