Magazine article Musical Times

In Memoriam: Peter Pettinger

Magazine article Musical Times

In Memoriam: Peter Pettinger

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Peter Pettinger will be remembered for a variety of achievements by those who knew him: as a founder member of the International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cover, in 1972; as a jazz enthusiast whose lifelong interest led him to write a biography of one of his favourite musicians and greatest influences, the pianist Bill Evans (see p.47); as an accompanist to violinists Sandor Vegh and Nigel Kennedy, and to cellists Steven Isserlis and Julian Lloyd-Webber; and as gifted tutor and coach for young musicians of many nationalities at the ISM, the Royal Academy of Music, Toho University in Tokyo, the Dartington Summer School of Music and, in recent years, at the University of Cambridge.

A keen pianist since the age of seven, Pettinger at first wished to emulate the piano playing of his father, a railway draughtsman who designed rails and never gave a concert in his life, but who daily sight-read the classical repertoire for pleasure. An early education at the King's School Peterborough was followed by training at the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied the piano with Vivian Langrish and composition with Hugh Wood.

Pettinger the composer took second place to Pettinger the teacher and performer. …

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