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Principal Fellow and Professor of Music, The University of Melbourne

Professor Peter Tregear is a graduate of the Universities of Cambridge and Melbourne, and a former Fellow and Lecturer in Music at Cambridge. Active internationally as a scholar and performer, he held the post of Executive Director of the Academy of Performing Arts, Monash University and more recently Professor and Head of the ANU School of Music from 2012–2015. Peter is a recipient of a number of awards, including the Charles Mackerras Conducting Scholarship, a 'Green Room' award for 'best conductor, opera', and a Medal of the Order of Australia. He is the co-founder of The Consort of Melbourne, and IOpera. Academic interests include Weimar Republic music history, Australian music history, contemporary cultural politics, and the idea of a university, and he is also a regular contributor to arts pages of The Australian Book Review. In 2020 Peter was appointed the inaugural Director of Little Hall and holds honorary professorships in music at the Universities of Melbourne and Adelaide.


  • 2018–present
    Honorary Principal Fellow, University of Melbourne
  • 2015–2017
    Fellow, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • 2012–2015
    Professor and Head of School, Australian National University
  • 2010–2012
    Executive Director , Monash University Academy of Performing Arts
  • 2009–2010
    Senior Advisor, Monash University
  • 2006–2008
    Dean, Trinity College, University of Melbourne
  • 2000–2006
    Fellow and Lecturer in Music, University of Cambridge


  • 2000 
    University of Melbourne, BA
  • 1999 
    University of Cambridge, PhD
  • 1994 
    University of Melbourne, MMus
  • 1992 
    University of Melbourne, BMus (Hons)


  • 2014
    Enlightenment or Entitlement: Reflections on Tertiary Music Education, Currency House
  • 2013
    Ernst Krenek and the Politics of Musical Style, Scarecrow Press
  • 2011
    Schoenberg, Satire and the Zeitoper, The Cambridge Companion to Schoenberg
  • 2011
    Anna Amalia: Erwin und Elmire (Critical Edition), Furore Verlag
  • 2010
    The Modern University and the Musical Mind: Sounding Out John Henry Newman, Mannix College
  • 2007
    For alle Menschen?: Classical Music and Remembrance after 9/11, Music in the Post-9/11 World
  • 2002
    The Ninth after 9/11, Beethoven Forum
  • 2001
    Fritz Hart and the ‘Celtic Twilight’ in Australia, he Literary Review
  • 1999
    Sounding Fascism: T. W. Adorno and the Political Susceptibility of Music, Renaissance and Modern Studies
  • 1997
    The Conservatorium of Music University of Melbourne: An Historical Essay to Mark its Centenary 1895-1995, Centre for Studies in Australian Music

Professional Memberships

  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Research Areas

  • Musicology And Ethnomusicology (190409)
  • Music Performance (190407)
  • Australian History (Excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander History) (210303)
  • Cultural Theory (200204)