Biography

Peter Janson is an award-winning contemporary fingerstyle acoustic guitarist, composer, and music educator. He has performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Healdsburg Guitar Festival, the Argenta Acoustic Music Series in Little Rock, the WUMB Music Festival in Boston, and venues throughout North America. He has had three albums in the Top Five of the NAR radio charts and his recordings have over one-million BMI verified broadcasts across all media. His contemporary solo guitar music fuses jazz, classical, and world-folk styles, and blends passion, artistry, and technical mastery as he weaves songs about life and the heart. And it has earned him critical acclaim: “Acoustic Guitarists Astonish!” (The Orion News, Chico CA), “absolutely one of the best, heartfelt, acoustic players today” (Grammy winning producer, Chuck Ebert), “a gifted acoustic fingerstyle player” (Dirty Linen Magazine), and “a rare 10+” (Spirit of Change Magazine).

Awards

• Best Contemporary Instrumental Album, BEAUTIFUL DAY
• Best Instrumental Album – Acoustic, BEAUTIFUL DAY
• Best CD of the Year, BEAUTIFUL DAY
• Album of the Year, JAMIE BONK - MY WORLD
• Best Instrumental Album – Acoustic, JAMIE BONK – MY WORLD
• Top 20 of the Year, FIRELIGHT MOONLIGHT ~ KTEP-FM (El Paso TX)
• Essential Audiosyncracy Collection Award winner, SOMETIMES FROM HERE ~ KTEP-FM (El Paso TX)
• Best New Age Album Nominee, SOMETIMES FROM HERE
• Top 20 of the Year, SOMETIMES FROM HERE ~ KTEP-FM (El Paso TX)
• Top 20 of the Year, SOMETIMES FROM HERE ~ KRSC-FM (Tulsa OK)
• Best Acoustic Instrumental Album Nominee, ACROSS THE BRIDGE
• Best of the Year, ACROSS THE BRIDGE ~ KGOU-FM (Norman OK)

Discography

A Long Road: tunes from Celtic lands, Peter Janson, EWM Records, 2013
Dream Logic: The Echoes Living Room Concerts, vol. 16, various artists, Echodisc, 2010
Oasis Acoustic, vol. 9, various artists, Oasis, 2010
Compass Rose, Peter Janson, EWM Records, 2009
Winter Gifts, Peter Janson, EWM Records, 2007
New Age Music and New Sounds, various artists, Universal Quiet (Italy), 2007
Beautiful Day, Peter Janson & Friends, EWM Records, 2006
Serenity at UMB: a Relaxation CD, Peter Janson: music composer and arranger, UMass Boston, University Health Services, 2006
Amningsro, compilation CD, various artists, THETA Music Sweden, 2006
En forsmak fran THETA: Musik, Guidad Avslappning, Naturljud, compilation CD, various artists, THETA Music Sweden, 2006
A Clear Stillness, Peter Janson, THETA Music Sweden, 2005
A Window on Salt Spring, various artists, Creek House Realty, 2006
My World, Jamie Bonk, Peter Janson composer and guitar performer for one song, "Waiting For Winter", Bonk Productions, 2004
Firelight Moonlight, Peter Janson, EWM Records, 2004
Firelight Moonlight – Audiophile Recording, Peter Janson, Orange Music Pte Ltd. Singapore, 2004
Sounds of New England, Vol. 1, compilation CD, various artists, Mansfield Music and Arts Association, 2003
Sometimes From Here, Peter Janson, EWM Records, 2001
NAV Sampler, various artists, New Age Voice, 2001
Oasis Acoustic Instrumentals, vol. 3, various artists, Oasis, 2000
Across the Bridge, Peter Janson, EWM Records, 1999

Non-performance Credits

Gustav Holst: Composer as Arranger, Philharmonia Bulgarica, Jon Ceander Mitchell conductor, (Peter Janson: pre-editing), Centaur Records, 2007
The Young Beethoven: Piano Concerto in E Flat, W.o.O.4, Romance cantabile, H. 13, Musik zu einem Ritterballet, W.o.O.1, Grigorios Zamparas piano, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra, Jon Ceander Mitchell conductor, (Peter Janson: pre-editing), Centaur Records, 2004
Beethoven: Piano Concerto Movement in D, Kinsky Anh. 7, Piano Concerto in D, Op. 61, Linnea Bardarson piano, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra, Jon Ceander Mitchell conductor, (Peter Janson: pre-editing), Centaur Records, 2003
Preteritions, Bach * Mozart * Holst, Linnea Bardarson pianoforte, Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Jon Ceander Mitchell conductor, (Peter Janson: pre-editing), UMB Records, 2001
UMass Boston: Live at the Millennium, various artists, (Peter Janson: editor), UMB Records 2001

Articles

• “Teaching at a University.” Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Guitar Pro, July 2008, Vol. 19 no.1 issue #187, String Letter Publishing, san Rafael CA, pg. 8 (reference); pg. 72