Peter Neville is a graduate of the Victorian College Of The Arts and he was appointed Head Of Percussion there in 2000. Whilst he works across the range of musical styles he has a particular commitment to new music and chamber music. As the percussionist of the ELISION Ensemble for twenty-four years, Peter has been involved with practically all their concerts, compact discs and international tours. Important works including Chris Dench's “Driftglass” and Richard Barrett's; “Abglanzbeladen-Auseinandergeschrieben”, have been written for and premiered by him. He is also a current member of The Liminal Project, The David Chesworth Ensemble, The BOLT Ensemble , Six Degrees Ensemble and The Raga Dolls Salon Orchestra and he has recorded and/or toured internationally with each of them.
With SPEAK Percussion he has collaborated with major percussion figures including Jan Williams, Pedro Caneiro and Fritz Hauser . He has also worked in orchestral settings and highlights have included tours to Europe with the Australian Youth Orchestra and Japan with the Melbourne Symphony as well as the M.S.O.’s “Tour de Force” with Elton John and the Australian premiere of Messiaen's “Turangalila” Symphony, in the presence of the composer. Music-theatre highlights have included touring Australia as musical director of “Tap Dogs”, the Australia/China tour of Playbox Theatre's “Cho-Cho-San”, and Richard III with Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company.
He was guest drummer with Britain’s Balanescu String Quartet in their three Australian seasons of “Possessed” with the Meryl Tankard Australian Dance Theatre and he also worked with the Brodsky String Quartet during their 2010 Australian tour. His CD recordings range from pop albums by Peter Andre and Deborah Conway to film soundtracks including “The Man From Snowy Riiver” and “Japanese Story” as well as numerous chamber music discs. In addition to his performing , Peter has also composed for various ensembles and theatre productions and is published by Reed Music.
In 2006 he was Artistic Director of the “Youth Masterclass In Percussion” held at the VCA as part of the Commonwealth Games “Festival Melbourne” .This event featured a clutch of percussion celebrities from around the globe , including NEXUS and Evelyn Glennie. He continues as Head Of Percussion at the Melbourne Conservatorium Of Music, and is also Convenor Of Percussion at the Australian National Academy Of Music.
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