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Peter Gregson

Instrument: Cello | AMT Products Used: S18C

“Using the S18C is an absolute delight – so many cello mics try to be clever and Improve Your Sound, but actually, I spend enough time trying to do that! This mic is different, it doesn’t colour the sound – it simply bumps the volume up a bit so it can fit in the mix between, without sounding like a bee buzzing inside a goldfish bowl! In my line of work, using a lot of live technology, complex effects and live multichannel works, it’s an absolute Godsend to finally have a mic that does what it should do. I look forward to many more live shows with it in the coming years! ” – Peter Gregson

Born in Edinburgh in 1987, Peter Gregson is a cellist and composer working at the forefront of the new music scene. He is developing as one of the most versatile and innovative performers of the solo cello repertoire, with over a hundred performances across Europe and the US under his belt and with further invitations from collaborators and institutions around the world, Gregson is not only in demand for his musical and technological interpretations, but also as a speaker at conferences on topics ranging from innovation in the arts to digital culture.

He collaborates with many of the world’s leading technologists, including Microsoft Labs, UnitedVisualArtists and the MIT Media Lab to create immersive musical environments, but it is always the music that comes first, and to this end, Peter has premiered over forty new works to date, including works by Tod Machover, Daníel Bjarnason, Joby Talbot, Gabriel Prokofiev, Max Richter, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Steve Reich, Martin Suckling, Milton Mermikides, Howard Goodall, John Metcalfe, Scott Walker, Sally Beamish and others.

His debut solo album, ‘Terminal’, was commissioned by Bowers & Wilkins and Real World. It was launched in April 2010 with shows at The Hospital Club London, The LAB Gallery NYC and Twitter HQ in San Francisco and was met with critical acclaim. A limited edition 10′′ vinyl was commissioned by Mute in May 2011, featuring new solo works for Peter written by Max Richter and Jóhann Jóhannsson and was released at Mute’s ‘Short Circuit’ Festival at The Roundhouse. October 2011 sees the release of his recording of Gabriel Prokofiev’s new Cello Suite on the Nonclassical label, and Peter is also working on his second solo album for release later in the year.

Performance highlights for 2010/11 include the MIT Media Lab, The Roundhouse London, The Future Gallery London, The 92nd St Y NYC, The Lab Gallery NYC, The Queen’s Hall Edinburgh, An Tobar, Le Poisson Rouge NYC, Faster than Sound, Excite! Turin, TED Music, Aldeburgh Music, Ingleby Gallery, Oran Mor, TEDxAlcatraz, Kings Place London, Cross-Linx Holland, LSO St Luke’s, Jordan Hall Boston, as well as appearances at Short Circuit, Latitude, Spitalfields Festivals.

Peter Gregson plays a Colin Irving acoustic cello and a custom five string Eric Jensen electric cello. He is an Eventide Artist and an Apogee Electronics Artist. His music is published Mute Song and he is represented by Lumin.

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