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Peter Barber

Performer, Commissioner


Peter Barber performs in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra as Assistant sub-principal violist. In addition he teaches the viola privately, and performs as a chamber musician. He was born in Lower Hutt in 1957 and currently resides in Lyall Bay. His contact phone number is 027 750 5443.

His New Zealand repertoire includes Douglas Lilburn's "Salutes to Seven Poets" for viola and piano. As a solo violist he has performed the following NZ works, Matthew Davidson's "Magyar Rondo", John Rimmer’s “Mahurangi”, John Elmsly’s “Stillscape” & "Four Echoes", and David Farquhar’s “Chap-chap”.

A recording of Peter accompanying Roger Wilson in “Three Songs for Baritone and Viola” by Douglas Lilburn (to a texts by James K. Baxter) has been included on The Waiteata Collection of New Zealand Music Volume IX: Douglas Lilburn: Salutes to Poets.

Recently he was involved in SOUNZ's ReSound project, recording Chris Blake's "A Viola on Skye", and with Rachel Vernon clarinetist and Andrew Joyce cellist recording Chloe Moon's "Trio for clarinet, viola and cello".

Commissioned (1)

Four Echoes

for viola