Peter Whelan has a diverse repertoire spanning over four centuries and is in demand as soloist, chamber musician and director. Peter has performed concertos in many of the world’s most prestigious venues, including the Musikverein (Vienna), the Lincoln Centre (NY) and the Wigmore Hall (London). He has recorded the Weber Bassoon Concerto with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (Linn) and the Mozart Concerto and Haydn Sinfonia Concertante with Arcangelo (Hyperion).
Peter is the founder and artistic director of Ensemble Marsyas. Specialising in virtuoso wind music from the baroque and classical era, their debut disc 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 currently holds the position of principal bassoon with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and is professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Scottish Conservatoire.