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Peter Baker - piano

Melbourne pianist Peter Baker was originally from Liverpool, Merseyside, UK. As a young prodigy he won many prizes in local music festivals and gained a Licentiate in Performance from the Guildhall School of Music at the unusually young age of sixteen. At seventeen he declined an offer of a scholarship from The Royal Academy to study performance and instead he chose to study at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) with the great Polish concert pianist Ryszard Bakst, a winner in his time of the Chopin International Piano Competition.

In his final, post-graduate year with Bakst, Peter's recital at the RNCM was awarded the Gordon Green Memorial Award for the most outstanding virtuoso performance of 1991. Having already given numerous recitals around the UK, Peter was offered the opportunity to perform in Europe with great success.

On Peter’s return to England, he was asked to join a rock band (not for the first time) and tour with Pete Wylie. Peter has also worked and recorded with The Room, who received critical acclaim but were commercially unsuccessful as numerous BBC radio sessions, TV appearances and constant touring failed to attract a large audience. Almost twenty years later a compilation of The Room’s No Dream, has been released by LTM and is receiving rave reviews in the heritage rock press. Peter continues to contribute keyboards to CD releases by Dead Cowboys, described by The Guardian as England's answer to America's 'alt-country' scene.

Currently Peter is negotiating to release an album of Erik Satie's piano music which he is convinced is unique in classical music recording history, with various Australian record companies.

After settling in Melbourne, Peter has been awarded many scholarships by Melbourne University and the Victorian College of the Arts along with obtaining highly regarded positions with both institutions. He has had numerous great performances with many world class performers such as pianist Donna Coleman, French Hornists Geoff Collinson, and Hector McDonald from the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, violinist Philippa West from Orchestra Victoria, David Childs from Manchester, Michael Mulchay (2nd Principal Trombone with the Chicago Symphony) and Tristram Williams (Associate Principal Trumpet with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra), Tuba virtuoso Oeystein Baadsvik, Michael Burtoncello (Trombone, Zurich Symphony Orchestra), pianist John Perry and has worked with young Australian composer Nicholas Vines.

Peter's first performance of 2005 was at Liverpool's Williamson Art Gallery; an emotional home-coming recital. Since then he has been pleased to form a new alliance with the VCA's Honours Department, for whom he is now official accompanist. Peter has also been delighted to accept work from the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), where he accompanied students in the Academy's concerto competition and recently appeared in an ANAM Virtuoso Series Concert. Peter's last major appearance was in July at the National Gallery of Victoria as part of the hugely prestigious Dutch Masters exhibition, Peter performed a program of J.S.Bach's keyboard works.

... and Peter has also finally completed his Masters Degree!

Peter Baker has appeared with the Zelman Symphony in the following concerts:

10 September 2005

The above details were supplied by the individual performer and were current at the time of their last performance with the Zelman Symphony.

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