|Chris Petrie is a young Welsh composer who is carving an exhilarating compositional career. His music has been described as '...haunting, pulsing and primal...' by BBC Radio 3 presenter, Max Reinhardt, and 'very impressive' by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. |
Throughout 2010-11, Chris has worked with some of the UK’s most exciting ensembles including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Tonkuenstler Orchestra (Austria), Southbank Sinfonia, Azalea Ensemble, Chroma, National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales and London Sinfonietta. Recently, Chris had his debut at the Royal Albert Hall in November after being commissioned to write an explosive new work for 800 youth musicians positioned all around the space – including a youth chorus of over 400 singers. Rehearsals of this work were featured on a TV program on the Welsh channel S4C. Chris also recently wrote a work, entitled ‘Caneuon Cymru’ for the Lunar Saxophone Quartet, which has been released on CD through Signum Records and has toured the UK and has since been broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Chris Petrie has been awarded a BMus (Hons) degree in Composition of Music from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama after studying with Peter Reynolds. Chris then went on to complete a Masters Degree in composition at the Royal Academy of Music, London. His tutors at the RAM have included Simon Bainbridge, Philip Cashian and Christopher Austin as well as tuition from Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.
Engagements in 2011 included performances in St. David’s Hall, Cardiff, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall as part of MFY’s National Festival, Kings Place in London and a sencond performance in the Royal Albert Hall. In August Chris conducted the Tonkunstler Orchestra in the premiere performance of his composition, Exo 2, in Grafenegg, near Vienna. In September Chris had his latest work 'Invisible Cities' performed by the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra. Lastly, in October and November, a number of Chris's compositions were toured to Kings Place, London and the Dora Stoutzker Hall, Cardiff.