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Whelan, Peter (bassoon)
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Peter Whelan (bassoon)

Principal bassoon with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra since 2008, Peter Whelan was described by the Philadelphia Enquirer as ‘an absolute master of fleet facility with a solidly plush tone of wondrous immediacy’. Equally at home on modern and historical instruments, Whelan performs diverse repertoire spanning over four centuries and is in constant demand as a soloist and chamber musician. He has received glowing responses from audiences and critics across the globe, including a Gramophone Award for his recording of the Vivaldi Bassoon Concertos with La Serenissima.

As a concerto soloist, Whelan has performed in many of Europe’s most prestigious venues, including the Musikverein (Vienna), Lingotto (Turin), St John’s Smith Square (Lufthansa Festival) and the Cadogan and Wigmore Halls. He has recorded the Weber Bassoon Concerto with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and a solo disc of mixed bassoon repertoire with Ensemble Marsyas, both for Linn. He has recorded Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto with Arcangelo for Hyperion.

In addition to being the founder and artistic director of Ensemble Marsyas, Whelan has also collaborated with the Belcea Quartet, London Winds, Robert Levin, Anthony Marwood and Monica Huggett, and performed with Tori Amos on her album Night of Hunters (Deutsche Gramophone). Whelan has also has worked with many of Europe’s finest orchestras and directors including the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Sir Simon Rattle), London Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, the English Baroque Soloists (Sir John Eliot Gardiner), Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Les Musiciens du Louvre and Oper Zürich.

Whelan is Professor of Baroque bassoon at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and gives masterclasses at conservatories across the UK and Europe.


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