Faculty & Staff

Peter Janson, MM

  • Senior Lecturer in Music, College of Liberal Arts
  • Telephone: 617-287-6990
  • Office Location: McCormack Hall,02,00608

Areas of Expertise



M.M. New England Conservatory

Additional Information

Website: Click here

Mr. Janson’s diverse performance and recording experiences include solo guitar, ensembles, and bands, all of which have spanned folk, pop, rock, and classical and jazz styles. He has appeared in venues across the country ranging from small clubs such as C.B.G.B.’s in New York City to major stadiums including Tampa Stadium before 80,000 spectators, and concert halls such as Jordan Hall. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Janson performs his solo contemporary acoustic guitar music regularly.

One of the growing breed of new acoustic musicians whose influences span the rich heritages of folk, classical, jazz and world styles, Peter Janson's repertoire is weighted towards original instrumentals that he plays with sensitivity and sophistication. Performing extensively as a solo artist, his fresh, new Fingerstyle Acoustic instrumental guitar music with "vowel chat" (a kind of vocal chant/scat mixture) may best be described by a review of his music from the Taunton Daily Gazette as music "for fans of Windham Hill guitar legends like Will Ackerman, Michael Hedges and other acoustic trailblazers like Leo Kottke and John Fahey."

In addition, Janson's duo performances of original music for acoustic guitar, exotic percussion, and "vowel chat", often include arrangements of traditional, Celtic, or jazz songs that explore an increasingly blurry separation between stylistic genres. His music reveals an East-meets-West gestalt, yet is thoroughly familiar sounding because it is steeped in both American folk and European classical techniques. Spirit of Change magazine raves Peter's music "magnificently represents fingerstyle guitar playing at its best. A rare 10+!" and Instrumental Weekly says "a diehard fan of solo guitar will discover that Peter has set a new standard in this genre."
A three time nominee, two time finalist for "Best Album of the Year" at the international NAV Music Awards, Peter's Sometimes From Here CD reached as high as #2 on the national Top 100 Radio play charts* and remained there for three months in a row. It accrued nine #1 rankings, 87 top 10, and 179 top 20 rankings from reporting radio programs. Also, music from Sometimes From Here aired on 25 episodes of the nationally syndicated "Echoes" radio show and is aired regularly on digital music services such as Music Choice and DMX.