The timeline shows some key events in Peter Manning’s musical career.


Debut at the free trade hall

Growing up in Manchester, ten-year-old Peter Manning made his debut at the Free Trade Hall, and won all the national junior competitions available to a string player, as well as appearing on television.



Like Jacqueline du Pré before him, Peter won the Competition Gold Medal and First Prize at the Royal Over-Seas League Competition.


Professor of violin

Appointed as the youngest-ever professor of violin at the Royal Northern College of Music, going on to make his official debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra in a live broadcast from the Royal Festival Hall. Seen above with Dame Eva Turner.

1984 - 1986
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Appointed by Sir Georg Solti, as leader of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the world’s finest symphony orchestras. Whilst leading the LPO they recorded the album ‘Elgar: Violin Concerto / Introduction & Allegro’ with Vernon Handley.

1986 – 1996
Britten string quartet

Founded the Britten String Quartet. Signed to EMI Records, the quartet toured all over the world, performing in all the major concert halls and international music festivals.

They were one of the most recorded quartets of their generation, with an award winning discography of some 23 discs.


1997 – 2000

Became leader of The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1997 with Danielle Gatti and together they helped to reposition the orchestra.

1999 - 2018
Royal Opera House

Appointed Concertmaster with the Orchestra of The Royal Opera House, a position Peter held since he joined the orchestra in 1999.


2005 – Present
Manning camerata

Founded by Peter as his own arts think-tank / orchestra, Manning Camerata works to create a wider dialogue around the arts in the UK and Europe. They put collaboration at the heart of their vision.


Manning Camerata gave the first ever performance under the Pyramid of the Louvre in Paris.

FIRST Opera in Shakespeare's Globe

Manning Camerata produced and performed the first opera in Shakespeare’s Globe, in association with Nobel Prize winning poet Seamus Heaney.

2008 - 2011
Musica Vitae

Appointed music director of Sweden’s oldest established chamber orchestra Musica Vitae for three successful seasons, winning back for them a national radio contract.


Manning the Baton

Peter was the subject of an awardwinning documentary entitled Manning the Baton, an intimate look at his work with the musicians of Musica Vitae. See video

Professor of New Work

Appointed as joint Professor between Glasgow’s Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the University of Edinburgh; the idea being to populate the Edinburgh fringe with new work based on arts collaborations.

Commonwealth Games Concerto

Conducting for the ‘Concerto for the Commonwealth’ with violinist Nicola Benedetti.

The heavenly view: Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Peter’s festival Oxygen had its second successful year in Edinburgh in 2014 to great acclaim, and is developing strong partnerships in Scotland and elsewhere for Scottish arts. ‘The Heavenly View’ performance was part of the Oxygen 2014 series and was based upon Mahler’s 4th Symphony.

St Paul's Charity Event

Music Director for St Paul’s annual charity event. Conducting for mezzosoprano Dame Ann Murray and tenor Toby Spence, in front of an audience of 2500 people, including Gwendoline Christie from Game of Thrones, and Amadeus star Simon Callow. Also in attendance was Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall.

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Recorded Gustav Mahler’s 4th Symphony in the Glasgow concert hall with students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, which was released on the Nimbus in 2015.

Dallas Opera Guest Conductor

Appointed as Guest Concertmaster and Guest Conductor for the Dallas Opera landmark 2015-2016 Season. Beginning in the fall 2015 with the revival of one of the Dallas Opera’s most beautiful productions: Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca.

Music Director of the Mozart Kinderorchester Salzburg

Appointed as Music Director of the Mozart Children's Orchestra, an ensemble of young musicians aged 7 - 12 from the music schools in Salzburg and Bavaria. Every year the Mozart Children's Orchestra performs as part of Mozart Week, a festival hosted by the Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg.

Artistic Director of the Three Palaces Music Festival

Appointed as Artistic Director of the Three Palaces Music Festival in Malta. Peter is set to curate an inspiring selection of musicians in celebration of the deep artistic character of Malta. Presenting a wide variety of music that features local and international artists.

Malta Philharmonic Orchestra Debut

Conductor of the prestigious Malta Philharmonic Orchestra for a performance of Mozart's Great C minor Mass (K427) for Choir and Orchestra in the Metropolitain Cathedral of St Paul, Malta.