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Peter Handsworth began his formal studies in clarinet with David Shepherd at the Elder Conservatorium. As a recipient of a QEII Silver Jubilee Trust Award and ABC Young Performers Award he undertook postgraduate studies with Professor Wolfgang Meyer at the renowned Hochschule für Musik in Karlsuhe, Germany. This was the beginning of a successful international performing career that has taken him to all parts of the world.

Peter Handsworth has been invited to perform and teach at numerous international music festivals including Lochenhaus, Schleswig Holstein, Weimar festivals and the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific.
He has recorded widely, including an EMI Classics recording “Blues for Sabine’ with Sabine Meyer and Eddie Daniels and two new music CDs with the MOVE label. He has been recorded by the South German and Bavarian Radio and is a regular contributor to the ABC recording archives. Peter Handsworth is a strong advocate of new music and is a core member of the Soundstream Collective, a progressive contemporary music ensemble based at The University of Adelaide.

Following the appointment as Professor in Clarinet at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, Germany, Peter Handsworth became Senior Lecturer in Woodwind and subsequently Head of the School of Music at Monash University in Melbourne. A Board of the Australian Youth Orchestra from 2003-2008, Peter Handsworth currently teaches clarinet and chamber music at the Elder Conservatorium.

Peter Handsworth has held the position of Principal Clarinet in orchestras in Germany and Spain, including the Württembürgische Kammerorchester and the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, and as guest principal in a number of Australian orchestras.

As the newly appointed inaugural conductor of the Adelaide Wind Orchestra and conductor of The Adelaide Youth Orchestra's Adelaide Youth Sinfonia, Peter Handsworth has also conducted the SL Wind Orchestra in Stockholm, the Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra and directed the Monash Chamber Orchestra and Monash Wind Symphony. As a keenly motivated educator he has conducted at the South Australian State Music Camp and has appeared previously as a guest conductor with the Adelaide Youth Orchestra.