Peter Stark



One of the things that continually drives me is that ‘it can always be better’! It doesn’t matter how much you work at something, it can always be improved. We never stop learning.



Peter Stark

Conductor, Educationalist, Consultant

Peter Stark’s performances as a conductor are exhilarating, 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 Rehearsal Director to the European Union Youth Orchestra, a Professor of Conducting at London’s Royal College of Music, and Distinguished Professor of Conducting at the China Con-servatory of Music in Beijing. He has taught over six hundred private students, and his acclaimed courses in conducting have taken him across the world. His reputation as a teacher and mentor is internationally renowned.

Peter’s growing media profile includes his appointment as series consultant to the popular BBC tel-evision series ‘Maestro’ and regular screen appearances as a mentor. For this role Peter was re-sponsible 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 Sym-phony Orchestra, the Hallé, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the English Chamber Orches-tra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment 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 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, the Ung Filharmonie of Norway and the Toyota City Orchestra in Japan. He is Principal Conductor to the Arabian Youth Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra. Between 1985 and 2010 Peter was Conductor in Residence of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

Plans for the forthcoming twelve months include two trips to the China Conservatory, Beijing and a return to Singapore. Two more EUYO residencies, in Ferrara, Italy and Grafenegg, Austria, com-plete the increasingly important role that international work plays in Peter’s profile. He also hopes (COVID-19 allowing) to fulfil a contract with Norwegian National Ballet to conduct seven perfor-mances of ‘The Hamlet Complex’ in September 2020.

At last he hopes to publish of the first of two books based on his experiences as conductor and ed-ucationalist; one good result of the Coronavirus lockdown!