Profile: Peter Stark


Peter Stark’s work has taken him all over the world, but in particular to Europe where he has been hailed as one of the leading figures of a new generation of British conductors. He appears regularly at the Royal Festival Hall and the Barbican Centre, has recorded many times for BBC Radio 3 and has been the subject of a television documentary. He has performed at the Cheltenham International, Thaxted and St Albans Organ Festivals and CD recordings of his work include music by Britten, Elgar, Messiaen, Rachmaninov, Roxburgh, Shostakovich and Richard Strauss.

Peter trained at the Royal College of Music with Norman Del Mar and in Vienna with Sir Charles Mackerras. He was a prize-winner in the Leeds Conductors Competition and was awarded the Tagore Gold Medal by the Royal College.

He has worked with many of the finest British orchestras and alongside some of the great conductors, including Pierre Boulez, Lord Menuhin and Sir Colin Davis.

As an experienced trainer, he is noted for inspiring young musicians; he is Leverhulme Professor of Conducting to the National Youth Orchestra and has conducted young orchestras ranging from the Hertfordshire County Youth Orchestra (Principal Conductor since 1994) to the New South Wales Public Schools Symphony Orchestra, Australia. In 2007 he was appointed Professor of Conducting to the Royal College of Music, London.

He is Artistic Director to both the West of England Philharmonic Orchestra and Parnassus (a fifteen piece instrumental ensemble specialising in festival based work performing anything from recitals to fully staged opera productions).

2007 saw his debut with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and future plans include a performance in the 3rd Festival of Polish Music in Krakow and a series of masterclasses in New Zealand.

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