There are many distinctive features that define Peter Bruun’s musical language: richness of sonority, supple rhythmic development, stylistic flexibility, imaginative and unusual instrumentation, pluralistic thinking, tonal melodies, repetition as a form-constituting factor and displacements of particular recurring patterns. The last two features give the music an expansive temporal feeling, an experience of existence amidst sheets of sound or music as a state of being.
Peter Bruun studied philosophy at Aarhus University from 1989 to 1991 taking private lessons in composition at the same time with Niels Marthinsen. He subsequently studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Aarhus with Karl Aage Rasmussen, Per Nørgård, Hans Abrahamsen and Bent Lorentzen.
In 1996 he was granted the Three Year Work Grant from the Danish Arts Foundation. In 2000 he received the Wilhelm Hansen Composers' price. And in 2008 he was awarded tne Nordic Council Music Price for the chamber opera Miki Alone.
(gen)foreningssange – (re)-unification songs, for voices, 2020, written for "Grænseløst lykkelig / Maria Johannsen", premiered in the Castle Church at Gråsten Castle May 29 2021 by The Willow Consort, cond: Rose Munk Heiberg. Recording by Danish Radio P2 from Church of Sion, Copenhagen, May 30. (Begins at app. 02.24.00).
The Rain at Sea, 2020, for choir and Clarinet Quartet, written for Ars Nova and Messiaen Quartet Copenhagen. Poem by Don Paterson. Recording by Danish Radio P2 from Sct. John's Churh Copenhagen, June 3, cond. Jakob Hultberg. Recording also includes "Merman on The Shore" for Clarinet Quartet (2019), written for Messiaen Quartet Copenhagen, and choir pieces by Per Nørgård, Niels Rosing-Schow and Juliana Hodkinson.