Peter James Saleh is a founding member of New Jersey’s own Exit 9 Percussion Group, with whom he has performed over 200 times. In March 2009, he presented his solo recital program, “Mostly Multi” as well as master classes throughout Kaohsiung, Taiwan and Seoul, Korea. Other notable featured performances include Princeton’s McCarter Theater, The Juilliard School, New York’s Town Hall, the Jeju International Brass Festival, Seoul University, NJPAC, Dallas’ Bass Hall, Laguardia High School of the Performing Arts, the New York Musical Theater Festival at the Ailey Citigroup Theater,Drew University, and Rutgers University. He has also recorded under conductor Eugene Corporon with the North Texas Wind Symphony on the GIA and Klavier labels.
Peter has also performed as a modern dance musician in NJ and NY, scoring works by NJ/NY choreographers and working at ACDFA. He was also the resident composer/accompanist for the Terpsichore III: Making Waves dance festival in South Carolina in 2006 with NY choreographer Christian Von Howard, and at NJPAC’s SYPW 2006-2009. His compositions and arrangements have been performed throughout the country and are published through Drop6 Media, Row-Loff Productions, Innovative Percussion, and Keyboard Percussion Publications.
As an educator, Saleh has placed students into some of the best percussion programs in the country, founded and directs the Central Jersey Youth Percussion Ensemble, guest-lectured at Rutgers University and the Juilliard pre-college, was a fellow at the University of North Texas, and has served as a teaching artist for the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Young Audiences of NJ. His pedagogic text, “A Percussionist’s Handbook” is currently part of the curriculum at Ithaca College. Saleh holds a BM from Rutgers University and a MM in percussion performance with a minor in composition from the University of North Texas.