PETER FLETCHER began guitar study at the age of seven under classical guitar instructor, John Sutherland.
In 1980 classical guitarist Jose Tomas, Andres Segovia's teaching assistant in Spain, held a week long master class in Atlanta, GA. Peter Fletcher was the youngest student to perform in the class, playing music by Bach and Carcassi.
In December, 1983, he made his formal debut at the age of fifteen under the auspices of The Brasstown Concert Association in North Carolina. Wrote the critic of The Cherokee Scout, “He has technical facility but what one remembers about his playing is the nuances, the poetical phrasing, dynamic and tonal changes, his harmonics, his cadences.”
Fletcher furthered his studies in Master Classes with David Leisner, David Russell, Oscar Ghiglia and Pepe Romero. As a performer in the Christopher Parkening Master Class he was chosen to play in the student recital two consecutive years and, in 1988, the class was broadcast on National Public Radio (NPR). In 1990, the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) awarded Fletcher a prize at its National Level Competition, performing Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco’s Concerto in D. In 1995, he received the Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music under Nicholas Goluses, and was twice the recipient of an Eastman Graduate Award.
In demand as a performer in cultural venues throughout the country, Mr. Fletcher has been invited to give recitals at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY; Cincinnati’s Memorial Hall; St. Philip Cathedral in Atlanta; Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina; the Schwartz Center for the Arts in Dover, DE, Brookhaven National Laboratory in Long Island, NY; South Congregational Church in New Britain, CT; Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Greenville, PA; Trinity Episcopal Church in Longview, TX; Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center; and many others. On November 27th, 2001, he gave the world premier of ‘Woke Up the Lookout Different, six fragments for solo guitar’ composed by Rob Pumpelly at Spivey hall in Atlanta, GA; in 2003 he performed on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series at the Chicago Cultural Center, and a very special guest engagement was Fletcher’s appearance in May 2005 at the World Music Series in Oceanside, California. In January, 2005, Mr. Fletcher was invited to join the distinguished Jury of the 9th Annual Schadt String Competition in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He made his New York Debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in February 2007, and returned in 2008, 2009 and in 2010 to a completely sold-out house. This particular concert featured a unique program of Fletcher’s transcription of Satie’s ‘Sports Divertissements’ performed with narrator Daniel Brondel. It inspired Anthony Aibel from New York Concert Review to write:
"The highlight of the evening was Fletcher’s clever transcription of Erik Satie’s Sports and Divertissements. This set of fifteen of the twenty ephemeral, witty pieces was originally conceived as a multimedia project for music, with sketches by Charles Martin —of which some illustrations were printed in the program—and narration by Daniel Brondel, who gave an equally witty demonstration of each of Satie’s poetic commentaries. Colin-Maillard (or Blindman’s Bluff) particularly demonstrated the wide range of his personal vocabulary, which is unique in his transcriptions, and the same can be said of his transcriptions of Issac Albeniz’s Sevilla and Leopold Weiss’ Passacaglia.”
Peter’s many radio and television appearances have included Storyline on the Turner Broadcasting System (TBS); Fox-affiliate WAGA-TV’s “Good Day Atlanta”; NBC Lima News WLIO in Ohio; KCSC in Oklahoma City; Long Island’s Public Radio WLIU 88.3 FM; WMRD in Milford, MA; NPR-affiliated Classical 94.5 WNED in Buffalo/Toronto; and Delmarva Public Radio’s Classical 89.5 in Salisbury, MD.
Peter Fletcher’s three early recordings, The Art of Classical Guitar, A Peter Fletcher Recital and Federico Mompou: Guitar Works (Centaur Records CRC 2588), have received critical acclaim. During a recent trip to Spain, Fletcher had the privilege of meeting Mompou's widow, Carmen Bravo, at her home on the Paseo de Gracia in Barcelona, where Fletcher performed from his recording and discussed interpretation. On their meeting, Carmen Bravo states, "On that occasion, I heard him play the music of Federico Mompou and was able to observe in him a refined sensibility, much affinity for this music, plus a high technical level that justifies his excellent artistic trajectory."
The album was reviewed by the American Record Guide:
“The result is lush and intricately detailed... Fletcher is enthusiastically dedicated to this music, as his vibrant performances and in his program notes attest. Mompou is clearly more than a passing interest for him; he has even met with the composer’s widow to discuss matters of interpretation. He has a strong technique, a consistent tone, and a bold interpretive imagination... The arrangements of the songs and dances are a particularly valuable and important contribution to the instrument’s literature.... I hope Fletcher will publish them.”
“...this latest CD by Peter Fletcher was thoroughly researched and magnificently realized...Peter’s interpretation and authenticity of style and tasteful use of tone colors is truly commendable. Beautifully recorded in a church setting, the tone of the instrument is exceptional... The playing here again is thoughtful, well considered, and a true testament in honor of this most respected composer.”
and Fanfare Magazine:
“Guitarist Peter Fletcher, on the other hand, keeps it blissfully simple... The balance of this program consists of piano music transcribed by Fletcher, but the music flows effortlessly from one instrument to another. Fletcher plays it all with a gracious virtuosity that makes for a very pleasing hour plus of unaffected musical poetry.”
In September '05 Centaur Records released Peter Fletcher plays Erik Satie (CRC 2731). It involves an all-Satie project, featuring Fletcher's guitar transcriptions. States Steven Rings from The American Record Guide: “The works all sit very nicely on the guitar, and Fletcher’s performances are taut and incisive, counteracting the common tendency to play Satie’s music like sleepy New Age.”
In 2007, Music of Four Centuries was released featuring music of Jean-Baptiste Besard, Jean- Philippe Rameau, François and Louis Couperin, Fernando Sor, Francisco Tarrega, Antonio Lauro, Jorge Gomez Crespo, and Alexandre Tansman's entire Suite ‘in modo polonico’.
His current release, Peter Fletcher Plays Baroque Music for Guitar was released in October 2008 on the Tower Hill Records label.
Mr. Fletcher's next recording project for Centaur is an all-Grieg album, for which he is also writing the guitar transcriptions. Scheduled release date is 2012.
Highlights of Fletcher’s 2010-11 concert season included his Pittsburgh debut at the “Music in a Great Space” concert series at Shadyside Presbyterian Church as well as First Presbyterian Church of Lockport, NY—a concert which marked the first classical guitar performance in the history of the church’s concert series. As a result of the concert, Mr. Fletcher was interviewed on NPR-affiliated radio station Classical 94.5 WNED of Buffalo/Toronto. Peter also broke new ground in El Paso, TX when he became the first ever classical guitarist to perform an entire solo recital as part of the Bruce Nehring Consort, an accomplishment which led to a feature article in the El Paso Times. More engagements included an appearance in Naples, FL as part of the Music at Trinity-by-the-Cove concert series; a concert in St. Simons Island, GA presented by the Island Concert Association and a feature recital for the inaugural season of the Firehouse Arts Center in the San Francisco Bay Area. In May the guitarist made his second appearance at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Algona, IA which was presented by the Howard- Twogood Charitable Trust. His concert in Orman Beach, FL prompted reporter Laura Bowden Yang of the newspaper Neighbors to tout Peter as “incredible” and “the best guitarist I’ve ever heard.”
The season of 2011-12 will undoubtedly be the most auspicious ever in an already distinguished career, appearing in over 100 cities at such prestigious venues as St. Xavier University in Chicago, IL, his fifth appearance at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City, where Peter will be premiering a major work by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco entitled “Divan of Moses- ibn-Ezra” with acclaimed tenor DavidMichael Schuster. In addition, Mr. Fletcher and Mr. Schuster will give the world premier of a work they have commissioned from New York based composer Clarice Assad.
Peter Fletcher believes in carrying on the Segovia tradition of expanding the comparatively small classical guitar repertoire. He plans to do this by transcribing from other instruments (mainly the piano) and also by commissioning new music.
Interests outside of music include reading and cross-country running. He lives in New York City.