Peter Whelan | Conductor


Peter Whelan

This Season

The Magic Flute, Griselda, The Abduction from the Seraglio


Dubliner Peter Whelan is among the most exciting and versatile exponents of historical performance of his generation, with a remarkable career as a conductor, keyboardist and solo bassoonist. In January 2018 he became artistic director of the Irish Baroque Orchestra with which he will tour to the US in 2019. He is also founding artistic director of Ensemble Marsyas with which he has performed at the Edinburgh International Festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Bath Festival, Wigmore Hall, Lammermuir Festival, Göttingen Handel Festival, Tetbury Festival and Great Music in Irish Houses. The ensemble’s 2017 disc of Barsanti was named Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine and Recording of the Year by MusicWeb International, and reached second place in the Official UK Specialist Classical Chart. He has a particular passion for championing neglected music from the baroque era. Recent projects involved recreating and staging live performances of choral and symphonic music from eighteenth-century Dublin and Edinburgh. This led to his award-winning disc Edinburgh 1742 for Linn Records and his 2017 reconstruction of the Irish State Musick in its original venue, Dublin Castle. He is an artistic partner of Irish National Opera and in 2018 conducted Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro for INO in April and Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice at the Galway International Arts Festival in July. In the autumn he made an acclaimed debut with English Touring Opera.