Peter Gabriel is best known as a musician. He started his solo work in 1975 after leaving his old school group Genesis. He has released eleven solo albums, numerous live albums and written soundtracks for four films.
In 1980, he founded WOMAD (World of Music Arts and Dance), which has presented 150 festivals in over 40 countries. In 1992, he co-founded WITNESS, pioneering the use of cameras and technology in Human Rights work. He also co-founded The Elders.org with Richard Branson, an organization designed to bring together a small group of highly respected global leaders, formally launched by Nelson Mandela in July 2007.
He recently launched The Toolbox.org, to assemble, curate and create the tools with which to transform our lives and the world we live in.
His other work interests have been in innovative technology, especially in digital media, music, audio and more recently a visual language and DIY Healthcare.
Amongst awards received are the Man of Peace award, presented by the Nobel Peace Laureates in 2007, the ‘Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ and the ‘Quadriga’ award. He has received various lifetime achievement awards including BT’s digital Music Pioneer Award, The Polar Music Prize, as well as five Grammy awards and an Oscar nomination year, and on April 10, 2014 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.