羅塞爾不僅是一位對於演奏德奧古典作品具有超凡視野的鋼琴家，他還是唯一一位能將俄羅斯曲目演奏得深刻入骨的德國鋼琴家 ── 技巧與熱情兼具，甚至有時候還勝過他的俄羅斯同行之間，最優秀的那些人們。 ── Stephen Wigler, SUN MUSIC CRITIC
羅塞爾出生於德勒斯登，六歲開始學習鋼琴，父母分別是指揮家和歌手。早年在莫斯科柴可夫斯基音樂學院先是同迪米特里・巴許基洛夫（ Dmitri Bashkirov ）學習，後轉入列夫・奧柏林（ Lev Oberin ）的門下。遊學莫斯科的歲月中，他在不同的重要國際比賽中獲獎，其中包括 1963 年國際舒曼鋼琴大賽、 1966 年莫斯科柴可夫斯基國際鋼琴大賽和 1968 年的蒙特利爾國際鋼琴大賽。
羅塞爾不僅在所有歐洲的重要音樂中心演奏，也不斷地出現在南北美洲、澳大利亞以及中東和遠東的舞台上。他在柏林、愛丁堡、倫敦、薩爾茲堡、香港的國際藝術節中的表演，獲得高度評價，並做為獨奏家受邀於倫敦愛樂、新日本愛樂、薩爾茲堡莫札特室內樂團、里斯本古本基安交響樂團、荷蘭愛樂、 KBS 首爾交響樂團、德勒斯登薩克森國立交響樂團、萊比錫布商大廈管弦樂團、紐約愛樂、洛杉磯愛樂、底特律交響樂團、明尼蘇達交響樂團、多倫多交響樂團、蒙特利爾交響樂團、 BBC 交響樂團、柏林愛樂和德勒斯登交響樂團等。《太陽報》這樣評論他與巴爾的摩交響樂 團演奏的普羅高菲夫第二鋼琴協奏曲：「羅塞爾在鍵盤上時，音樂廳如同被電流擊中一般……」。在屢次赴法國演出的記載中，值得一提的是布列塔尼交響樂團邀請他在幾天內演奏所有的拉赫曼尼諾夫鋼琴協奏曲。
與他合作過的著名指揮包括布隆許泰特、杜特華、海汀克、赫比希、庫特・桑德林、泰米卡諾夫。 1970 年起，羅塞爾和萊比錫布商大廈管弦樂團以及著名指揮家庫特・馬舒親密合作，參與了兩百餘場國際巡迴演出。在紐約愛樂交響樂團成立 150 週年慶典上，庫特・馬舒邀請羅塞爾共同演出了拉赫曼尼諾夫的第三鋼琴協奏曲。
除舞台演奏外，他還為許多唱片公司錄製了大量的唱片，如 EMI 、 Capriccio 、 Ars Vivendi 和 Berlin Classics 等。從貝多芬的鋼琴協奏曲、韋伯鋼琴協奏曲（布隆許泰特）、舒曼鋼琴協奏曲（馬舒）、拉赫曼尼諾夫鋼琴協奏曲（桑德林）到布拉姆斯的獨奏和室內樂作品，紀錄了羅塞爾做為一個受到高度讚揚的鋼琴家的博大精深的藝術素養。
近年來，羅塞爾活躍於 MDR 交響樂團、威斯巴登國立劇院交響樂團、紐恩伯格交響樂團、佛羅里達交響樂團、國家音樂廳交響樂團、深圳交響樂團、 薩爾茲堡莫札特室內樂團等。尤其是與東京 Kioi 廳的合作極具歷時意義，他在這裡歷時四年舉行 32 首貝多芬鋼琴奏鳴曲的系列音樂會，這一系列音樂會也同時在德國和瑞士演出，並在東京錄製了所有貝多芬鋼琴奏鳴曲的 CD 。
“He's not only a superb interpreter of the Austro-Germanic classics, he's also the only German who plays the Russian repertory as if it were in his bones -- with passion and brilliance that matches, and sometimes surpasses, the best of the Russians.” - Stephen Wigler, SUN MUSIC CRITIC
Peter Rösel, son of a conductor and a singer, was born in Dresden and started to learn the piano at the age of six. He studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow first with Dmitri Bashkirov and later with Lev Oborin. During his years spent in Moscow he won prizes at several major competitions, including the International Schumann Competition in 1963, the 1966 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the International Piano Competition in Montreal in 1968.
He has performed not only in all the main musical centers of Europe but also in North and South America, Australia, Middle and Far East. His appearances in international festivals such as Berlin, Edinburgh, the London Proms, Perth, Salzburg, Hollywood Bowl and Hong Kong have been met with enthusiastic receptions from both public and critics alike.
He has played with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Detroit, Minnesota, Toronto and Montreal Symphony Orchestras, the BBC Orchestras, the Berlin Philharmonic and of course, the Dresden Staatskapelle. His conductors have included such well-known names as Herbert Blomstedt, Charles Dutoit, Bernard Haitink, Gunther Herbig, Dmitri Kitajenko, Kurt Sanderling, Juri Temirkanov and Klaus Tennstedt. Since 1970 Peter Roesel has worked very closely with Kurt Masur and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and has played as their soloist in over 200 concerts during international tours. It was Kurt Masur who invited him to play Rachmaninov`s 3. Piano Concerto at the 150. Jubilee Celebrations of the New York Philharmonic.
In addition to his many concert appearances, Peter Roesel has made numerous recordings for labels such as EMI, Capriccio, Ars Vivendi and Berlin Classics to name but a few.
The works range from the piano concertos of Beethoven (with Flor), Weber (with Blomstedt), Schumann (with Masur) and Rachmaninov (with Kurt Sanderling) to the solo piano works of Brahms and to chamber music. They document the broad, artistic range of one of the most highly acclaimed pianists of his generation.
Peter Rösel has appeared as guest in over 40 countries on all five continents. Over the last years he was a soloist with the London Philharmonia, the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Lisbon Gulbenkian Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the KBS Symphony Orchestra Seoul, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig and the German Symphony Orchestra, to name but a few. The Sun's review of the piano concerto No. 2 by Prokofiev with the Baltimore Symphony came out with the headline: 'Roesel at the keyboard, electricity in the hall'.
In autumn 2011 Peter Rösel finished his recital series of all 32 piano sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven, performed over a period of four years. The artist has presented this series in Japan, Germany and Switzerland. In Tokyo the complete cycle was recorded by King Records and released on CD at the beginning of 2012.
Currently he is working on a new project in Japan to perform over several years a representative compendium of 19th century German romantic music. In addition to this he is recording the piano concertos by Mozart for King Records with the Dresdner Kapellsolisten. Four CD have already been produced.
For his long and brilliant career as a pianist, Peter Rösel was awarded the Kunstpreis of the city of Dresden in 2009. Peter Rösel is a member of the Saxon Academy of Arts.