Peter Holtslag

Peter Holtslag

Historical Performance


Visiting Professor of Recorder

Born in Amsterdam in 1957, Peter studied recorder at the Conservatorium of his native town, graduating ‘cum laude’ in 1980, his leading source of inspiration being Frans Brüggen. From then onwards he has toured worldwide as a recorder and transverse flute player.

A distinguished soloist and chamber musician, playing both early and contemporary music, he shared the concert platform with musicians such as Gustav Leonhardt, William Christie, Roy Goodman and ensembles such as The English Concert, The Orchestra of the 18th Century and Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. On his tours, he has recorded for radio stations all over the globe (ABC Sydney, National Radio USA, WDR Köln, NOS Holland, New Zealand Radio and BBC London). He has appeared at major festivals in many of the European cultural capitals including Amsterdam, Utrecht, London, Lisbon, Paris, Berlin and Copenhagen.

Peter has more than thirty CDrecordings on major labels such as Hyperion, DGG/Archiv, Chandos, Aeolus which have won international acclaim. From 1984 to 1988 he taught at the Guildhall School of Music in London and in 1988 he was appointed as professor to both the Royal Academy of Music and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. He was a guest lecturer at the City University London and held numerous international master classes all over the globe (Amsterdam, Berlin, Budapest, Cracow, Hong Kong, Lisbon, Prague, St. Petersburg and Helsinki). He teaches at the international summer course in Trondheim and is one of the founding members of the Academia de Musica Antiga de Lisboa — an institution holding international early music courses in Portugal. After 25 years of teaching at the Academy, he resigned there in 2013, to return only as a visiting professor. He was then appointed an Honorary Member. Meanwhile, he continues as a professor in Hamburg and is also guest professor at the Akademia Muzyczna w Krakowie.