A graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music where he studied classical bass, Kontrimas is also owner and engineer of PBS Studios in Westwood, Mass. which is often the choice of jazz and classical musicians world-wide, including Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding, Jerry Bergonzi, Dick Oatts, Hal Crook, Ruby Braff, Laszlo Gardony, Tiger Okoshi, Greg Abate, Jonathan McPhee, Emmy winner Brad Hatfield and numerous international artists from Japan, Korea, Poland, and Italy. Other musicians of note who have recorded at PBS or on site include Benny Carter, Eddie Gomez, Dave Liebman, Phil Woods, John Tchcai, Roswell Rudd, and Grace Kelly.
As an engineer he has also produced releases for Steinway and Sons, Boston Piano, Steeple Chase (Denmark), Savant, High Note, Double Time, Accurate, Summit, Timeless, Fresh Sounds, Whaling City Sounds, TCB (Switzerland), Fresh Sounds and Ayva (Spain), and Red and Ram Records (Italy). Kontrimas has been recipient of the Boston Music Award for Indie Jazz Album of The Year and has produced recordings for Bose, Disney, FX TV, Hal Leonard, Sony, Warner Brothers, Berklee Press, and the University of Connecticut. He has also co-produced and engineered four releases for the Boston Ballet Orchestra including “The Nutcracker Live” which has sold over 80,000 CDs, and is staff recording engineer for the Lexington Symphony and Longwood Symphony Orchestras.
Peter Kontrimas’ supportive bass playing and lyrical solos have earned him club, concert and broadcast dates with Shirley Horn, Clark Terry, Rosemary Clooney, Mark Murphy, Sheila Jordan, Rebecca Parris, Herb Pomeroy, Gray Sargent, and Dick Johnson. In addition, he has recorded with Gary Burton, Jerry Bergonzi, Alvin Queen, and Paul Broadnax and has appeared numerous times on the NPR program “Jazz Set”. Club performances include The Blue Note and Birdland in NY, the Regattabar and Scullers. Festivals and concert appearances include Saratoga/JVC, Jazz Ottawa, Boston Globe, Orange County Center for Performing Arts, Portsmouth, The Cambridge River Fest, Tanglewood, and the Jazz Series at Symphony Center in Chicago.