May 13, 2014 | 7:30-8:30pm | Marvin Auditorium
People who have heard Fletcher play his classical guitar are beginning to realize why he can sell out Carnegie Hall. He is acclaimed as a “superbly sensitive performer”, a “fantastic guitarist”, and “plays with a gracious virtuosity that makes musical poetry.”
Fletcher began playing guitar at age 7 and made his formal debut at age 15. Through his life, he’s drawn inspiration from Spanish classic guitar virtuoso Andres Segovia.
His performances are in demand around the country. His 2013-’14 national tour takes him not only to Topeka, but also the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center in Illinois and the Mozart Society Concert Series in Atlanta.
Peter Fletcher’s three recordings, The Art of Classical Guitar, A Peter Fletcher Recital and Federico Mompou: Guitar Works (Centaur Records CRC 2588), have received critical acclaim. In September 2005 Centaur Records released Peter Fletcher plays Erik Satie. Peter Fletcher Plays Baroque Music for Guitar was released in 2008 on the Tower Hill Recordings label.
Fletcher’s latest recording is an all-Grieg album, Edvard Grieg, for which Fletcher wrote the guitar transcriptions. He will perform his works from his new CD for the local crowd, as well as Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Courante from the Third Cello Suite and Prelude in C minor and Fugue in G minor, BWV 999 and 1000, and a very special version of the traditional Shaker Hymn, Simple Gifts, transcribed by John and B.J. Sutherland. The final work on the program will feature Fletcher’s transcription of Paganini’s dazzling Caprice no. 24.
His interests outside of music include reading and cross-country running. He lives in New York City.