Conductor

Internationally respected conductor, Peter Hanke, has specialised as an interpreter of advanced contemporary music and oratorio masterpieces for instrumental and vocal ensembles.  In his native Denmark he has worked frequently as a guest conductor and chorusmaster with professional ensembles, including the Danish National Radio Choir, Danish Radio Concert Orchestra, Hafnia Chamber Orchestra and Ars Nova Copenhagen.  His capacity for effective and inspirational leadership means that he is also highly sought after across Europe as both a conductor and workshop leader.  Invitations have included the RIAS Kammerchor (Germany), Rzeszow and Lwodz Philharmonic Orchestras (Poland), Helsinki Chamber Choir (Finland), Vox Luminis (Netherlands), Badischer Kammerphilharmonie (Germany), Musica Vitae Chamber Orchestra (Sweden), Musica Beata (UK) as Principal Guest Conductor and the National Chamber Choir of Ireland.

In 2001 Peter founded the professional chamber choir, Voces Copenhagen, and in 2010 expanded his work with the ensemble to include a conductor training programme for talented young conductors.  Voces Academy is well-established in Copenhagen, with associates holding distinguished positions within the Danish choral industry, and is now rapidly expanding within the UK.

Peter is in great demand as a conducting pedagogue and is regularly invited to present masterclasses at some of Europe’s most prestigious institutions, including Royal Danish Academy of Music, Kungliga Musikhögskolan (Royal College of Music, Sweden), Royal Conservatoire (The Hague), Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler (Hanns Eisler Academy of Music, Berlin), Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and Birmingham Conservatoire.

Following a BA in Musicology from Copenhagen University, Peter studied conducting at the Danish Royal Academy of Music with the distinguished professors Jorma Panula and Dan-Olof Stenlund.  In 1986 he founded the Carmina Chamber Choir and Orchestra, claiming first place in the Fondazione Guido d’Arezzo choral competition in 1996 and receiving an award from the Einar Hansen Research Foundation for artistic achievements in 2005. Recordings include music by Nielsen, Grieg, Barber, Holmboe, Nørgård, Lewkovitch, Elgar, Moeran, Vaughan Williams and Mendelssohn.

Recordings:

  • Felix Mendelssohn Chorlieder, EMI Classics CDC 5 56770 2
  • Contemporary Danish Choral Music, Danica DCD 8151
  • Jul med Carmina, Danica DCD 8132
  • Songs of Springtime, Acclaim Productions APCD4012
  • Vagn Holmboe: Liber canticorum, Danica DCD 8209/11
  • Albinoni Barber Grieg Nielsen, COPE productions