Connecticut native Peter Speziale is a performer and harp instructor in the based in West Hollywood, California. He also provides miscellaneous harp-related services including lever regulation, string replacement, harp rentals, and instrument cartage in Southern California.
An accomplished orchestral and chamber player, he performs throughout Southern California as a freelance musician. In addition to performing, Peter has coordinated harps to be used for television, movies, commercials, recording sessions, and editorials. He has served as on-set consultant for Disney/ABC Studios, Condé Nast, and others.
Active in the harp community, Peter has served as Secretary for the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Harp Society and has adjudicated the Educational Evaluations for the Orange County Chapter of the American Harp Society. In 2012, he was chosen to give the world premier of Hypnotic Dances for Alto Flute and Harp by Lucas Floyd, a work commissioned by the American Harp Society. He also served as a Youth Ambassador to the 2008 World Harp Congress.
Peter holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Arizona where he was a student of the late renowned pop, jazz, and recording harpist Carrol McLaughlin. He also holds a Master of Music degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University where he was a student of Sarah Bullen, principal harpist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Since 2014, Peter has managed Salvi Harps, Inc. in Los Angeles, the Southern California showroom for Lyon & Healy and Salvi Harps. Prior to moving to California, he managed the Virginia Harp Center’s Haddonfield, NJ location for four years.
When not playing the harp, Peter enjoys bird-watching, hiking, patio gardening, and spending time with his dog, Harriet. He is also an active member of several local Bromeliad societies and his artistic arrangements using Bromeliads have won top prizes on the international and local levels.