Posted on Feb 28, 2012
Peter Allen has continually delighted audiences with his virtuosity and soulful artistry. As a concert pianist, he is often heard on CBC regional and national radio and is well known to audiences in the Maritimes and throughout Canada for his captivating interpretations. With two solo CD’s to his credit, plans are in the works for a new release in 2011. As a chamber musician, he has performed with many illustrious musicians throughout Canada. He was staff accompanist at the Banff Centre for five years prior to his return to Nova Scotia and performed with an international roster of artists there. Here in Halifax, he is known as a fabulous collaborator in chamber music and a wonderful solo recitalist. He performs often with Symphony Nova Scotia’s concertmaster, Robert Uchida, and can be heard as concerto soloist on occasion here in Halifax with Symphony Nova Scotia. For many years he has been a regular performer with the “Music on the Hill” Concert Series at UNB Fredericton, the Scotia Festival of Music, Symphony New Brunswick, and the St. Cecilia Concert Series. Peter has also performed as solo recitalist in most communities in the Maritimes, to rave reviews and standing ovations. He performs at the Kincardine Summer Music Festival in Ontario and the Fredericton Summer Music Festival and occasionally in Kitchener, Ontario. Peter is currently Associate Professor of Piano at Dalhousie University’s Department of Music, a post he has held since 2005. He teaches piano and music courses and also conducts student orchestra concerts with the Dalhousie Symphony Orchestra. Before winning this position, Peter was Artist in Residence for four years at the University of New Brunswick’s Centre for the Performing Arts, at Fredericton. Before that, he taught piano at Acadia University and St. Xavier University. Also an active composer, Peter had the honour of being the only musical composition finalist for the 2006 N.S. Lieutenant Governor’s Masterworks Award for his orchestral work “Variations on the Halifax Explosion”. See his Composer page for more information. Peter is an Associate Professor of the Canadian Music Centre (CMC), a member of SOCAN and a member of The Living Composers Project. Peter has a BMUS from Mount Allison University, and a Masters of Music in Performance from Yale University.