British conductor and violinist Peter Manning is Concert Master with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, a position he has held since joining the Orchestra in 1999. Additional solo work at the Royal Opera House includes appearing in Kafka Fragments in the Linbury Studio Theatre.
Manning attended Chetham's School of Music and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Yossi Zivoni and with Josef Gingold and Nathan Milstein at Indiana University. In 1983 he was appointed leader of the London Philharmonic Orchestra by Georg Solti. He was leader of the internationally renowned Britten Quartet 1986–96 and led the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1997–9. His repertory includes all the major works, and he is active in the commissioning of new works. He has worked with many leading composers including Lutosławski, Henze, Tippett and Britten. He appears internationally as a conductor and is Music Director of Musica Vitae Chamber Orchestra, Sweden, and Artistic Director of the Manning Camerata. His work with Musica Vitae was featured in the 2010 documentary Manning the Baton.
Manning was appointed Professor of New Work at Edinburgh University and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2013. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Northern College of Music and is an honourary member of the Royal College of Music.