Peter is Principal Clarinet of the Opera Australia Orchestra and is a Lecturer in Clarinet at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music
One of Australia’s most versatile clarinettists, Peter Jenkin began his professional career at nineteen when he became Principal Clarinet with the State Opera of South Australia. After completing a music degree at Adelaide University, he continued his studies in London. He has performed with the London Sinfonietta, the Nash Ensemble, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and L’Orchestre de L’Opéra de L’yon. He has also been a guest Principal Clarinet with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions.
Since 1985 he has been based in Sydney. An active advocate of new music Peter Jenkin was a co-founder of the Sydney Alpha Ensemble and is a member of the innovative austraLYSIS group.
In 1993 he toured Europe with the Alpha Centauri Ensemble under the direction of Roger Woodward performing Xenakis’s Echange for Solo Bass Clarinet and Ensemble culminating in a special homage to the work of Xenakis at La Scala Milan.
In his capacity as a solo clarinettist he has given numerous premieres of both solo and ensemble works. These include works by Ross Edwards, Elena Kats-Chernin, Richard Vella, Daryl Runswick and Roger Dean. In particular he has championed new Australian work.
He has been involved with Music Theatre through Calculated Risks Productions and has edited music of Margaret Sutherland (Currency Press). Recordings of his work are available on the Tall Poppies, Etcetera and ABC Classics labels with his imaginative and diverse first solo CD “A Day in the Life of a Clarinet” (Tall Poppies) receiving considerable critical acclaim.
In 2002 he was appointed to the position of Opera Australia’s Principal Clarinet by Music Director Simone Young a position he still currently occupies . Additionally he is on the staff of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music .