Pieter Schoeman - Leader
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Born in South Africa, Pieter made his solo debut aged 10 with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra. Having studied with Jack de Wet in South Africa, he won numerous competitions including the 1984 World Youth Concerto Competition in the USA.
Winning the Heifetz Chair of Music scholarship in 1987 to study with Eduard Schmieder in Los Angeles, his talent was spotted by Pinchas Zukerman, who recommended that he move to New York to study with Sylvia Rosenberg, whose teaching assistant he became in 1994 at Indiana University, Bloomington.
A soloist and recitalist in such famous halls as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Moscow’s Rachmaninov Hall, Capella Hall in St Petersburg, Staatsbibliothek in Berlin, Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, London performs globally to critical acclaim. As a chamber musician he regularly performs at London’s prestigious Wigmore Hall.
Pieter has performed and recorded regularly as a soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, including in Arvo Pärt’s Double Concerto with Boris Garlitsky, Brahms’s Double Concerto with Kristina Blaumane, and Britten’s Double Concerto with Alexander Zemtsov, which was recorded and released on the Orchestra’s own record label to great critical acclaim. His solos can be heard on numerous recordings with the London Philharmonic Orchestra for Chandos, Opera Rara, Naxos, X5, the BBC and for American film and television, and led the Orchestra in its soundtrack recordings for The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
In 1995 Pieter became Co-Leader of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice. Since then he has appeared frequently as Guest Leader with the Barcelona, Bordeaux, Lyon, Baltimore and BBC symphony orchestras, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
Appointed as Co-Leader of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2002, Pieter became the Leader in 2008. He is a Professor of Violin at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.