At a time when most children are just learning the basics in elementary music class, Peter Fletcher was already studying classical guitar. In 1995 he received the Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and was twice the recipient of an Eastman Graduate Award. Fletcher has had added sold-out Carnegie Hall performances and more than two decades of appearances at some of the country’s most prestigious venues to his resume.
I asked Fletcher how he started playing classical guitar at such a young age. “I always wanted to play the guitar just from instinct,” Fletcher said. “I began with the baritone uke and then obtained a classical guitar when I was 9. I was told that if I began with the classical style, other styles would come easier. I began with classical, loved it and stayed with it.”
“I loved classical right from the beginning,” said Fletcher. “I feel that it is the most beautiful style of guitar, and love all of the repertoire – especially Bach. Preparing a concert program, and then sharing the music with an audience gives me joy and deep fulfillment. I played the bass clarinet for one year in high school, and passed a piano proficiency in college – other than that, I have only played the guitar.”
I asked Fletcher about his hobbies outside of music. His answers my my library heart happy. “My love outside of music is reading, and I prefer the works of Proust, Balzac and Faulkner,”said Fletcher. “I also love bike riding, gardening and house decorating. I nurture a small group of very close friends.”
Fletcher’s recordings, The Art of Classical Guitar, A Peter Fletcher Recital and Federico Mompou: Guitar Works received critical acclaim. You can check out his recordings Peter Fletcher Plays Baroque Music for Guitar and Peter Fletcher on Tour.
Live at the Library
Fletcher will perform classical favorites at the library, 3pm on Sun, April 14, during Music for a Sunday Afternoon. Expect a few surprises too, as Fletcher is known for expanding the traditional classical guitar repertoire. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear this nationally accomplished artist bring his talent to Topeka.