Peter Thomas is the Music Director and conductor of the Auckland Symphony Orchestra. He has worked with numerous other orchestras around New Zealand and Australia including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Wellington, Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra, Auckland Youth Orchestra, St Matthew's Chamber Orchestra, and Devonport Chamber Orchestra. Though his repertoire is broad, he feels a particular affinity with Romantic and 20th century works and is passionate about performing new NZ music. He has commissioned numerous Kiwi composers and has conducted over 30 premiers. Peter has worked with artists including Simon O'Neill, Jenny B. Flavio Villani, Helen Medlyn, Suzy Lynch, Tina Cross, Benson Wilson, Will Martin, Amalia Hall and many more. Peter graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Auckland some time last century and is a former Head of Music at both Selwyn College and Epsom Girls Grammar School. As a conductor, he inspires musicians to strive for excellence, but to have fun while doing it - a philosophy which he extends to many other walks of life. His current projects include ongoing work with Synthony, a concert series of film music, music director for the Universe Choir project, and continually striving to make orchestras a vital part of our existence.