Gerald Peregrine is an Irish cellist who has established a career as a soloist, chamber and orchestral performer. Born in Dublin to a large musical family, he studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) and the Dublin Institute of Technology, before commencing his studies in London, aged 14, with William Pleeth. He subsequently trained with Steven Doane at the Royal College of Music as a foundation scholar, and at Indiana University as a Fulbright scholar with János Starker and Emilio Colón.
Peregrine regularly performs as a chamber musician with Ensemble Avalon, Trio Festivale and Camerata Ireland under the direction of Barry Douglas. He has performed as a chamber musician in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Moscow, the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing, Lincoln Centre, Cadogan Hall (as part of the BBC Proms) and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, among others. He has curated chamber music concerts at festivals in France, Hong Kong and the US and has been the co-leader of the Wexford Festival Opera festival in Ireland since 2006. Peregrine has appeared as a concerto soloist with all the major orchestras in Ireland, and regularly performs on TV and radio.
As an educator, Peregrine has given masterclasses at Trinity College London, RIAM, the Cork School of Music, Peking and Beijing Universities and the University of Memphis. Peregrine plays on a French cello by Roger and Max Millant and a bow by Eugene Sartory, which was made possible with part funding under the Music Network instrument purchase scheme.