Peter Gellhorn

Pianist, coach and conductor, born 24.10.1912 in Breslau, died 14.2.2004 in London

The Musical Legacy of Peter Gellhorn was the subject of a major RCM Cultural Engagement Project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, 2016. Please visit the dedicated website.


Biography

Between the years of 1929 - 34, Peter studied at Hochschule für Musik Berlin. A year after finishing his studies he emigrated to the UK where he became the musical director at Toynbee Hall, East London until 1939. However with the outbreak of war he was interned on the Isle of Man from 1940 - 1941.

After spending time as an 'enemy alien' on the internment camp he moved back to London where he worked as the repetiteur for Sadler's Wells Opera. The rest of his career in the UK was dominated by work in the opera. He became a conductor at Covent Garden from 1946 – 1953, and then a repetiteur and chorus master at Glyndebourne Opera from 1954 – 1961.

From 1961, Peter worked extensively as a chorus master at the BBC. In addition to his reputation for his work with singers, he was a highly respected teacher and enjoyed chamber music, collaborating with Maria Lidka, among others.


Related Links

  • Peter Gellhorn - The Musical Legacy
    Peter Gellhorn was the focus of a major Cultural Engagement Project at the Royal College of Music in 2016, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. You can now watch video performances of his chamber music and download the sheet music for free.
    Visit the dedicated website.
  • Peter Gellhorn on Wikipedia

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