Pieter Schoeman - Leader

First Violin (Leader)

Pieter Schoeman

Joined the LPO in 2002

Chair supported by Neil Westreich

Pieter Schoeman was appointed Leader of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008, having previously been Co-Leader since 2002.

Born in South Africa, Pieter made his solo debut aged 10 with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra. Five years later, while studying with Jack de Wet, he won the World Youth Concerto Competition in Michigan. Aged 17, he moved to the US to further his studies in Los Angeles and Dallas. In 1991 his talent was spotted by Pinchas Zukerman who, after several consultations, recommended that he move to New York to study with Sylvia Rosenberg. 

Pieter has performed worldwide as a soloist and recitalist in such famous halls as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Moscow’s Rachmaninov Hall, Capella Hall in St Petersburg, Staatsbibliothek in Berlin, Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and London’s Royal Festival Hall. As a chamber musician he regularly appears at London’s prestigious Wigmore Hall. His chamber music partners have included Anne-Sophie Mutter, Veronika Eberle, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Boris Garlitsky, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Martin Helmchen and Julia Fischer.

Pieter has performed numerous times as a soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Highlights have included an appearance as both conductor and soloist in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at the Royal Festival Hall, the Brahms Double Concerto with Kristina Blaumane, and the Britten Double Concerto with Alexander Zemtsov, which was recorded and released on the LPO Label to great critical acclaim. He frequently records violin solos for film and television, and led the LPO in its soundtrack recordings for The Lord of the Rings trilogy, as well as The Hobbit and Eastern Promises among others. He also led the LPO in its recording of all the world’s national anthems for the London 2012 Olympics. 

Pieter has appeared as Guest Leader with the Barcelona, Bordeaux, Lyon, Baltimore and BBC symphony orchestras, and the Rotterdam and BBC Philharmonic orchestras. In April 2016 he was Guest Concertmaster with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra for Kurt Masur’s memorial concert. 

Pieter is a Professor of Violin at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London. He has given public masterclasses in Los Angeles, New York, Wrocław, Shanghai, Taipei and London. 

Pieter proudly plays strings by Thomastik-Infeld.