Peter Campbell-Kelly studied with Yossi Zivoni and Gyorgy Pauk at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he won many prizes for performances of solo and chamber music. As an orchestral violinist he has been section leader in both the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Northern Sinfonia and is currently section leader of the 2nd violins in the CBSO.
As a chamber musician he was for many years a member of the Leda Piano trio, performing on London’s South Bank, broadcasting regularly for the BBC and touring internationally. The Trio also had a successful series of concerts at Edinburgh’s Queens Hall. With the SCO String Quartet, he performed chamber music with Joseph Swensen, Michael Collins, Peter Donohoe, Stephen Bishop-Kovacevich and the Endellion Quartet, and was involved in SCO education projects, from organising workshops for Shetland schoolchildren to contemporary music days at the Kings Lynn Festival. He led countless chamber concerts with the Northern Sinfonia chamber ensemble, including a major tour of Japan in 2008.
As soloist he has appeared with the BBC Philharmonic, with Northern Sinfonia at the BBC Proms under Thomas Zehetmair, the SCO at Le Chatelet, Paris, and premiered Tavener’s ‘Ikon of Light’ at the Cheltenham Festival. With the Leda Trio, he released a CD of 18th century Scottish violin sonatas which received much critical acclaim.
One of Peter’s most memorable and really quite unique experiences to date was sitting playing with a large cardboard house placed over his head, as part of one of Tim Hopkins’ amazingly poignant theatrical productions in BCMG’s 2011 Family Concerts.