was born on April 2nd, 1939 in Heerenveen in the Frisian district of the Netherlands. He grew up in a schoolteacher's family with little musical
background. Until his fourteenth year he lived in a small Frisian village. From these youthful experiences he got his love for nature. In 1953 he moved with
his parents to the big city of The Hague where he attended the Latin School, was very busy composing and also wrote poems and stories. He was alos a member of the Netherlands Society of Nature Study. His interest for literature, painting, sounds of nature and folk music dates from this time and can be heard in many of his later compositions.
After graduating from school in 1958 Peter Visser studied at the Royal Conservatory for Music in The Hague: piano, music theory, viola and composition, this last discipline with the serial and avant-garde composer Kees van Baaren. After a year of trying, it turned out not to be the right direction for Peter Visser. For a time he left the composition-path and concentrated on musical theory (exam 1961), and piano solo (final exam with distinction in 1965), also obtaining the diploma for piano accompaniment. Because of his love and ability for improvisation he became accompanist at the Dance Faculty at the Royal Conservatory at an early age, in 1961. He was also accompanist for the famous dance company the Netherlands Dance Theater from 1969 until 1971. Since 1966 he has been affiliated with at the Haagse Courant (Newspaper of The Hague) as a music critic, with an intermission of three years (1980-1983) when he wrote articles for the cultural newspaper of The Hague "Het Vaderland". He also continued writing stories and poems. In the period 1983 until 1989 he regularly published articles in the musical review "Man and Melody" and also in the review of the Frank Martin Bulletin, of which he was a member of the board of directors for five years.
Since 1986 Peter Visser has been working at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague as accompanist and piano teacher at the faculty of Young Talents. He also gives lessons in chamber music at the conservatory and regularly accompanied for competitions. Since his studies at the Conservatory, Peter Visser specialized as a pianist in chamber music (member of the Residence Piano Trio) and frequently made radio broadcastings. He worked as a vocal accompanist with singers such as the soprano Ank Reinders and the mezzosoprano Anja van Wijk, for whom he wrote several songs.He also had important occupations with various concert organizations in The Hague in several small theaters, such as the Haagse Kunstkring and Theater PePijn. In 1998 he founded a cultural society in order to organize concerts for young musicians just finishing their studies but not yet able to organize concerts themselves and before short he was in the board of this society. In 2001 he retired from the Royal Conservattory in The Hague. But until now he is making chamber music, playing viola in several orchestras, writing articles and composing.