Acting Diretor, McGill Conservatory
Peter Freeman received his formal music training at McGill University where, as a student of Gerald Danovitch, he received an L. Mus. (High Distinction in Saxophone) in the spring of 1974 and a B. Mus. (School Music) later that same year. While an undergraduate, Mr. Freeman was the first student saxophonist to win the prestigious Concerto Competition. In 1984 he earned an M. Mus. degree (Performance Saxophone), also from McGill University. Mr. Freeman also undertook extensive clarinet studies with Raffaele Masella at the Conservatoire de Musique de Québec, and held the position of Associate Clarinet with the Canada Symphony Orchestra from 1972‑1973. Since then he has regularly freelanced on saxophone with Orchestre symphonique de Montréal as well as the Kingston Symphony and National Arts Centre Orchestras, in addition to performing the soprano saxophone solo on the OSM's recording of Maurice Ravel's Bolero.
Mr. Freeman has been very active in the Montreal classical and commercial music fields for over thirty-five years, performing and/or touring behind such artists as Johnny Mathis, Liberace, Engelbert Humperdinck, Shirley MacLaine, Sonny and Cher, Tony Orlando, Jane Oliver, Jack Jones, the Four Aces, Jerry Vale, and Al Martino, among others. He also spent sixteen years as alto saxophonist with the award-winning Gerald Danovitch Saxophone Quartet, making four recordings and doing extensive touring, including Asia. An experienced adjudicator and examiner, Mr. Freeman was Director of the McGill Conservatory of Music from 1987 to 1991. He currently teaches saxophone, chamber music, and music education courses at McGill University's Schulich School of Music.