Peter Whelan - bassoon
'Principal bassoonist Peter Whelan was an absolute master of fleet facility with a solidly plush tone of wondrous immediacy.' Philadelphia Enquirer
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 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 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 for Linn with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and his recording of Mozart's Bassoon Concerto with Arcangelo will be released on the Hyperion label in 2015.
Whelan is the founder and artistic director of Ensemble Marsyas whose debut album of Zelenka Sonatas received a Supersonic Award and was named BBC Music Magazine's ‘Chamber Choice'. A new recording of the sonatas of Fasch is scheduled for release in 2014, coinciding with Ensemble Marsyas' Wigmore Hall debut. Whelan has also collaborated with the Belcea Quartet, London Winds, Robert Levin, Anthony Marwood and Monica Huggett and appears with Tori Amos in her album Night of Hunters
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 Zu¨rich.
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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'Whelan's performances of these varied pieces are a delight, and in every way he meets the challenges presented by them. The spicy tone of his instrument is invigorating and well captured by the recording.'more >>BBC Radio 3 'In Tune'
'Delightful. You’ve made the case for the renaissance of the bassoon.'The Irish Times
'Peter Whelan offers bassoon sonatas by Fasch and Telemann, which are among the first of their kind...'more >>International Record Review
'They bring bags of bite and energy to the unison theme of the opening ritornello movement...'more >>Double Reed News
Zelenka in Scotlandmore >>The Herald
'Why there's an air of genius in the wind'more >>ClassicFM
'It's a lively listen, guaranteed to brighten up any afternoon and put a smile on your face.'more >>The Observer
'A wonderful disc'more >>