Peter is a composer/lyricist, pianist, writer, sound-artist, and occasional thereminist.

He holds degrees in classical composition from the University of Western Ontario and the University of Victoria, where his music was described as "sarcastic", "cheeky", and "very sarcastic". Since then, his compositions have been performed throughout Canada, the US, the UK, Holland, Bosnia, Singapore, and Japan. Lately, his primary focus has shifted to musical theatre, as well as classical works which blend music and theatre. Today, he is perhaps best known as co-writer (with Megan Phillips) of the 2015 hit musical People Suck.

Since 2009, Peter has worked as a Musical Director at the Second City Training Centre of Toronto, where he teaches musical improv and has composed or improvised music for hundreds of performances. He has also made guest appearances as a musical improvisor in The Carnegie Hall Show, Troubadour, Theatresports, Improv Night in Canada, Wheel of Improv, and Monkey Toast.

Peter lives in Toronto with his wife, son, and ferocious cat.
Headshot of Peter Cavell, photo by Jonathan Tan