Peter Benoît

Born: 17th August 1834

Died: 8th March 1901

Birthplace: Harelbeke, Flanders, Belgium

Peter Benoit (17 August 1834 – 8 March 1901), was a Flemish composer of Belgian nationality. He was taught music at an early age by his father and the village organist. In 1851 Benoit entered the Brussels Conservatoire, where he remained till 1855, studying primarily with FJ Fétis. During this period he composed music to many melodramas, and to the opera Le Village dans les montagnes for the Park Theatre, of which in 1856 he became the resident conductor. In 1857 he won the Belgian Prix de Rome for his cantata Le Meurtre d'Abel.

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