Born in England in 1961, Peter Tanfield started the violin aged four. He studied in Germany, Israel, Switzerland and Holland where his teachers were Igor Ozim, Felix Andrievski, Alberto Lysy, Herman Krebbers and Yehudi Menuhin. He was a prize-winner at The Carl Flesch International Competition, International Mozart Competition, International Bach Competition amongst others.
As soloist and chamber musician he has played throughout Europe, China, Japan, India, Canada, the Middle East, Africa, USA, and USSR. He has recorded numerous solo and chamber works for television and radio as well as CD. He has played for Chairman Deng in China and the Sultan of Oman. As soloist he has appeared with many major orchestras including the Philharmonia, City of London Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, West German Radio Orchestra, and Radio Symphony Orchestra of the RAI in Rome. As concertmaster, he has had extensive experience working with BBC Philharmonic, RSO RAI Roma, West German Radio Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
Some of the artists and composers he has worked and performed with are Astor Piazolla, Charlie Watts, Pinchas Zukerman, Yehudi Menuhin, Charles Wuorinen, Arvo Paert, Graeme Koehne, Gary Carr, Itzhak Perlman. Some of the conductors he has worked with are Carlo Maria Giulini, Claudio Abbado, Charles Dutoit, Louis Fremaux, Richard Hickox, Heinz Wallberg, Jun-Ichi Hirokami, John Adams, Oliver Knussen, Paavo Jaervi, Martyn Brabbins, Gary Bertini, Georg Solti, Pierre Boulez, Ivor Bolton, Simon Rattle.
He has been active as a teacher in Britain, Spain, Germany, Switzerland and Australia organizing, coordinating and delivering courses and chamber music programmes for festivals and youth organizations. From 2002 to 2008 he was lecturer in violin and ensemble at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, University of Tasmania. He is also Artistic Director of the Tasmanian Senior Youth Orchestra and the Derwent Symphony Orchestra, and Artistic Advisor to the Hobart Chamber Orchestra.
Peter came to Australia in 1998 to lead the Australian String Quartet. Until he left in November 2001, he dedicated himself to the quartet's development and teaching at the university of Adelaide, expanding the ensembles national profile and making two films for the ABC. Peter was one of four state finalists in the Australian of the Year Awards 2008 in recognition of his generosity in sharing his inspirational gift for communicating the joy of music making.
From January 2008 until December 2012, Peter held the position of Head of Strings at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University where he was also director of orchestra and chamber music. Since the beginning of 2013 he has been teaching the violin and chamber music at the University of Tasmania, where he is also Artistic Director of The Discovery Orchestra.
Fields of Research
- Musicology and Ethnomusicology (190409)
- Music Performance (190407)
- The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance) (950105)
- Arts and Leisure (950199)
Major Creative Work(10 outputs)
|2017||Deng S, Tanfield P, 'Duo Tasman China Tour', Propel, China Conservatory, Harbin concert hall, Xuzhou concert hall, Fuzhou concert hall (2017) [Curated Exhibition]|
Co-authors: Deng S
|2014||Tanfield P, 'Spiegeltent Performances', Ten Days on the Island, Spiegeltent, Hobart and Eral Arts Centre, Launceston (2014) [Performance]|
|2013||Tanfield P, 'Tasmanian Discovery Orchestra and Discovery Ensembles', MONA, MONA (2013) [Performance]|
|2013||Tanfield P, 'Hobart Chamber Orchestra', Hobart Chamber Orchestra, The Farrall Centre and St. Davids Cathedral (2013) [Performance]|
|1999||Tanfield PM, 'Strings on the Strzelecki', ABC Television, Australia wide (1999) [Recorded Creative Work]|
|1999||Tanfield PM, 'Shaker Dances', ABC Television, Adelaide, South Australia (1999) [Recorded Creative Work]|
|1995||Tanfield PM, 'The Piano Trios and Miniatures by Frank Bridge', MERIDIAN, Orpington, Kent, England (1995) [Recorded Creative Work]|
|1993||Tanfield PM, 'The Piano Trios by Joseph Haydn', MERIDIAN, Orpington, Kent, England (1993) [Recorded Creative Work]|
|1992||Tanfield PM, 'The Piano Trios and Horn Trio Op.40', MERIDIAN, Orpington, Kent, England (1992) [Recorded Creative Work]|
|1990||Tanfield PM, 'The Piano Quartets and Trio Op 2', TELOS, Cologne, Germany (1990) [Recorded Creative Work]|
Other Public Output(1 outputs)
|2016||Deng S, Tanfield P, 'Classic way to travel', The Mercury, News Corp Australia, Australia, 27 October, p. 30. (2016) [Newspaper Article]|
Co-authors: Deng S
|Masters||Teaching the Colourstrings Violinist: Student development through and beyond colourstrings|
Candidate: David Sanzone
|PhD||Technical Demands of Selected Contemporary Works for Violin|
Candidate: Ang-Cheng Kris Ho