Welcome to the website of Peter Whelan
One of Europe’s leading exponents of historical and modern bassoon
Principal bassoonist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra since 2008, Peter was described by the Philadelphia Inquirer as ‘an absolute master of fleet facility with a solidly plush tone of wondrous immediacy’. He is in constant demand as a soloist and chamber musician and has received glowing responses from audiences and critics across the globe, including a Gramophone Award for his recording of Vivaldi bassoon concertos with La Serenissima in 2010.
Granted, no bassoonist could have been more persuasive than the lithe, lush-toned Peter Whelan. Emerging from a puff of smoke in costume, quiff and shades, he made the instrument squeal and swoon – and all this from a noted baroque specialist.
Gorgeous renditions of Vivaldi's bassoon concertos
Peter Whelan is a phenomenon on the baroque bassoon. The colour and lyricism he brings out of this difficult instrument compels a deep respect.
Absolute master of Fleet facility with a solidly plush tone of wondrous immediacy
The highlight of an evening of sparky and lively music-making which included the Four Seasons was Peter Whelan’s wonderfully agile handling of the almost cartoonishly vivacious Bassoon Concerto... a tour-de-force of wind playing if ever there was one.
Peter Whelan beguiles our senses with his mellifluous playing. Its outer movement require athleticism and Whelan qualifies for gold.
Held in the palm of the hall's clear acoustics, bassoonist Peter Whelan was particularly impressive
The real star is Peter Whelan's bassoon, burbling through its vast range with dancing precision, underpinning the quartets and shining in a C major concerto whose central Largo pits lyrical soloist against slashing string chords
Conjures a variety of colours and moods that any serious-minded artist can be proud of
Combining agility with lyricism and laid-back grace