Peter Thomas is a New Zealand based conductor and music educator. He is the Music Director and conductor of the Auckland Symphony Orchestra and Head of Music at Epsom Girls Grammar School. Peter has conducted many orchestras, including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Auckland Youth Orchestra and West Michigan University Orchestra, either during master classes or as a guest conductor. Though his repertoire is broad, he feels a particular affinity with Romantic and 20th century works and is particularly passionate about performing new music.
Peter graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Auckland sometime last century. As a music educator he inspires his students to strive for excellence, but have fun while doing it - a philosophy which he extends to many other walks of life. His other activities include contract work for NZQA, occasional radio and TV appearances, and being Chairman of the Board of Trustees at his kids’ school. He lives on the North Shore with his wife Lucy and their six children.