Schola Cantorum Basiliensis

Peter Croton

Laute, Theorbe, Generalbass auf Zupfinstrumenten (Hochschule SCB)

The Swiss-American Peter Croton (born in 1957 in New York City) has been teaching since 1989 at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, and since 1984 at the Conservatory of Music in Bern. He is an active performer in Europe and the USA as soloist and chamber musician, in styles ranging from Renaissance to folk music. His original music ranges from modern lute songs to songs in a folk/jazz style. Peter’s musical roots in folk and jazz music were supplemented by formal studies of lute and classical guitar at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (USA), and with Eugen Dombois and Hopkinson Smith at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. His expressive guitar and lute playing, as well as his original compositions reflect these multifaceted influences. In 1984 he won first prize at the "Erwin Bodky" competition for Early Music in Boston, and has also won prizes at the international lute competition "Guitar '84" in Toronto and at the international competition "Concert Artists' Guild" in New York City. Since 1984 he has been involved in numerous CD, television and radio productions as soloist and chamber musician (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Virgin, Channel Classics, Guild, Musicaphon, Balance and Proprius). He has performed and recorded with Theresia Bothe, Derek Lee Ragin, Susanne Rydén, René Jacobs, and Nigel Rogers, among others. He has appeared at international festivals including: Rheingau Musik Festival, Kissinger Sommer, Festspiele Europäische Wochen Passau, Tage Alter Musik Regensburg, European Lute Festival, Staufener Musikwoche, Innsbrucker Festwochen der alten Musik, Niedersächsische Musiktage, Mosel Festwochen, Kultursommer Nordhessen, Les Arts Jaillissants – Savoie, Festival des Cordes Sensibles, Early Music Vancouver and Early Music Guild Seattle.
In 2001 six of his compositions were published by the German Lute Society, and four new settings for lute and voice of texts by William Shakespeare have been recently been published by Tree Edition. His tutor, "Figured Bass on the Classical Guitar - a practical approach based on historical principles" has been published by Amadeus Verlag, Winterthur 2005; volume 7 of the series "Pratica musicale" of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.
He has been praised regularly in the press for his “effortless virtuosity“, for the “lyrical intimacy“ of his playing, as well for his “highly exciting, dramatic playing”.

Peter Croton

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