Born in London in 1966 but living in Paris since 1994, PETER BANNISTER holds graduate degrees in music (King’s College Cambridge) and systematic/philosophical theology (University of Wales). He has been the winner of several prizes at national and international level as a composer and performer, including the Prix André Caplet for composition from the Institut de France as well as prizes at the Chartres and Nuremberg international organ competitions.
His compositional catalogue comprises orchestral, choral, chamber and solo vocal and instrumental music, with performances in Europe (South Bank Centre, St John’s Smith Square, Festival Klangbogen Wien, Berlin, Paris, Festival J.S. Bach St Donat, Bourges, Chartres, Chichester, Münster, Oliwa, Trieste, Ulm Cathedrals, Würzburger Bachtage) and North America (Ann Arbor, Boston, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York) as well as broadcasts on Italian and American public radio. In 2002 he was a featured composer at the Rencontres Musicales de La Prée chamber music festival. In March 2004 John Nelson and the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris gave the first performance of his “Nuages de Magellan” at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, followed in 2006 by “Pursued by Bronze Horsemen” in memory of Shostakovich. In December 2008 he conducted his oratorio “Et iterum venturus est”, commissioned by SOLI DEO GLORIA Inc. (Chicago), with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, the Maîtrise de Paris and the French Army Choir in the closing concert of the centenary Messiaen cycle at the church of La Trinité in Paris. In 2009 his symphonic work Darum trauert das Land received a series of performances by the Niederrheinische Sinfoniker under Graham Jackson, opening the Ensemblia Contemporary Art Festival in Mönchengladbach, and “Abendempfindung” for the Polish soprano Aleksandra Zamojska and the Kammerorchester Ricercare, broadcast by the Saarländischer Rundfunk. In 2010 his orchestral song-cycle Hermosura de Dios to words of St Teresa of Avila was premièred at the Zemplen Festival (Hungary) by mezzo-soprano Andrea Melath, conducted by Delta David Gier.
As a solo pianist and organist, he has been invited to give concerto performances (Händel, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninov …) and recitals in Britain, Austria (Wiener Stephansdom), Croatia, Denmark, France (Notre-Dame de Paris, Bourges and Chartres Cathedrals), Germany (Baden-Baden, Bayreuth, Bochumer Orgeltage, Hannover, Stuttgart), Holland, Italy (Arezzo, Chiusi, Padova, Ravenna, Udine), Poland, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and the USA. He has given masterclasses, conference papers and lectures with a particular focus on the relationship between music and theology in Britain (St Andrews University, Royal Musical Association), France (Institut Catholique de Paris), Sweden (Gothenburg Organ Art Academy), Croatia (Organnum Histriae) and the USA (Boston University, Carthage College, Calvin College, Southern Methodist University, Wheaton College).
From 2009 to 2013 Peter Bannister was SOLI DEO GLORIA Inc’s Associate Artistic Director and Composer-in-Association. He currently co-directs a project at the American Church in Paris under the auspices of the John Templeton Foundation Scientists in Congregations Ministry Initiative promoting dialogue in the relationship between science and faith.
For more information visit www.peterjohnbannister.com