Peter Whelan

Peter Whelan

Peter Whelan

Peter Whelan is one of Europe's leading exponents of historical and modern bassoon.


    Irish-born Peter Whelan is a versatile musician, with a diverse repertoire spanning over 400 years. He is the founder and artistic director of Ensemble Marsyas. Directing from the harpsichord, he has led this ensemble in performances at the Wigmore Hall, Dublin Castle, and at the Lammermuir and Great Music in Irish Houses Festivals.

    Equally at home on historical and modern instruments, Whelan holds the position of principal bassoon in both the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. As a concerto soloist, he has performed in many of the world’s most prestigious venues, including the Musikverein (Vienna), the Lincoln Centre (New York), and the Wigmore Hall (London).

    As a chamber musician, Whelan has collaborated with the Belcea Quartet, François Leleux, Robert Levin, Kris Bezuidenhout, Anthony Marwood, and Monica Huggett, and he appears with Tori Amos on her album Night of Hunters (Deutsche Grammophon).

    Whelan is committed to the development of the next generation of performing musicians, and is professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, at the Royal Northern College of Music, and at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire.