Hanson, Peter

As a young violinist in the 1980s, Peter Hanson played in London with the Academy of St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields, The London Sinfonietta and other orchestras. He also formed the Hanson String Quartet, which toured extensively, made numerous recordings, and broadcast regularly for the BBC. In 1990 Peter was invited by Trevor Pinnock to lead the English Concert Orchestra and was soon travelling the world playing the baroque repertoire.

A vision of a new string quartet emerged and the Eroica Quartet was formed with colleagues from the world of period instrument performance. As well as working with the quartet, Peter now leads Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Orchestre Revolutionaire et Romantique, which had a residency at the Chatelet Theatre in Paris culminating in an historic performance of ‘Les Troyens’ by Berlioz.  The orchestra was also used in the BBC 2 costume drama ‘Eroica’ in October 2003. As leader he both played and acted in this film.

Peter has led for Roger Norrington’s London Classical Players and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He has been invited as guest leader with the Hallé Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Rostropovich, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Les Musiciens du Louvre with Marc Minkowski, L’Orchestre des Champs-Elysées and a new French orchestra, La Chambre Philharmonique, which is a period instrument group specialising in classical and romantic repertoire. In April 2005, he completed a tour of Europe as guest leader of the London Symphony Orchestra.