Peter Richardson

Peter Richardson

 Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

Peter Richardson is a versatile solo guitarist specializing in classical, jazz, flamenco, and latin as well as a band leader in several projects that include : Alegria Latin Combo, Toma Que Toma flamenco ensemble, Hot Club of Cville, and the Richardson/Kannensohn Duo


Peter Richardson began his formal study of the guitar at the Duke Ellington School in Washington D.C.
Since graduating in 1988, he has studied a wide variety of musical styles with many accomplished
musicians including : Joe Pass, Paul Bollenback, Marija Temo, and Charlie Byrd. His studies have taken
him all over the U.S. as well as to Brazil. Peter has performed with several jazz, latin, and rock ensembles throughout the country. He has been a music instructor for over 20 years and currently resides in Charlottesville Virginia.

In 2000 he founded the Richardson Guitar Studio, which has become a successful music school in Charlottesville with 10 instructors and 100 students. In 2002, Peter collaborated with clarinetist Dave Kannensohn and recorded the independently released album Best Friends. The two formed the Richardson/Kannensohn duo and released a second CD in 2005 called Saturday Night at Hamiltons' - a musical exhibition of their weekend gig that's been delighting downtown Charlottesville for over 8 years and counting...

In 2000, Peter also formed the Alegria Latin Combo - a dynamic ensemble that interprets the music of Cuba, Spain, and Brazil and features several of the best latin musicians on the east coast. They maintain a rigorous performance schedule throughout the U.S.
His most recent project is Toma Que Toma - a flamenco troupe of guitarists, dancers, singers, and percussionists performing traditional and modern dances of Spain.


Best Friends (2002) independent
-Richardson/Kannensohn Duo
Saturday Night at Hamiltons' (2005) independent
-Richardson/Kannensohn Duo

Set List

My setlists typically consist of a variety of Brazilian sambas, Flamenco rumbas, and Cuban/latin jazz standards. Sets are 45min. to 1 hour. Wedding ceremony music can be comprised of traditional classical selections as well as more modern popular songs.

Classical & Wedding Repertoire :

Bach :

Air on the G String
Bourree in E minor
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Prelude in C major (Well Tempered Clavier)
Prelude in D major Cello Suite #1
Prelude in E major Lute Suite #4
Sheep May Safely Graze
Sleepers Awake

Misc. Composers

Afro-Cuban Lullaby - Grenet
Asturius - Albeniz
Canon in D – Pachelbel
Capricho Arabe – Tarrega
Claire de Lune - Debussy
En Noy de la Mare – Trad.
Gavotta Choro – Villa Lobos
Gnosienne #1 - Satie
Guardame Las Vacas - Narvaez
Gymnopedie #1 - Satie
Lagrima - Tarrega
Concerto in D – Vivaldi
Miller’s Dance – De Falla
Milonga - Cardoso
Mysterious Barricades – Couperin
Preludes #3 & #4 – Villa Lobos
Romanza – Anon.
Soleares - Turina