Peter Manning

Peter Manning, Artistic Director, is recognised as one of Britain's finest musicians. He is an outstanding conductor, soloist, concertmaster, director, teacher and chamber musician. Peter is conductor and Artistic Director of Musica Vitae, Sweden and Manning Camerata. He is also Concertmaster of The Royal Opera House. Peter’s conducting career includes work with the Royal Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, the Edsberg Chamber Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and the Soloists of The Royal Opera House.

Peter made his Royal Festival Hall debut with the Philharmonia in a live radio broadcast. Since then he has appeared with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé, the Ulster, the London Mozart Players, the London Philharmonic, the Philharmonia, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic, the Oulu Chamber Orchestra and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.

After gaining experience working with conductors such as Solti, Tennstedt, Rattle, Haitink and Svetlanov, Peter left to form the Britten String Quartet and to concentrate on his conducting career.

Peter first began to play the violin when he was five. He attended Chethams School of Music and studied in this country with Yossi Zivoni, with Josef Gingold in the USA and with Nathan Milstein. He won all the major string prizes at the Royal Northern College of Music and graduated with distinction in performance. Major scholarships from the Royal Society of Arts, the Martin Musical Scholarship, the Craxton Trust and the Indiana University enable him to continue his studies. Before leaving for the UK he was prize winner in the Anderson International Violin Competition and first prize winner and gold medallist in the Royal Overseas League Competition.

He was appointed as Professor of the Violin at the Royal Northern College of Music in 1981, a post he relinquished in 1983 when he was invited to become Leader of the London Philharmonic. After gaining great experience working with conductors such as Solti, Tennstedt, Rattle, Haitink and Svetlanov, Peter left the Orchestra to form the Britten String Quartet and to concentrate on his solo career.

Peter founded the Britten Quartet in 1986 which established an international reputation and discography, making, during its ten years, over twenty recordings. The Britten Quartet was the first British Quartet to be offered an exclusive EMI contract and recorded a substantial 20 disc discography including works by Beethoven, Schubert, Schnittke, Ravel, Verdi, Brahms, Cherubini, Janacek, Tippett, Prokofieff, Britten and Vaughan Williams.


Peter is now known internationally as a conductor and tours to France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Spain, Scandinavia, the Far East, the USA, South America and Russia and appearances at the major venues make up his busy schedule. Peter is the recipient of the German Recording Industry's Schallplaten Pries.

Peter has a wide-ranging repertory and is active in orchestrating arrangements and the commissioning of new works. He has recently had his arrangement of the Schnittke String Quartet Number 3 accepted by Universal Edition and the Schnittke estate.

Peter is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Northern College of Music and is an honorary member of the Royal College of Music.

Peter Manning conducting the Manning Camerata.

Photograph by Marco Wyndham.