Peter Foggitt is a pianist, conductor and composer, born in Scotland in 1984. He has worked with Re:Sound as the musical director of and performer in Battles Within and Without; and the pianist in The Mask Behind the Face.
His first orchestral work was performed in 1996; he made his piano concerto debut at fourteen; in 2006, whilst a finalist at Cambridge, he recorded Rachmaninov’s third piano concerto for BBC Radio 3. Peter undertook postgraduate study in singing, piano and improvisation at Trinity College of Music; he studied for the MMus. at the Guildhall School with Martin Roscoe and Eugene Asti.
Peter directs the award-winning vocal ensemble Cries of London, and in the 2012-2014 seasons is guest Chorus Master at the Royal Opera, Copenhagen, and for Polish National Opera. Future engagements include coaching at the National Opera Studio in the spring of 2014, and the first performance of the expanded version of his opera Alcina, by Barefoot Opera.
As a solo and ensemble pianist, Peter maintains a busy and diverse schedule: planned concerts this season include performances with Trio Ischl, concertos with Sevenoaks Symphony Orchestra, the Blackburn Symphony Orchestra and the 1885 Players, and solo recitals including Bach’s Goldberg Variations. He works regularly with singers including Philippa Boyle, Alice Rose Privett, and Nicholas Morris, and has a long-standing partnership with ‘cellist Rebecca Herman.
Peter’s music is performed across the UK and internationally. Particularly in demand for his prodigious output of choral and vocal music, Peter has been commissioned by several cathedral choirs, and by soloists and ensembles.
It is in the field of improvisation that Peter is best known. Acclaimed at the age of seventeen for his ‘stunning… fire-breathing virtuosity’ in extemporisation, he is equally comfortable in classical and contemporary styles, working with jazz trios and improvising classical fugues.