Peter Whelan : bassoon

Equally at home on modern and historical instruments, Peter has a diverse repertoire spanning over four centuries and is in demand as a soloist, chamber musician and director. As a concerto soloist, Peter has performed in many of the world’s most prestigious venues, including the Musikverein, the Lincoln Centre and the Wigmore Hall. He has recorded the Weber bassoon concerto for Linn records with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Mozart Concerto and Haydn Sinfonia Concertante for Hyperion with Arcangelo.

In May 2016, Peter will premiere a specially commissioned bassoon concerto by American composer Michael Gordon with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Southbank Centre, London.

Peter is the founder and artistic director of Ensemble Marsyas.  Specialising in virtuoso wind music from the baroque and classical era, their recording of Zelenka Sonatas and subsequent disc of music by Fasch both received a Supersonic Award and were named BBC Music Magazine’s Editor’s Choice.

As a chamber musician Peter has collaborated with the Belcea Quartet, Francois Leleux, Robert Levin, Kris Bezuidenhout, Anthony Marwood and Monica Huggett and appears with Tori Amos in her album Night of Hunters recorded for Deutsche Gramophone (2011). Peter has also has worked with many of the finest orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, the English Baroque Soloists and The English Concert.

Peter currently holds the position of principal bassoon with both the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and is professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Scottish Conservatoire.


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