Biography

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A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Peter O’Malley began studying cello at the age of seven. He currently studies with Damian Kremer of the Charleston Symphony and attends the Charleston County School of the Arts as a Senior, where he sits Principal in both the Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonietta. Peter was a founding member of the Phoebus Quartet, which participated in masterclasses with the Parker Quartet, Daniel Ching of the Miró Quartet, and Anthea Kreston, formerly of the Artemis Quartet. Peter has also played in masterclasses with Xavier Foley, Midori, and Dr. Melissa Kraut. He was the inaugural winner of the Emily Remington Music Scholarship, and has received additional scholarships from the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League and Charleston Music Club, and has played in the 2019-2022 South Carolina All State Programs. Additionally, Peter was named a Piccolo Spoleto “Rising Star” in 2021 and 2022. He attended Luzerne Music Center from 2016 to 2021, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in 2020 and 2021, the Castleman Quartet Program in 2022, and Ascent International Chamber Music Festival in 2022.

Outside of music, Peter also serves as the Editor-In-Chief for his high school's newspaper, Applause, the official publication of the Charleston County School of the Arts. To view the archive, visit soa-applause.com. Peter has written numerous articles, features, interviews, editorials, and reviews for the paper since April 2020, including interviews with Midori, Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson String Quartet and conductor Jonathon Heyward.

Solo repertoire

Bach Cello Suites No. 1-5, BWV 1007-1011

Beethoven Cello Sonata in A Major, Op. 69

Elgar Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85

Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major

Lalo Cello Concerto in D Minor, mvt. 1

Perkinson Lamentations for Solo Cello, mvt. 1: Fuguing Tune

Piazzolla Le Grand Tango

Popper High School of Cello Playing, Op. 73: #1-20, 26, 27, 32

Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor

Schubert Arpeggione Sonata, mvt. 1

principal cello solos

Shostakovich Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a; Charleston County School of the Arts Sinfonietta, 2022, 2023

Andrew Lloyd Webber The Phantom of the Opera; Charleston County School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, 2022

Claude-Michel Schönberg Les Miserables, Charleston County School of the Arts Sinfonietta, 2022

Rossini Guillaume Tell Overture; Charleston County School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, 2021

Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol; Luzerne Music Center Symphony Orchestra, 2021

Dvořák Symphony No. 9 “From the New World,” 2020

orchestra experience

Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra (Principal 2019-2022)

Charleston County School of the Arts Symphony (Principal 2021-2023; Section 2019-2020)

Charleston County School of the Arts Sinfonietta (Principal 2021-2023, Section 2020-2021)

College of Charleston Orchestra (Section 2022)

South Carolina All State Orchestra (Assistant Principal 2020, 2022; Section 2019, 2021)

Luzerne Music Center Orchestra (Principal 2019, 2021; Section 2016-2018

Chamber music performances

Chamber Music Charleston (CMC Two)

  • Beethoven String Quartet No. 4, Op. 18, mvt. 1

  • Beethoven String Sextet, arrangement of Symphony 6 “Pastorale,” mvt. 1

  • Boccherini String Quintet in C Major, complete

  • Dvořák Piano Trio “Dumky,” complete

  • Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia

  • Haydn String Quartet No. 62, Op. 76 No. 3 “Emperor,” complete

  • Mozart String Quartet No. 4, K. 157, complete

  • Puccini Crisantemi

  • Rachmaninov String Quartet, mvt. 1

  • Rossini Duo for Cello and Bass, complete

  • Schubert String Quintet in C Major, D. 956, mvt. 1

  • Charlton Singleton “Testimony”

  • Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence, mvt. 1

Castleman Quartet Program

  • Beethoven Cello Sonata in A Major, Op. 69, complete

  • Beethoven String Quartet  No. 10 in E-flat Major, Opus 74 “Harp,” complete

Ascent International Chamber Music Festival

  • Mozart String Quartet, K. 575, complete

Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival

  • Beethoven Clarinet Trio in B-Flat Major, Opus 11 “Gassenhauer,” complete

Luzerne Music Center

  • Hummel Piano Trio in F Major, mvt. 1

  • Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, mvt. 1