A "gifted acoustic finger-style guitar player" (Dirty Linen), Peter Janson brings world-class solo acoustic guitar music to records and the concert stage with fresh contemporary arrangements of new and traditional tunes from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, and North America, as well as Celtic inspired compositions. Reminiscent of American folk guitar, Celtic guitar, and American roots music, his original and compelling contemporary style is filled with artistry, superb technical mastery, and heartfelt passion.
Born in Cambridge Massachusetts, USA, Peter Janson began playing guitar at age 7 and started composing as a young teen. His early influences were eclectic - Django Reinhardt, Andres’ Segovia, Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Joe Pass, Freddy King, Steve Reich, Arvo Part, Doc Watson, Brian Eno – and remain so to this day. While attending the New England Conservatory of Music he was interested in early music for stringed instruments, jazz, Indian classical, and contemporary classical composition. He gained experience composing for and performing in a variety of ensembles in a myriad of styles while attaining his Master of Guitar Performance degree and this is when his passion for folk, world, and traditional music, especially Celtic, was formed. Since that time his performances have mostly been as a soloist playing steel-string guitar.
Peter won an NAR Lifestyle Music Award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for his Beautiful Day CD, and Album of the Year and Best Instrumental Album Acoustic awards for his co-writing and performing on Jamie Bonk’s My World CD. He’s had the privilege of performing with a variety of acoustic artists including “American Guitar Masters” tours with Larry Pattis, “Artistry of the Guitar” tours with Ken Bonfield and Steve Davison, “String Songs” concerts with luminaries Tim Farrell and Michael Manring, “Friends” concerts with Steve Hunt, Henrik Bridger and Bertram Lehmann, and has shared stages with Ed Gerhard, Alex DeGrassi, Dakota Dave Hull, Chris Proctor, singer-songwriters Brooks Williams, Shane Jackman, Greg Greenway, and Tim Harrison, Ugandan artist Kinobe and Celtic artists Aine Minogue, Aoife Clancy, Robbie O'Connell, and others.
With critical acclaim such as “perfection ... highly creative,” “a true artist’s soul,” and “perhaps the leading contemporary fingerstyle guitarist today,” there’s no doubt he has bridged a gap bringing together the every-day music fan with die-hard guitar fans. Songs from all of his CDs have been featured on PBS, commercial and college radio, syndicated radio, Sirius/XM, Music Choice TV, Pandora, Spotify, and in-flight programming resulting in over 1/2 million broadcasts. He is a regular performer at guitar festivals and concerts throughout North America.
As an artist-faculty member of the Performing Arts Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Peter has been hailed as "the perfect combination of instrumentalist and composer, entertainer and educator" (WUMB Music Festival). He has composed and recorded music on 14 national and international CDs including six solo CDs under his name, music for video games, and his music has been featured on a variety of regional documentaries. He has written an article for Acoustic Guitar Magazine titled “Teaching at a University.” His solo recordings include Firelight Moonlight, Winter Gifts, Across the Bridge, Sometimes From Here, Compass Rose, and his newly released CD titled "A Long Road: Tunes From Celtic Lands"