MusiciansPeter Gjelsten

Peter has been learning the violin since 2009. He learned through the Suzuki Method with Lynley Culliford until he graduated high school in 2020. He studied Classical Performance at the New Zealand School of Music under Monique Lapins, before moving to Melbourne to commence study at the Australian National Academy of Music. In 2023, Peter undertakes his first year at ANAM with Sophie Rowell.

Peter entered the NZCT Chamber Music competition for 5 years and won the First Prize award in 2019 (playing viola) and in 2020 (playing violin). He was coached by members of the New Zealand String Quartet in both these years.

Peter took part in the Adam Summer School in 2019-22, where in 2022 he was given a spot in the Troubador Quartet through to 2023. In late 2021, Peter won the NZSM and Wellington Youth Orchestra concerto competitions, where he was given the opportunity to perform the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with both of these orchestras. Peter also took part in the 2022 Whakatipu Music Festival where he enjoyed an intense week of chamber music and private lessons.

Peter has been playing in orchestras and ensembles since 2011 at Suzuki camps and workshops. From 2017 Peter played in the Wellington Youth Orchestra where he played as assistant concertmaster 2018-22.

Peter was accepted to NZ Secondary Schools Symphony Orchestra in 2019 as first violin, and 2020 as assistant concertmaster (which was sadly cancelled due to COVID-19 impacts).

He was also accepted into New Zealand National Youth Orchestra 2019-2022 in the first violin section, leading as Concertmaster in 2021 and 2022.

Peter regularly plays as a casual musician with Orchestra Wellington and the NZSO.

FROM: NZ / Aotearoa

Peter’s training at ANAM is supported by ANAM Syndicate donors Mark Debeljak and Daniel Lehrer. 

Photo by Pia Johnson. 

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