Next Wave 2
Higher Education Artist Development Project

Peter Wilson composerPeter Wilson

Peter Wilson grew up near the Dandenong Ranges in Australia. He studied dance at The Australian Ballet School, then Composition at the Royal College of Music. Peter has worked internationally as a dancer, and now practices as a composer for concert hall, theatre, art installations, and dance. In addition to composing for Lore Lixenberg and the Royal Northern Sinfonia for ‘Next Wave 2’, he has worked collaboratively with Peter Neville and Richard Haynes (ELISION), The Australian Ballet dancers, Gildas Quartet, and Kaldor Public Arts.


His works are characteristically intricate and hyper-gestural, and are often driven, on some level, by a choreographic idea. He was described recently as “having a willingness to engage with strange details” – a diagnosis Peter quite enjoyed.


In addition, Peter has worked as a choreographer. His full-length choreography Scribe was performed by 22 young dancers in rural Queensland, and has since been presented at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts.


Peter says:

"This project is the perfect ‘goodybag’ of opportunities for emerging composers such as myself. The opportunity to collaborate with highly acclaimed musicians committed to performing my scores.The chance to receive feedback on my ideas from an established composer mentor. Then, at the end of the process: to present my work to the public and to participate in the NMC album release. Woah!"