Peter Scholes is a clarinettist, musical director, conductor and composer. Born in Auckland, his specialist instrument is the clarinet which he studied with George Hopkins, Alan Hacker and Thea King and with Ken Wilson at the Auckland Conservatorium, now the University of Auckland School of Music. His interpretations received international acclaim when he was prize winner in the 1987 International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition held in Rotterdam.
From 1980-1993 Peter was principal clarinet with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and clarinet tutor at the School of Music and has been in groups such as Red Mole, Auckland Chamber Music Players, From Scratch, Digorie, The Auckland Wind Quintet and Avant Garage. He has appeared as soloist with all the New Zealand orchestras including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and many concerto performances with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. He has given recitals for Chamber Music New Zealand and was guest artist with the New Zealand String Quartet in quintets by Mozart, Weber and Brahms. He is a frequent soloist with the Auckland Chamber Orchestra.
He was composer and conductor for the NZ feature film “Desperate Remedies” and the short film "Hinekaro goes on a Picnic and Blows Up Another Obelisk". He also conducted the soundtrack to "Heavenly Creatures". Film score compositions include “The Tattooist”, “Memory and Desire” by Niki Caro based on the story by Peter Wells and recorded by the NZSO and “Fifty Ways of Saying Fabulous”.
Peter has had works commissioned by the NZSO, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Saint Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra, CadeNZa, Chamber Music New Zealand, the Auckland Wind Quintet, Patrick Power, Gareth Farr, Amanda Hollins and Richard Mapp and for Radio New Zealand drama productions. His composition “Islands II” represented New Zealand in the 1993 UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers.
He was Founder (1999) and is currently Musical Director of the Auckland Chamber Orchestra. He studied conducting with Juan Matteucci and has conducted all the professional New Zealand Orchestras as well as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Orion Orchestra and the Prague Symphony Orchestra. His experience in conducting ranges from the traditional repertoire through to contemporary compositions with forays into unique projects such as combining Cook Island drummers with the symphony orchestra and multi-media orchestral performances.
Peter was musical director of the Auckland Sinfonietta, a position he held from 1996-1999. He has extensive experience in the area of education with the Auckland Philharmonia in pioneering new styles of young person's concerts to capacity houses at the Aotea Centre. He also conducted the “Lakeside” operatic spectaculars in Rotorua with the Auckland Philharmonia and a similar event with the Wellington Sinfonia. He was conductor for the ENZSO and ENZSO2 recording and subsequent tours. In 1995 he composed music for the Royal New Zealand Ballet production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Recent commissions include Relic (2010) for STROMA, Bonk for percussion and orchestra (2008) for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and Requiem Concerto (2007) for Auckland Chamber Orchestra. Peter has lectured in clarinet, electronic music, conducting and chamber music at University of Auckland and Waikato University.
Information about Peter Scholes and his music for film and television can also be found on the NZ On Screen website.
music for ballet
for flute, 2 bass clarinets and double bass, 6m
for chamber orchestra, 10m
for percussion and orchestra
orchestral music for film
for tenor and piano
for large chamber ensemble and voice, 5m
short piece for B flat clarinet and piano, 4m
for wind quintet, 19m
for solo clarinet with live electronics, 20m
for clarinet and piano, 15m
orchestral music for film, 1h 2m
for orchestra, electric violin, two singers and Kapa Haka, 4m
for thirteen players, 11m
for violin, voices and chamber orchestra, 29m
for orchestra, 16m
for flute and piano
for string quartet, 18m
for string trio
for orchestra with narrator
an opera, 35m
for narrator and string orchestra
for amplified clarinet, percussionist and drum machine, 12m
for violin, clarinet and piano, 18m 30s
for flute, clarinet, violin, taonga pūoro, cello, piano and percussion, 10m 15s
for solo clarinet, 14m
arranged for voice and orchestra, 5m 26s
arranged for voice and orchestra, 4m 48s
arranged for voice and orchestra, 4m 55s
arranged for voice and orchestra, 4m 12s
arranged for voice and orchestra, 3m 29s
arranged for voice and orchestra, 4m 53s
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