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Biography

Peter Stark has conducted many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and has assisted such iconic conductors as Pierre Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, and Klaus Tennstedt.

As professor of conducting at the Royal College of Music and rehearsal director of the European Union Youth Orchestra, Peter’s reputation as a consultant and trainer is renowned. He currently enjoys a worldwide reputation in both performing and teaching, most recently in China, Japan, Norway, Russia and all European countries. He is principal conductor of the Arabian Youth Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra.

Peter’s participation in BBC 2’s two “Maestro” series has further intensified his media profile. He states that music and its benefits to humanity are his driving force.

A professional violinist for ten years (many of them spent as first violinist) and a coach for Europe’s leading youth orchestras, Peter has a comprehensive knowledge of string playing. He also has extensive knowledge of posture and body use (through the Alexander Technique) and believes this is crucial to the development and learning of any student conductor.

The psychology of leadership is the third central area of Peter’s work; he is currently doing research for a book on how conductors work with their orchestras to achieve the best results. His media profile includes serving as series consultant for BBC2’s two series Maestro and Maestro at the Opera, where he presided over the teaching of famous “students,” and then as Maestro Cam’s commentator for the BBC Promenade Concerts. He is currently engaged in writing a manual on the art of conducting. The public profile offered by Peter’s media work is leading to further opportunities to exercise his ambition to promote “music for all.”