Peter Stark

Peter Stark's performances are exhilarating, imaginative and thought-provoking, and his teaching has inspired thousands of musicians across the world. At the heart of all Peter's work as conductor, teacher and consultant, lies a passion and commitment to the study and practice of music to profit humanity.

Whilst having conducted a number of the world’s leading ensembles including London Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and English Chamber Orchestra, he retains the hunger to work with any orchestra that simply wants to play with spirit and enthusiasm.

Peter has had the privilege of assisting many of the world’s finest conductors, including Pierre Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Lord Menuhin, Sir Roger Norrington and Klaus Tennstedt. He is Artistic Director to the West of England Philharmonic Orchestra (2002 - present) and Principal Conductor of the Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra.

Peter’s reputation as a teacher is renowned; he is Professor of Conducting at the Royal College of Music in London, Conductor in Residence to the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and his courses in conducting have taken him across the world.

Numerous awards have included the Tagore Gold Medal from the Royal College of Music, and Honorary Doctor of Music from the University of the West of England, given 'in recognition of his outstanding contribution to music'.

Peter is deeply committed to the training of young orchestras; in addition to his work with the Royal College orchestras, he has conducted youth orchestras ranging from Hertfordshire County Youth Orchestra (Principal Conductor since 1994) to the New South Wales Public Schools' Symphony Orchestra, Australia.

As Series Consultant to the BBC2 series Maestro Peter was responsible for overseeing the teaching of eight celebrity 'students' in August 2008. Peter's live Maestro Webcam commentary on the BBC Proms followed in August 2009.

2009 also saw Peter’s Japanese debut conducting the Toyota Junior Symphony Orchestra. He was also appointed Rehearsal Conductor to the European Union Youth Orchestra, travelled to Vienna and enjoyed a successful visit to conduct the Royal Symphony Orchestra of Oman.

In 2010 Peter will be returning to Oman and beginning his book on the psychology of leadership, using the relationship between conductor and orchestra as his vehicle. With his media profile gaining momentum, exciting new opportunities have opened up to promote his great passion of 'music for all'.