Peter Riehm took his first violin lessons at the age of five. He won a number of prizes at the “Jugend musiziert” competition and was a preparatory student of Lukas David at the North German Music Academy in Detmold for twelve years.
Three years later he continued his studies with Tibor Varga, in whose chamber orchestra he took part as concert master for many years.
In 1986 Peter Riehm was engaged as a first violinist in the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Since 1995 he has been a member of the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra.