Mr. Winter was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Until his junior year at Brown University Robert focused on baseball, basketball, and physics. A chance encounter with a classmate who was a music major changed his direction overnight; it would now be a life of music. After receiving his B.A. at Brown University, Robert went on to earn his Ph. D. in the History and Theory of Music from the University of Chicago and his M.F.A. in Piano from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He spent almost three years in Europe performing and researching his dissertation on Beethoven’s late string quartets. In the mid-1970s he joined the music faculty at UCLA where he has introduced tens of thousands of students to the joys and mysteries of all kinds of music. In 2008 he received UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching Award. As a writer, pianist, and media artist, Robert has been profiled in publications including People Magazine, Wired, The New York Times, Newsweek, and the Wall Street Journal. He takes a special interest in pre-college students; his interactive titles have been used in thousands of educational institutions across the country. His hobbies include feasting on all the performing arts, travel, building homes, and chasing his dog Garth.
Videographer, designer, musician, programmer, and businessman Peter Bogdanoff is a Southern California native who grew up in Montebello, California. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Music Composition from California State University, Los Angeles. He then studied electronic music and composition at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, where he met his wife Wendy Bricht. In 1989 he returned to California where he began working at The Voyager Company, a pioneer in interactive media, producing and designing many of the music titles that attracted wide attention from the media and public. He later turned an early interest in filmaking into videography and art gallery installations at UCLA, Los Angeles, Stanford University, and elsewhere. In 2004, he and his wife Wendy opened an unusual toy store, Chatterpillar, in the tiny town of Frazier Park, California. They have two model children, Solomon and Marie.