Dubliner Peter Whelan is a versatile musician with a diverse repertoire spanning over 400 years. He is equally at home on historical and modern instruments and is in constant demand as a bassoonist, conductor, chamber musician and teacher.
He has a particular passion for exploring and championing neglected and forgotten music of the baroque era and has been described as a “phenomenon on the baroque bassoon” (Crescendo magazine, Germany), whose performances feature “jaw-dropping dexterous virtuosity” (Gramophone).
He is the founder and artistic director of Ensemble Marsyas which he has led in performances at the Wigmore Hall, the Edinburgh International Festival, Dublin Castle and at the Lammermuir, Bath and Kilkenny Festivals. He has also directed projects with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the Portland Baroque Orchestra (USA) and he became Artistic Director of the Irish Baroque Orchestra in January 2018. He holds the position of principal bassoon in both the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
He has an extensive discography, covering concertos by Weber, Mozart and Haydn and award-winning recordings of chamber music by Zelenka and Fasch; he also appears with Tori Amos in her 2011 Deutsche Grammophon album Night of Hunters.
He made his debut as an opera conductor in Handel’s Acis and Galatea for Opera Theatre Company in March 2017 and makes his Irish National Opera debut in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in April 2018.