Peter Argondizza

Director of BMS Advisory Board, guitar, banjo, mandolin

Brooklyn-born guitarist Peter Argondizza earned a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Yale School of Music.

He also studied classical guitar with Jerry Willard at Stonybrook University in New York and North Indian Classical Music under the guidance of Sri Vasant Rai at the Alam School of Indian Classical Music. He received the Andres Segovia Scholarship to attend the Banff School of Fine Arts and was awarded a scholarship to study at the Aspen Music School in Colorado where he was the featured guitar soloist in Hans Werner Henze’s ‘Kammermusik' 1958.

At the University of Strathclyde (Scotland) he was the Director of the B.A. in Applied Music Course, taught guitar, music history and theory, and served as Artistic Director of the first ever annual guitar festival in Glasgow. He served at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as the Acting Head of Creative and Contextual Studies while teaching guitar and lute, directing the guitar orchestra and conducting various chamber groups.

Peter has performed throughout the UK, Canada, and the United States. As an advocate of new music for the guitar has commissioned and premiered works by British composers Sally Beamish, Edward McGuire and Steven Davismoon and has performed Poul Rouder’s ‘Psalmody’ for guitar and orchestra and Steve Reich’s ‘Electric Counterpoint for electric guitar and tape. As a multi-instrumentalist, he has played guitar, electric guitar, mandolin and banjo with the: Hebrides Ensemble, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Opera and, Scottish Ballet. Recent performances include Rodrigo's ‘Concierto de Aranjuez', Berio's Sequenza XI and Ginastera's Sonata for Guitar.

Peter has extensive experience in course design, verification examining, adjudication and leadership and is in demand internationally as an adjudicator and external examiner having examined and mentored for the: Guildhall School of Music and Drama, ABRSM and San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of Salford. Peter is a Teaching Artist for the Legato Foundation in New York performs with the New York City Classical Guitar Society Orchestra and, on Baroque guitar, with the New York City Continuo Collective.