English violinist Peter Cropper was born in Southport into a musical family on 19 November 1945. He studied at Uppingham and played in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. He continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he formed the Lindsay Quartet with Ronald Birks, Roger Bigley and Bernard Gregor-Smith.
He led the group (initially called the Cropper Quartet, and later called The Lindsays) for over forty years, and was also founding artistic director of Music in the Round, Sheffield's international chamber music series. He broadcast talks about music for the BBC, and sat on the Arts Council of Great Britain's music panel.
After The Lindsays retired in 2005, Peter taught an MA in string quartet performance at Sheffield University and also performed and recorded as a soloist and in other chamber groups.
Peter Cropper died suddenly from a heart attack on 29 May 2015, aged sixty-nine.