Peter Whelan

Principal Bassoon

Whelan, Peter - Biography

Peter Whelan has been Principal Bassoon with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra since 2008. Equally at home on modern and historical instruments, Peter has a 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 prestigious venues including the Musikverein (Vienna), the Cadogan and Wigmore Halls (London) and Lincoln Center (New York). He has recorded the Weber Bassoon Concerto with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for Linn and Mozart's Bassoon Concerto with Arcangelo for Hyperion.

Whelan is the founder and artistic director of Ensemble Marsyas whose debut album of Zelenka’s Sonatas received a Supersonic Award.  This album, along with their second album of ‘Quartets and Concertos’ by Johann Friedrich Fasch, were named ‘Chamber Choice' by BBC Music Magazine. Whelan has also collaborated with the Belcea Quartet, London Winds, Robert Levin, Anthony Marwood and Monica Huggett, and appears with Tori Amos on her album Night of Hunters (Deutsche Grammophon).

Whelan’s orchestral work has seen him playing with 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 Zurich.

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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