Peter Wolf has been a cellist with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra since 1982 and has also acted as its conductor on a tour of China as well as in several concerts in Austria and abroad. He has often taken on the task of assistant to the principal conductors Pinchas Steinberg and Dennis Russell Davies. In addition, he has worked as co-conductor at the Salzburg Festival and the festivals Steirischer Herbst and Wien Modern.
As a cellist he won second prize at the Concertino Praga international radio competition at the age of 15 and first prize in the Jugend musiziert competition in Leoben.
For ten years he played concerts with his brothers Reinhold, Markus and Thomas as the Wolf-Trio.
He gained his first experience of orchestral playing as first solo cellist in the Österreichisches Bundesjugendorchester and as solo cellist in the Vienna Chamber Orchestra from 1979 to 1982.
Born into a Viennese family of musicians, Peter Wolf initially completed a training course in cello with Heidi Litschauer at the Mozarteum Salzburg before studying conducting with Otmar Suitner at Vienna University of Music.
His conducting debut with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra at the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Linz Brucknerhaus was followed by the chamber opera production of The Marriage of Figaro in the Schlosstheater Schönbrunn in Vienna with Ildikó Raimondi and Wolfgang Bankl , and by gala opera concerts with Gabriele Lechner, Ilona Tokody and Georg Tichy.
In Johann Strauss year 1999 his CD recording of the composer’s waltz Tales from the Vienna Woods and the Tritsch -Tratsch-Polka with the
ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra was highly acclaimed as the official gift presented at all major events staged by the City of Vienna.
As guest conductor he has worked with the Orchestra of the Budapest Opera, prominent South American ensembles (including the Orquesta Filarmónica Nacional de Caracas), the Viennese ensemble for contemporary music “die reihe” and many others.
2005 to 2018 he was conductor and artistic director of the Jugendsinfonieorchester Wien – wJso and the Jugendkammerorchester of the Vienna conservatory, Camerata Con Brio. In the years prior to these appointments, educational work with young people in the youth orchestra of the “Jeunesse” music camp for children in the district of Graz-Umgebung had been an important part of his musical activities.
Radio and CD recordings as both a conductor and a cellist are ample evidence of this musician’s versatility.