Peter Quantrill

Peter Quantrill writer

I’ve worked in the classical music industry for 20 years, as a writer, editor, project manager and leader.

Presently I write for Gramophone, The Strad, the Wagner Journal, The Arts and, among others.

Read all my Amati magazine reviews here

Read all my work for The Arts Desk here

Read all my Sinfini Music reviews here

Follow this blog to keep up to date, and follow me on Twitter here.

Clients have included EMI, Warner Classics, Deutsche Grammophon, The Times, The Guardian, BBC Radio 3, the BBC Proms, The Tablet, the Catholic Herald, the Salzburg Festival, the London Chamber Orchestra and many other media organisations, record companies and music promoters.

I recently produced the programme for ‘It’s All About Piano’, a festival held at the Institut Français in South Kensington and Kings Place, London. Let me know if you’d like me to send you a copy.

If you’re looking for help with a music project – ideas, writing, editing, commissioning, translating – get in touch!

7 thoughts on “Peter Quantrill

  1. Dear Mr Quantrill

    I am approaching you since you are in charge of the web site of Christoph von Dohnányi.

    I have two questions regarding Christoph von Dohnányi.

    In 1965-1967, I was a member of the childrens’ choir at Staatstheater Kassel and had the privilege to sing with Maestro von Dohnányi. From those days, I still have signed copies of the lyrics of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov (German debut performance) and “Carmen” with all members of the cast. I also possess some stage photographs of Boris Godunov, Henze’s Der junge Lord, and Carmen. If you would like to use them for his home page I would be happy to share them with you.

    I now work as a sculptor (, and for my upcoming project I am casting a series of hand- and arm casts of prominent musicians. I would very much like to make a bronze cast of Maestro von Dohnányi’s hands. This would take, everything included, maximum two hours of his time. Do you think you could ask him about this and arrange an appointment?

    Best regards

    Claudia Guderian

    Dr. Claudia Guderian
    Ahlfeld 47
    D-22415 Hamburg

    T +49 40 5 32 46 81
    T +49 1 77 2 46 75 47

  2. Dear Mr. Quantrill,

    Thank you for your wonderful online-review of our Myaskovsky. Dialogues Festival’s First Night concert!
    We have been honored to have you as our guest.
    The Festival that gave us an opportunity to hear live performance of some of the Myaskovsky’s finest works, including his Symphonies nos 6 and 17, String Quartet no. 13, Cello Concerto, piano sonatas and vocal works, was a landmark event not only for the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic and its musicians & audiences, but for the Russian musical community as a whole, and we dare hoping – for the global one as well. We are convinced the music of Nikolai Myaskovsky will be re-discovered and appreciated by the music lovers around the world, and we thank you for you invaluable input in making this happen!

    Sverdlovsk Philharmonic (Yekaterinburg, Russia)
    Ural Philharmonic Orchestra
    Ural Youth Symphony Orchestra
    Yekaterinburg Philharmonic Choir

  3. Dear Mr Quantrill

    I’m a freelance proofreader & I’m looking to expand my client base.
    I have worked as a freelance for the BRF & I have an extensive knowledge
    of classical music, having done a music degree.
    Can you help with any leads please?



  4. Dear Peter Quantrill
    Re your piece about Simon Rattle in the Gramophone for September 2018. Harold Pinter didn’t actually say ‘Our beginnings never know our endings’ in his Nobel acceptance speech (though he is sometimes misquoted as saying that). He said ‘Our beginnings never know our ends’ – but that wasn’t his ‘apercu’! I think he was quoting T. S. Eliot, ‘Portrait of a Lady’, part III: ‘(But our beginnings never know our ends!)’ . . .
    John Worthen

  5. Dear Peter,
    The Rossini 2016 Young Artists’ Opera Festival is performing a wonderful “Barber of Seville” set in the Italy of the 1950s this Monday 12 September at Cadogan Hall. The performances features the rising stars of opera, including a 23-year-old Italian tenor whom many consider to be the next great bel canto singer. We would be really honoured and grateful if you were able to attend a write a review about us – might you be free to do so?
    Thank you very much indeed!
    With best wishes,
    Gaetano Lo Coco
    Music Director

  6. Hello Peter.
    I saw your piece in the new Gramophone on Satie celebrating his 150th year. A few years ago I wrote a play entitled “Satie et Cocteau: A Rehearsal of a Play of a Composer by a Poet”. This month it had its US premiere in Chicago, after a one night show in 2012 for a music festival in Calgary, Alberta.
    I was wondering if you might be interested in having a read? It has had some success, but it’s a play that needs a larger audience.

    Robert Orledge, a Satie scholar and composer, who has written two books about Satie (Satie Remembered and Satie the Composer), who also gave me some guidance in the development stage, says the play is: “..A truly excellent piece of theatre which deals convincingly and imaginatively with one of the most fraught love-hate relationships in modern French art. It has real depth and excellent dramatic pacing and is a work of art in itself”.

    Thank you for your time.
    Mike Czuba.

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