Petr Wagner · viola da gamba

Born in Prague, Petr Wagner studied cello at the Prague Conservatory with Josef Chuchro. This was followed by studies in musicology at Charles University in Prague and at Royal Holloway University in London. There he was introduced to the viola da gamba by Richard Boothby, later continuing with Jaap ter Linden at the Academy for Ancient Music Dresden.

After having completed his studies in Dresden, Petr was invited to study with Wieland Kuijken at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague where he received the Uitvoerend Musicus solo diploma.

As a soloist and chamber player, Petr has appeared at numerous European festivals, as well as in other parts of the world – Israel, Japan, Mexico.

In 1998 Petr Wagner founded Ensemble Tourbillon with internationally acclaimed musicians. Its core activities focus on 17th and 18th-century repertoire with music by Couperin, Bach, Marais, Rebel, Purcell, Finger, Fischer and Handel.

Petr regularly records and broadcasts for the BBC, Polish Radio, Czech Radio and Czech TV. He has appeared on nearly 40 CDs as a soloist or chamber musician. His solo CDs with music by Charles Dollé (Dorian Recordings, 2003) and by Gottfried Finger (Arta, 2006) have won enthusiastic reviews and reception world-wide.

In 2011, Petr Wagner’s world premiere recording of Roland Marais’ Pièces de Viole was released by ACCENT label and immediately received very warm acceptance world-wide. A new CD “Gottfried Finger: The Complete Music for Viola da Gamba Solo” with Petr and his Ensemble Tourbillon was released by ACCENT in 2012.

In addition to his performing career, Petr devotes his time to teaching viola da gamba at the Brno Masaryk University and Lidzbark Warmiski Early Music Summer School, and giving masterclasses in Prague, Düsseldorf and Moscow.