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Violinist.com Interviews: Vol. 1

Our exclusive, one-on-one interviews with 27 of today's best-known violinists, including Hilary Hahn, Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang, David Garrett, Anne Akiko Meyers, Maxim Vengerov, and others.


Peter Bucknell

New York, New York

Peter joined Violinist.com on Feb 10, 2006

Personal website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Bucknell

Acclaimed by the Australian press as a brilliant soloist, Dr Bucknell was the Assistant Professor of Viola at the State University of New York in Potsdam. His career as a soloist and chamber musician continues to blossum both here, and across Asia and the Pacific. After winning first prize in the Auckland International Viola Congress Competition, and the Gold Medal in the Dandenong Recital Competition, he was given the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Award.

He has been a soloist with orchestras in Pittsburg, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Sydney, Cologne and New York. He gave the Australian premiere of Michael Colgrass' "Chaconne" for viola and orchestra, which was broadcast on ABC Radio.

Doctor Bucknell has given recitals in Sweden, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Canada, America and Australia and has performed in London's Wigmore Hall, France's Grange de Meslay, Radio France and in many other European halls. While in Europe, he was loaned the "Mahler Stradivarius" which was the first Viola Stradivarius made.

As a chamber musician, he has won prizes including the Interpretation Prize in the Osaka Competition in 1996 and the Audience Prize in the Melbourne Chamber Strings Competition. He was the violist of Belgian String Quartet "Quatuor Danel" which won prizes at the Evian, London and Moscow Quartet Competitions

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