Peter Fagerlind


Introducing our next Spotlight Artist - Peter Fagerlind. As well as being a busy freelance pianist, Peter also sits on the Trustee Board for Classical Sheffield. His busy social calendar usually includes music, and he has also been an invaluable member of our volunteer teams. Let's get to know Peter better...

How long have you been playing the piano, and why did you choose this instrument?

I have been playing the piano since I was seven years old - i.e. 43 years! My parents originally wanted to arrange guitar lessons for me but were unable to find a local guitar teacher on the Northern Beaches of Sydney at the time. (I grew up in Sydney and moved to Sheffield in 2000 to live with my husband Malcolm Holmes).

They were however able to find a piano teacher and my love of playing the piano and piano music began.

What's your most memorable musical experience?

My most memorable musical experience began when I entered an online music competition that I found in Pianist Magazine in 2016. I had to submit a video of me playing the piano. A jury of music experts including the Head of Marketing at Chandos Records and the Editor of Pianist Magazine then selected ten pianists from all around the UK.

I was lucky enough to be one of the ten pianists chosen. We were all invited to play a Steinway grand piano at a special concert at the Institut Francais in South Kensington, London as part of the It's All About Piano weekend festival in March 2016.

It was an incredible experience to play a Steinway at this concert as well as hearing the other pianists. I got some great feedback from the audience as well as from Erica Worth, editor of Pianist Magazine with whom I have now become friends. Julien Trevelyan, award winning concert pianist also played a short recital at the end of the special concert

Do you have a favourite composer? If so who and why?

I don't really have a favourite composer. I always play music that enthuses and inspires me. My varied repertoire ranges from Bach to Bacharach and I tailor my music to the audience and venue. I am particularly passionate about bringing "classical" music to younger audiences.

Playing the piano can be quite a solitary activity - do you have any advice on how to meet and play with like-minded people?

I would highly recommend joining a piano club. It's great to meet fellow pianists, play in front of them and get constructive criticism. I also belong to a community choir which is a lovely way of meeting new people and making new friends.
Quite a few members of the choir regularly attend my piano concerts as well.

What’s your favourite music venue in Sheffield and why?

I don't really have a favourite music venue in Sheffield. I love playing the piano in intimate and quirky venues like Virgin Money Lounge and Rileys & Co as well as more traditional venues.

What is your favourite piece to perform and why?

My favourite piece can vary, but at the moment it is definitely I giorni ('The days') by Ludovico Einaudi. His music really seems to move and connect with people.

In your opinion, which other ensemble/musician in Sheffield is doing great things?

I think Opera On Location with their innovative productions and choices of unusual venues are making big inroads into making opera more popular.

You can find out more about Opera on Location here:

Sell your next concert to us in one sentence!

At the moment I am negotiating with various venues around Sheffield to perform classical piano music and popular 60s songs/pop songs under my drag alter ego Petals Petrovsky, following some successful performances so far this year.

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