Paul Peter Spiering started studying the violin at the age of seven with Klaas de Raaf in Hilversum. From 1969 to 1973, he studied with Jo Juda at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, where he graduated with honours. He went on to study with Ivan Galamian at the Juilliard School of Music in New York and was awarded the Prix d’Excellence in 1978 while studying with Herman Krebbers. He also studied orchestral conducting with Charles de Wolff and Jan Stulen.
Paul Peter Spiering joined the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as a violinist in 1978.
As a soloist, he has performed with the Brabant Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, of which he was artistic and business manager from 1996 to 2012.
He conducted the Bombay Chamber Orchestra in Mumbai in 2005, and was subsequently invited to appear as a guest conductor in Germany and Brazil. In 2010, he conducted the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo at the Sala São Paulo.
Spiering also served as artistic and business manager of the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra from 1996 to 2012.
Spiering plays a 1901 violin built in Florence by Valentino de Zorzi.