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Peter Charles Allen: Biography

Peter Charles Allen
1961 -
Region: Atlantic

Peter Charles Allen

Peter is a member of SOCAN and an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre (CMC).He is also a member of The Living Composers Project.

“HURRICANE JUAN Piano Concerto”, was commissioned by CBC Radio 2 and was world-premiered by Symphony Nova Scotia on their season’s opening concert with Peter as soloist. Performances were on September 25th and 28th, 2008 in Halifax, and again for St. Cecilia Concert Series in Lunenburg, NS on October 3rd, 2008. The world premiere was broadcast on CBC Radio 2’s Sunday Afternoon in Concert nationally on September 28, 2008, the actual day of the 5th anniversary of the storm. This work was listed for a year on CBC’s Concerts on Demand. Peter has had many commissions, including a String Quartet commissioned by the CBC for national broadcast by the Blue Engine String Quartet, premiered March 12, 2003. Most recent, 'Vaudville", a 6-hand piano work for Scotia Festival in 2012, and a flute/piano work for the 2013 national convention of the Registered Music Teachers' Association.

His orchestral work Mar Atlantico was given its Canadian premiere by Symphony Nova Scotia under the baton of Bernhard Gueller on the stage of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on April 28th, 2003, to rave reviews. Mar Atlantico was subsequently programmed for Halifax audiences in January, 2005. Another commissioned orchesteral work for the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra The Halifax Explosion later won the 2005 inaugural Lieutenant Governor’s “Masterworks Award” finalist nomination.



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