Pete Wilson studied at Trinity College (London) and gained a First Class BA (Hons) in Music from University of York, followed by a DPhil on Charles Ives researched at Yale University (USA) in 1994. He began playing bass guitar for new classical music when, as a student, he was asked to become a founder member of both the Steve Martland Band and Icebreaker and has since played for Ensemble Modern with John Adams, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, American Composers Orchestra (Carnegie Hall) and in a BBC Prom (Royal Albert Hall). He has commissioned and performed a bass guitar concerto by composer Colin Riley..
He has worked with dance companies including London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Rambert and The Royal Ballet. His many orchestral and ensemble credits encompass Ensemble Modern, BBC Symphony Orchestra and a BBC Prom with John Harle.
He has also played bass for dance companies that include The Royal Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Scottish Ballet, Random Dance and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company.
Pop credits include Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Melanie C and Rufus Wainwright; but playing Sir Paul McCartney’s violin bass in Abbey Road Studio 2 in front of the man himself probably eclipses all the rest.
Pete has taught at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Dartington College of Arts, University of York and headed the BA (Hons) programme at Brighton Institute of Modern Music from its inception in 2003. He is currently a lecturer at Southampton Solent University, as well as an external examiner for University College Cork and University of Central England (UCE Birmingham).