I am from Colombia, South America. Peter was my teacher at the University of New South Wales. I have always rembered him fondly. His Economics teachings were most important for me throughout my life. And his personal friendship was indeed a plus for me to continue my interest on Economics. Sad to learn that he passed away.
Thank you for helping me choose, Peter. See all photos here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/clouddrive/share/VEfvYSEPylSKjcv0i40Rq7Hdc3AbNOp0fNUt51rF56N
You were right, as always. I wasn't strident enough. Thanks for trying though, also for pointing me to the Petersen B of that year. Rest in serene Peace
A wonderful man, he nearly threw me down the stairs once, shortly after the ssgc opened.. It was only because I had'nt practiced, because I know he saw a lot of potential in me.. Sign of a great teacher which he was. Hope he's in heaven
It was my first night and first lecture at UNSW in March 1978....and his warmth, humour and intelligence has remained as a bright spark in my memory ever since.
Having studied with all guitar teachers in Brisbane, I realised (and was told) - in 1970 - that my "sound" was not what it should be. I moved to Sydney and studied with teachers there. I eventually gave up the guitar, for I could not find this sound. However, Peter was suggested, to my then wife, as a guitar teacher by Allan Turner, the President of the Sydney Guitar Society. One day, when waiting outside of the room to pick up my wife, I finally heard "that sound." It was Peter playing. I again took up the guitar, and his influence on both me, and music in Australia, proved to be more than significant. He was a remarkable man.
I remember Peter Calvo as a man who sought to enhance the lives of many people through their engagement with music. Personally, I remember Peter Calvo as the man who encouraged me to seek a university education and to play guitar with an emphasis on technique and as an expression of one’s life. I fondly remember many philosophical discussions within our guitar tutor group. The discussion about playing with a sense of art and skill and the connections between politics, history and music. Music was never ever separate from life. I thank him and remember him for his guidance in my life. My prayers go out to his family. Colleen Meehan Teacher, Psychologist and Musician
Peter often said that you only leave two things behind: your family and works of art. In Peter's case both were treasures, his family and the music that will live forever. Indeed, Peter left that, and much more. He touched the lives of everyone around him, primarily because he did so much for others. Many students from the University of New South Wales will remember not only his charismatic lectures but also his willingness to help wherever, and whenever, he could. He made economics come alive, and he made the subject very human. As everyone knows, Peter's and Athalie's creation, the Australian Institute of Music, developed into an international centre for music. And again, many can testify to the help Peter gave in seeing them through. Peter sought out the strengths in those around him, and set about showing them how to develop those strengths, and then inspired them to achieve more. I witnessed this at first hand. He was a valued teacher, colleague and friend, and he was a friend to my children at the Australian Institute of Music. Like so many others that he helped along the way, our lives were enriched by his help, his mentoring, his advice and his real friendship. I can recall his first words to me: "How can I help you?" And I can remember him saying exactly those words to both my children. Such goodwill gets passed on from generation to generation. And that too, along with works of art, lives forever. Geoffrey