Violist Peter Webster was born in Vancouver, and completed his early musical studies in British Columbia. While still in high school, he served as Principal Viola and soloist with the newly formed Okanagan Valley Symphony. While completing his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of British Columbia, Peter joined the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at the age of 20, and shortly after became also a member of both the CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra and the Vancouver Baroque Strings. In Vancouver he studied the viola with Hans-Karl Piltz and Simon Streatfeild, and continued his musical studies at Indiana University, where he obtained a Master of Music degree with viola studies under David Dawson, and chamber music coaching with William Primrose and Menahem Pressler. While at Indiana University, he also served as Principal Violist of the Evansville Philharmonic and violist of the Evansville String Quartet.
Peter Webster joined the viola section of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in 1972, and was also the Orchestra’s Personnel Manager from 1974 to 2005. He was a founding member of the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra, and has been the ensemble’s Principal Violist and Ensemble Manager since its inception in 1976. He has continued to be active as a chamber musician, and has appeared regularly in the National Arts Centre Orchestra’s Music for a Sunday Afternoon chamber music series, collaborating with such artists as Gerald Stanick, William Preucil, Felix Galimir, Menahem Pressler, Janos Starker and Bernard Greenhouse.