Peter Petrucci

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Biography

Renowned as one of Australia’s finest guitarists, unique with uncommon refinement and fluency in his playing. Noted to have a distinct musical voice, he has been regarded as a virtuoso and musical poet. With a progressive contemporary sound, his refined aural and technical ability produce many colours and melodic textures in his touching renditions of jazz standards and original pieces.

Performed both locally and internationally throughout his career he has done so as an individual artist and supporting many artists of repute. He has performed with artists in Canada, America, the U.K. and Europe including Scott Colley, Zak Danziger, Gene Jackson, Ray Piper, Antonio Ferone, Vasco Tonnello, Simon Spade and Mark Dzuba.

Recognized here and abroad by many peers and noted music critics as having attained a high degree of virtuosity and technical ability. Peter has been nominated for several Aria Awards and Bell Awards including for Best Jazz Recording of the Year and Best Jazz Artist of The Year.

Has performed with many reputed Australian artists such as Tony Gould, Sam Anning, Chris Hale, Slava Grigoryan, Mark Lau, Ben Robertson, Ben VanderWal, Sam Keevers, Gary Costello, Jamie Oehlers, Paul Williamson, Geoff Kluke, Dave Beck and David Jones to name a few.

Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Music in 1989 from the Victorian College of the Arts and shortly after was asked to return to this institution where he remains a teacher today.

Performances at many jazz festivals, including the inaugural Umbria Melbourne 2005 Jazz Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, many appearances at Wangarratta Jazz Festival, Stonnington Jazz Festival, Queensland Jazz Festival and Queenscliff Music Festival, Adelaide Guitar Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Quebec Jazz Festival, Burlington Jazz Festival Vermont, Stuttgart Guitar Festival, Pistoia jazz and Blues Festival Italy.

Performances abroad including Italy, Germany, Canada and America, for the most part in New York, Chicago and Connecticut of which there were noted performances with guitarist Mark Dzuba. During Peter’s American tour, he studied extensively with John Scofield, Jim Hall, Pat Martino, Charlie Banacos and Mike Stern.

He was awarded a CMPT Grant in 2001 and completed a highly successful extensive four week Australian tour promoting “River Story” (nominated for an Aria Award). In conjunction with the tour, he ran a series of successful workshops at institutions throughout the country. The tour was highly acclaimed.

 

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