Peter Jenkin (Clarinets) Born in London, Peter grew up in Adelaide, where he studied with Alan Bray and David Shepherd. He began his professional career as principal clarinet with the State Opera of South Australia. After completing a music degree at Adelaide University he studied with Antony Pay in London and worked with the London Sinfonietta and the Nash Ensemble, and also the Britten Pears Orchestra. Subsequently he was principal clarinet in l’Orchestre de l’Opera de Lyon.
Since 1985 he has freelanced in Sydney, often appearing with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as guest associate principal clarinettist.He is now with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. He has recently given many premieres of solo clarinet works, including those of Margaret Sutherland, Riccardo Formosa, Greg White and Roger Dean. A recording of his performance of a work of Rolf Gelhaar is available on Etcetera; and he is featured on austraLYSIS’ cd Windows in Time. He has worked with many ensembles, including recently that for Calculated Risks Opera Productions piece ‘Tales of Love’, and was a founder of the Sydney Alpha Ensemble. He is also on the staff of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. His first solo CD was released by Tall Poppies, with the financial support of the Australia Council, and he has edited music of Margaret Sutherland (Currency Press).