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Peter Handsworth was awarded a first class Honours degree in 1987 after the completion of four years study at the Elder Conservatorium with David Shephard. Further postgraduate studies in Germany with Wolfgang Meyer saw the beginning of an extensive international career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player throughout Europe, Japan, Australia, South America and South East Asia.
Invitations to perform at numerous International Music Festivals including Lochenhaus and Schleswig-Holstein, numerous Radio and Television broadcasts in Europe and Australia, CD recordings and performances with such eminent artists as Sabine Meyer, Eddie Daniels, Isabelle van Keulen, Michael Ponti and the Wihan Quartet have been some of his career highlights.
Lecturer in Clarinet at the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music from 1994-96, he has more recently held the position of Acting Professor for Clarinet in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Having returned to Australia in 2000 from Europe, until very recently Peter Handsworth held the position of Head of School at Monash University's School of Music Conservatorium and Musical Director of the Monash Wind Symphony. He has recently been appointed to the position of CEO of Reeds Australia.
Peter first worked with the Zelman Symphony on 24 November 2000, performing Weber's Clarinet Concerto No.1 in F minor, Opus 73, and Debussy's Premier Rhapsodie for Clarinet & Orchestra. He subsequently conducted the orchestra's final concert of each of the 2002, 2003 and 2004 seasons.