Peter Laul was born into a musical family in St. Petersburg, Russia and received his education at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, where he studied with Prof. Alexander Sandler, and where he has since become a faculty member.
He won the 3rd prize and special prize for the best Bach performance in the Bremen International Piano Competition in 1995 and again, in 1997, he won the 1st prize and special prize, this time for the best Schubert sonata performance.
Peter Laul has performed as a soloist with the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow State Kapella Orchestra, as well as numerous other Russian orchestras under the direction of conductors such as Maxim Shostakovich, Valery Gergiev, Vassily Sinaiski, Yuri Simonov, Eri Klas, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Michael Jurowsky, Nikolai Znaider and Nikolai Alekseev among others. He has also performed with the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Sudwestdeutsche Rundfunk, the Dessau, the Bremerhaven and the Oldenburg Theatre Orchestras (Germany), the Brasilian National Symphony Orchestra, Sudwestdeutsche Rundfunk, the Estonian National Symphony and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestras (Estonia) and the ‘Les Siecles’ (France) under Francois-Xavier Roth.
Peter Laul’s recital performances have taken him to the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Halls, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theater, the Moscow Conservatory Halls, the Moscow Tchaikovsky Hall and the new Moscow International House of Music. Abroad he has performed in the Wigmore Hall in London, Auditorium du Louvre, Salle Gaveau, the Theatre de la Ville, Theatre du Chatelet and the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, Salle Moliere and Opera Lyon, the Lincoln Center in New York, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Vredenburg in Utrecht, Victoria Hall in Geneve, Casino Basel, Die Glocke in Bremen, the Montpellier Corum, Sapienza University in Rom, Verdi Hall in Milan, Suntory Hall and Opera City Hall in Tokyo, the Luxembourg Philharmonic Hall, Le Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels and in numerous venues and festivals throughout Russia, Europe, Japan and the USA. His most recent performances have been at the Serres d’Auteuil festival in Paris, “Progetto Marta Argerich” in Lugano, the “Les Musicales” Festivals in Colmar, “Arts Square”, “The Stars of White Nights” and “The Faces of International Pianism” in St.Petersburg, “Art November” in Moscow, the Kamchatka Spring Festival, the Saint-Riquier Festival, the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in Ireland, the Lancut Spring Festival in Poland, and the “Le Printemps des Arts” in Monaco.
In 2015 he performed all 32 Sonatas by L. van Beethoven at the Small Philharmonic hall of St. Petersburg. During the season 2016/17 he performed the same cycle at the Small hall of the Moscow State conservatory.
In 2021-2022 he performed a cycle of 6 recitals “Complete Scriabin piano works” in St. Petersburg and Moscow.
Mr. Laul is a consummate chamber musician. His chamber music partners include Borodin Quartet, Dmitry Kouzov, Marc Coppey, Maxim Vengerov, Viktor Tretyakov, Ilya Gringolts, Graf Mourja, Sergey Levitin, Alena Baeva, Valery Sokolov, Alexander Ghindin, Diemut Poppen, Francoise Groben, Maja Bogdanovic, Gary Hoffmann, David Grimal, Lawrence Power, Paul Meyer, Romain Guyot, Francois-Frederic Gui, Laurent Korcia and Tedi Papavrami.
Peter Laul has recorded for Harmonia Mundi, Aeon, Audite, BIS, Onyx, Naxos, Marquis Classics, Querstand, Integral Classics, King Records, Northern Flowers and numerous TV and Radio stations in Russia and abroad.
In 2015, he presented a cycle of 7 concerts "32 Sonatas by L. van Beethoven" in the Small Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the University of Tartu (Estonia). In the 2016/17 season, he repeated the same cycle in the Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. In 2021, the Composer publishing house published a monograph on the performance of this cycle.
In 2021-2022, he presents the cycle "All the Piano Works of Scriabin" in the Small Hall of the St. Petersburg and the Chamber Hall of the Moscow Philharmonic.
In 2003, Peter Laul was awarded the honorary badge of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation "For Achievements in Culture".