Pete Letanka

Pete LetankaPete is a professional jazz pianist and composer and NYJO‘s associate education specialist.

He graduated in 1997 with a starred 1st class BA (hons) and the Leeds University Armes award for the highest mark in his year. After graduating he formed the Pete Letanka Trio, with bassist Andy Hamil and drummer Winston Clifford. They are active on the London jazz scene and across the UK.

Pete has enjoyed performing at Ronnie Scott’s, the Purcell Room and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. In 2005 he was signed to award-winning jazz record label Zephyr Records, who released his debut album, Afrostocracy.

In 1997, he began working for the Children’s Music Workshop and has led projects for the Royal Opera House, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Portrait Gallery. He also leads insets for teachers and music project leaders for Trinity College of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and the Spitalfields Festival. He is the music director of Glyndebourne Youth Opera and artistic director of Aldeburgh Music’s Group A.