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Second Violin

Violinist Peter Clark was honoured to join the NZSQ in 2024. Prior to his appointment, Peter divided his time between New York City and Australia, combining his passions for chamber music, directing orchestras, and advocating for the central role of music in society.

Peter came to the NZSQ from his tenure as Principal Violin of Omega Ensemble, widely regarded as “Australia’s most exciting and forward-thinking chamber music ensemble” (Limelight Magazine). Positions previously held include first violinist of the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Inspire Quartet, and core member of Melbourne’s Inventi Ensemble.

As concertmaster, Peter has performed with New Zealand Opera, Sydney hamber Opera, Victoria Opera, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Darwin Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra Wellington. He has appeared as Associate Concertmaster of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Second of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Dublin. He has toured with the Australian World Orchestra, and his first performance in Carnegie Hall was with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, at the age of twenty.

Peter is passionate about the intersection of the highest artistry with music’s potential as a force for good. His commitment to arts access has led him to perform in more than 130 regional towns and cities across Australia, as well as to develop a beloved music program at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital, through his work as leader of the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Inspire Quartet.

In the field of musical advocacy and education, Peter has developed a reputation as one of Australia’s most sought-after speakers, presenting for ensembles and orchestras around the world, with audiences ranging from young school students, through to Australian Prime Ministers. His recent work includes delivering the late Richard Gill’s 2023 Voyage of Musical Discovery series in concerts all across

Peter’s research on social innovation and cohesion through music is generously supported by Judith Neilson AM, and the General Sir John Monash Foundation. He has also completed an MBA in Arts Innovation, with the generous support of the American Australian Association.


Peter plays a 1784 Lorenzo Storioni violin, kindly loaned by Mr David Duncan Craig, as trustee of the Lily Duncan Trust.

Find out more about his instrument here.

Helene Pohl

Violin I

Gillian Ansell


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