Peter Dixon

Tutor in Cello


Peter Dixon is a Tutor in Cello at the RNCM. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music with David Strange, made his Purcell Room début in 1981 and in 1984 joined the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Two years later he was appointed Associate Principal, a post he held until 1990 when he joined the BBC Philharmonic as Principal Cello.

In 1991 he made his début as soloist at the Royal Festival Hall playing the Walton cello concerto. He has made several CDs with the BBC Philharmonic since then, including the first ever CD of Korngold’s Cello Concerto. Also in his discography are Frank Martin’s Ballade for Cello and Orchestra recorded with the London Philharmonic, Fauré’s Elegie with Yan Pascal Tortelier and Gliere’s Ballade for Cello and Orchestra as well as some solos on Tortelier’s French Bonbons album. Peter has also recorded James Macmillan’s Cello Concerto for Radio 3, conducted by the composer, and in 2000 performed Elgar’s Cello Concerto live on the same station from City Hall Sheffield.

In 2003 Peter was invited to Japan to give the world première of the Yoshimatsu concerto, a piece the composer wrote for him with the Kansai Philharmonic of Osaka and the Japan Philharmonic of Tokyo conducted by Sachio Fujioka. He later recorded this piece with the BBC Philharmonic on the Chandos label.

In 2005 he was awarded with the honour of Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.