Conductor Biography

imagePeter Stark

Conductor Biography

Peter Stark


Conductor, Educationalist, Consultant

Peter Stark’s performances as a conductor are exhiliarating, imaginative and inspiring. At the heart of all his work lies a passion and commitment to the study and practice of music to profit humanity. Peter is a Professor of Conducting at London’s Royal College of Music, Rehearsal Director to the European Union Youth Orchestra and has taught nearly six hundred private students. His acclaimed courses in conducting have taken him across the world and his reputation as a teacher is renowned.

Peter’s growing media profile includes his appointment as series consultant to the popular BBC television series ‘Maestro’ and regular screen appearances as a mentor. For this role Peter was responsible for the training of eight ‘celebrity’ students as orchestral conductors. Peter has since made live ‘Maestro’ webcam commentaries for the BBC Proms and a subsequent TV series.

Whilst having performed with a number of the world’s leading ensembles such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenement and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra Peter fosters a hunger to work with any orchestra that plays with spirit and enthusiasm.

In addition to his work with the world’s finest students at RCM and EUYO Peter has conducted youth orchestras ranging from the Hertfordshire County Youth Orchestra (Principal Conductor since 1994) to the New South Wales Public Schools’ Symphony Orchestra in Australia and the Toyota City Orchestra in Japan.  He is conductor of the Arabian Youth Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra.  Between 1985 and 2010 Peter was Conductor in Residence of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. He conducted a New Year Concert at the remarkable new Zhejiang Conservatory of Hangzhou, China, a partnership that promises a strong relationship in coming years.

Plans for the forthcoming year include further masterclasses at the China Conservatory in Beijing, a return to conduct the Young Philharmonic Orchestra of Norway and an APAC Festival performance in Kobe, Japan.  The summer EUYO residency in Grafenegg, Austria, completes the increasingly important role that international work plays in Peter’s profile.  He also hopes 2017 will see the publication of the first of two intended books based on his experience as conductor and educationalist.