Peter Gregson | Cellist & Composer | The Instagram of music

Peter Gregson | Cellist & Composer | The Instagram of music | RISING MINDS | Free talks exploring the intersection of technology, business and culture.

It's fair to say that Peter Gregson has a bit of the magic about him.

We watched him segue from Bach cello sonata to his own sublime composition, telling an impassioned tale about why he wants to shift the classical music game, along the way.

We've heard the remarkable symphony he used Twitter to create, and the equally remarkable story that sits behind its creation.

And he does a good line in rewriting a film script to account for Kate Winslet's 7-second blink. 

Yes, an audience with Peter is always just a little bit magic. We hope you can join us for the show.

The Rising Interview 

Where are you right now?


I'm in Nude Espresso in Soho, but I'm supposed to be in the studio.

Where do you go when you need inspiration? 


I go for late night walks; it's the perfect way to clear your mind and think things through.

Idleness. A gift or curse? 


A reality. 

To Bitcoin, or not to Bitcoin? 


I don't Bitcoin and doubt I will anytime soon.

Liberal Democracy or Democratic Liberalism? 


Carpe Diem or nosce te ipsum (know thyself)?

I did Latin at school, I knew that! Carpe Diem. 

Last app opened? 

Uber. It's my guilty pleasure in these turbulent tube strike times.

Last book read?

PG Wodehouse "A Pelican at Blandings".

Favourite Album?

"Rush of Blood to the Head" by Coldplay. I'm tired of anti-Coldplay nonsense. They're fantastic - each album is a total departure from the previous one, but Rush of Blood to the Head is home to some stunning vocals so I'm going with that. The Schubert Cello Quintet recording by Rostropovich and the Emerson Quartet is brilliant, too, but it's not really an album in its own right. 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

Don't be afraid to ask questions.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever bestowed?

I wisely talked a stranger out of buying a gingerbread latte at Starbucks a few weeks ago.

If you could be anywhere, where would it be? 

Probably New York, but London is pretty brilliant, too.

If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?

I'm quite happy with people having their own opinions about me so long as I can get on with my own thing.