Multiple Grammy Award® -winning musician PETER GABRIEL co-founded the group Genesis in 1966. Together, they made seven albums before Gabriel left the group in 1975. He returned to music a year later and has since made 11 solo albums, including hit singles like “Shock the Monkey,” “Sledgehammer,” “Big Time” and “In Your Eyes.” Gabriel has also completed film soundtrack works, including “Birdy,” “The Last Temptation of Christ” and “Rabbit Proof Fence.” His “Sledgehammer” video has been voted best video of all time, and his interactive work “Eve,” won the Milia D’Or for Multimedia.
The musician, entrepreneur and activist is a recipient of the Man of Peace award, presented by the Nobel Peace Laureates, and the Chevalier dans Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He has received various lifetime achievement awards and BT’s Digital Music Pioneer Award.
Gabriel founded WOMAD (World of Music Arts and Dance) in 1980, presenting more than 150 festivals in more than 40 countries. Additionally, the WOMAD Foundation has provided education and workshops to many schools. Gabriel’s human rights work includes coordinating and participating in the 1988 Human Rights Now Tour with Amnesty International. He co-founded Witness.org in 1989 to give cameras and computers to human rights activists. Witness pioneered the adoption of video and online technologies in human rights campaigning. The Hub has just been launched, providing a platform for human rights video from all over the world (a YouTube for Human Rights). In 2000, Gabriel co-founded the Elders.org with Richard Branson, which Nelson Mandela launched in 2007. His business interests have been in the field of music, media and technology. In 1987, he founded the Real World group of companies: Real World Studios, Real World Records, and later Real World Multi Media and Real World Films. Gabriel co-founded OD2 (On Demand Distribution) in 1999, which became the leading European platform provider for the distribution of online music. In 2005, Gabriel acquired Solid State Logic with David Engelke, the world’s leading manufacturer of mixing consoles for music recording, broadcast and post-production. He also co-founded thefilter.com and We7.com.