Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (2nd clarinet), Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique (2nd clarinet), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (principal E flat and 2nd clarinet), Birmingham Contemporary Group, the New Professional's Chamber Orchestra (currently principal clarinet), the Corelli Orchestra (principal clarinet), Marches Baroque (principal clarinet), CBSO Jazz Ensmble 'Little Big Time Band', English Pocket Opera Company (principal clarinet)
Peter studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire from 1997 where his professors were Michael Harris and Colin Parr. Whilst at the Conservatoire, Peter won the prestigious John Ireland Chamber music award with a performance of that composer's Fantasy Sonata.
Peter was also awarded a place on the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Training Scheme. At the Conservatoire Peter performed numerous concertos with the college's ensembles, he also developed an interest in early clarinets, which led to a performance with the Conservatoire's Baroque Capelle Orchestra with the Chalumeau Concerto by Fasch. Peter also premiered Guy Woolfenden's arrangement of Malcolm Arnold's Pre-Goodman Rag for wind ensemble; he later performed the complete Arnold Concerto with the Warwickshire Symphony under Guy Woolfenden as part of the composer's eightieth birthday celebrations.
Peter went on to graduate from the Royal College of Music in 2002 with a PGDip. There his professors were Janet Hilton, Richard Hosford, Robert Hill and Tim Lines. During the summer of that year, Peter was awarded the Prix de Fossat and was invited to France to perform for Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark at a private reception.
As soloist he has performed in many venues across the UK and Europe and premiered several new works for the instrument as well as giving performances of concertos by Mozart, Weber, Finzi and Arnold to name a few.
Peter has been involved with several major projects, most notably with the BBC as a member of the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique in the BBC docu-drama 'Eroica'. Peter was also awarded a place on the prestigious Jerwood Foundation Scholarship for Young Players in association with the Orchestra in the Age of Enlightenment. As an orchestral player he has worked with several well-known English orchestras and as a session player. Peter has also held the principal clarinet seat with the Symphony Orchestra of India and while principal worked with conductors Charles Dutoit, Rafael Payare amongst others.
As a chamber musician Peter works with numerous pianists and musicians including Martin Cousins, John Lenehan and Julian Lloyd Weber. This has lead Peter to perform in the Windsor and Wooburn Festivals and also various music clubs from Scotland to the South of England. Peter was also performed for the Concert Promoters Network for their 2009/10 season. Solo projects include his debut CD "English Fantasy" released on Cala Records music of David Braid for Toccata Classics and British Serenade for Heritage Records.
Engagements further afield have included giving a recital and master class at the University of New Hampshire USA as well as working with local high school clarinetists and the Seacoast Wind Ensemble, performances in Russia, Spain for the inaugural Groba Festival and Mexico where Peter performed Mozart's Clarinet Concerto and gave the Mexican premiere of Malcolm Arnold's 2nd Clarinet Concerto. Peter has also coached chamber music for the Music for You Summer School.
Peter is a Backun Musical artist and a Silverstein Works Artist.
Royal College of Music PGDip in Orchestral Performance (2001 - 02), Birmingham Conservatoire BMus (hons) Degree (1997 - 2001)
Prizes and Awards
Marlow International Concerto Competition, silver medal (2007), Prix Du Fossat for Chamber Music (2002), BMI Woodwind Competition, finalist (2001), Symphony Hall Recital Competition, finalist (2001), Ludlow Philharmonic Prize, runner up (2001), John Ireland Chamber Music Competition, winner (2000), Young Cygnets Trust Fund, EMI Sound Foundation, Plymouth Music Accord, Marylebone Foundation Educational Award, Jerwood Foundation
Michael Harris, Colin Parr, Janet Hilton, Bob Hill, Richard Hosford, Barnaby Robson. Peter has also studied with Andrew Marriner and Antony Pay. Peter has participated in masterclasses with Michael Collins.
Peter joined Morgensterns in May 2007
Peter's web profile was last updated 8th Feb 2019
Peter has enjoyed a wide and varied career since taking up the clarinet at the age of eleven. His first professional recitals were at the age 14 in Plymouth with pianist/composer Clive Jenkins, this partnership still takes Peter around Devon and Cornwall performing in such recital series as the Plymouth International Concert Series. Clive was so impressed by Peter's playing he decided to compose a clarinet concerto for him, this concerto was premiered in 2000 with the Southwest Sinfonia in Plymouth's Guildhall alongside Mozart's Clarinet Concerto.
More recent solo performances include the Mozart, Finzi, Crusell (No.2), Weber (No.2), Arnold (No.2), and Nielson Clarinet Concertos, as well as world premieres of Jenkins and Wilson Clarinet Concertos. Peter has also performed Weber Concertino, Stravinsky Ebony Concerto and Fasch Chalumeau Concerto in B flat.
Peter gave a performance of Mozart's Clarinet Quintet with the Dante String Quartet as part of the inaugural concert for the Dante Summer Music Festival and performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto in Chelmsford and Arundel Cathedrals. He has given recitals at the Windsor Festival, Wooburn Festival, Carlisle International Summer Festival, Pymouth Museum and Art Gallery International Music Series, and at St James' Piccadilly.
Peter went to study at the Birmingham Conservatoire in 1997, were his professors were Michael Harris and Colin Parr. Whilst at the Conservatoire Peter won the prestigious John Ireland Chamber music award with a performance of the composers Fantasy Sonata, he was also awarded a place on the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Training Scheme that lead to extra work with the orchestra.
At the Conservatoire Peter performed numerous concertos with the college's ensembles, he also developed an interest in early clarinets, which lead to a performance with the Conservatoire's Baroque Caplle Orchestra with the Chalumaeax Concerto by Fasch. Peter also premiered Guy Woolfenden's arrangement of Malcolm Arnold's Pre-Goodman Rag for wind ensemble. He later performed the complete Arnold Concerto with the Warwickshire Symphony under Guy Woolfenden as part of the composer's 80th birthday celebrations.
Peter graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2002 with a PGDip, were his professors were Janet Hilton, Richard Hosford, Robert Hill and Tim Lines. During the summer of 2002 Peter was awarded with the Prix de Fossat along side pianist Gina Kruger for their collaborations in chamber music, whilst in France the pair were invited to perform for Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark at a private reception.
Peter has been involved with several major projects, most notably with the BBC as a member of the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique in the BBC docu-drama EROICA. Other projects have included the formation of the wind octet Octanphonie. Peter was also recently awarded a place on the prestigious Jerwood Foundation Scholarship for Young Players in association with the Orchestra in the Age of Enlightenment.
Peter is currently principle clarinet with the New Professionals Chamber Orchestra. Peter plays on a pair of Peter Eaton Elite clarinets made for him in November 2001.
Peter's debut CD English Fantasy is now availabile on Cala Records and on iTunes.
English lyricism is to the fore in this collection of pieces by composers who love and understand the clarinet. Composers of the "English Renaissance " are represented, together with those of the present-day. All are renowned for their attractive and imaginative scores.
Peter Cigleris is an award-winning British clarinettist, with a formidable orchestral and chamber music background. Antony Gray is an Australian-born pianist with a large number of recordings of both 19th and 20th Century music to his credit. Together they bring to life repertoire which deserves wider attention.
Peter's debut CD English Fantasy is now available on Cala Records and also on iTunes.
"The light-footed and lilting performance of the Clarinet Concerto was a joyous antidote to all those soporific 'emotion recollected in tranquillity' renditions. Peter Cigleris, the orchestra's principal clarinet, absorbed by the enlightenment of 'period' performance (he has a particular interest in early clarinets and has performed Fasch's Concerto for Chalumeau, a 17th-century forebear of the clarinet), took swift speeds for the outer movements and decorated the line freely, the music freshly minted. Full justice was also done to the Adagio, the concerto's emotional core, with the return of the main idea brought off with real magic. In this superb performance all life's gaiety and sadness seemed to co-exist, an essential conundrum that makes Mozart's greatest music so extraordinarily potent."
www.musicweb-international.com reviews of English Fantasy with Antony Gray
Rob Barnett: It is my misfortune not to have heard Peter Cigleris until this disc arrived. He has Devon connections and gave his first professional recital at the age 14 in Plymouth with pianist-composer Clive Jenkins. This, is not one of those recordings dogged by key mechanism clitter-clatter. Wonderful if uncanny when mechanical essentials can be suppressed to allow the music to speak without distraction.
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Jonathan Woolf: The excellent clarinettist Peter Cigleris, together with fine pianist Antony Gray, has constructed a good-looking recital that balances works from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s with more contemporary fare. The focus is on British music, though John Carmichael is Australian. Alwyn's Clarinet Sonata of 1962 receives a richly committed performance, fluid with regard to rubato, sensitively coloured, and showing due regard for the pacing of the many incidents in this twelve-minute work.
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