Peter Campbell-Kelly

Section Leader Second Violin

Peter grew up near Macclesfield, Cheshire and took up the violin at the age of 8 after hearing the then leader of the Halle, Martin Milner, play a Mozart concerto with a local orchestra. “I was mesmerised by his lovely playing and just wanted to get my hands on a fiddle!” he says.

He eventually went on to have lessons with Mr Milner before studying at the Royal Northern College of Music with Yossi Zivoni and György Pauk.

Peter was for many years a section leader in both the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and then n the Royal Northern Sinfonia before joining the CBSO to lead the Second Violins. He has appeared as soloist in the BBC Proms with both the BBC Philharmonic and the RNS and at Le Châtelet in Paris with the SCO. He has also freelanced as guest principal with many of the UK orchestras, including the Philharmonia, London Sinfonietta, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish, Liverpool Philharmonic, Opera North, Oxford Philomusica and WNO.

As a chamber musician he was for several years violinist 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 played alongside Joseph Swensen, Jaime Laredo, Michael Collins, Peter Donohoe, Stephen Bishop Kovacevich and the Endellioin Quartet. He also led many concerts with the Royal Northern Sinfonia Chamber Ensemble including a tour of Japan in 2008. With the Leda Trio, he also released a CD of 18th Century Violin Sonatas.

For Peter, playing under Andris Nelsons has been “a huge privilege - he’s just so overwhelmingly inspiring….and VERY funny!!"

In his spare time Peter divides his time between his passion for gardening and enjoying the company of his four long-haired cats.