New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Violist Peter Barber has Died, Aged 64

(Photograph credit score: Stephen A’Courtroom)


The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) has introduced the sudden dying of its Assistant Sub-Principal Emeritus Viola, Peter Barber. Described as “passionate and unwaveringly constructive in each facet of his life”, Barber shall be profoundly missed by the orchestra’s gamers.

Barber obtained his early musical coaching from the famend New Zealand violin and viola instructor Zillah Fort. After taking part in within the orchestra at Wellington School and spending a stint within the NZSO Nationwide Youth Orchestra, he joined Schola Musica (the NZSO’s then-training scheme) in 1975. He was to remain till his dying, accruing 47 years of service to the ensemble.

He supplemented his work within the orchestra with chamber music — performing within the New Zealand String Quartet, New Zealand Soloists, Nevine String Quartet, and Amazon Trio — in addition to educating on the New Zealand College of Music.

Alongside the viola, Barber liked choral singing and often appeared in native choirs corresponding to Cantoris, Bel Canto, and Nota Bene. A lover of the outside, he spent a lot of his free time mountaineering. He was additionally a passionate learner of languages and labored on Mandarin, German, and latterly Te Reo Māori — New Zealand’s indigenous language.

“The job is excellent from a household perspective,” Barber mentioned of his work in a 1996 interview. “It’s one thing you possibly can share with the kids due to the hours, and music’s a way more wholesome exercise than many different professions or occupations, though the youngsters could get sick of listening to me sawing away for hours at a time.”

He’s survived by his spouse Mary, their kids Jacqui, James, and Felix, and grandchildren Alfie and Florrie. Our condolences to Barber’s household, pals, and colleagues.

Barber was a champion of New Zealand music, and made a number of recordings of works by New Zealand composers. Beneath you possibly can hear Barber and his pianist sister Mary Barber performing choices from Douglas Lilburn’s Salutes to Seven Poets, in a viola-piano association by Donald Maurice.