Pete has performed with Celine Dion, Gary Burton, Tower of Power, John Swana, Bill Watrous, Wayne Naus, and many more in venues across the country, including Nashville, Las Vegas, New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia. He has performed in over a dozen Broadway and Off-Broadway productions including Rent, Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, and The Last Five Years. Pete is the founder of Chromatic Consults; a consulting firm that provides solutions for some of the top software developers, educators, independent artists, publishers, and attorneys in the music industry. In 2011, they co-developed ‘Ear Trainer’ with Thoor Software, which went on to become the #1 best selling ear training app in the Apple App Store.
Pete attended the Berklee College of Music on scholarship where his studies centered on guitar performance (studying with Tomo Fujita, Jack Pezanelli, and Dave “Fuze” Fiuzcynski), Music Business, and advanced Music Theory & Ear Training. He was chosen to be a part of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute and had the honor of studying with David Liebman and John Patitucci. He graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor's Degree in Professional Music. He went on to attend The University of the Arts, studying under Don Glanden and graduating in 2013 with a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies. He has studied privately with Pat Martino, Jonathan Kreisberg, and Gilad Hekselman.
"Practice, practice, practice…I learned at an early age that mastering a craft requires a lifetime’s worth of dedication. Surrounded by family members who were school teachers, I got a behind the scenes look at the educational process. I gained an unparalleled understanding of what it would take to reach true mastery.
With a father obsessed with Frank Sinatra, my ears were treated to a daily dosage of Nelson Riddle’s sophisticated arrangements and one of the hardest swinging big bands to ever grace a stage. This would serve as an invaluable lesson in ear training and musicianship before I ever picked up an instrument. After seeing my first live concert at age 12 (Dave Matthews Band at the historic Veteran’s Stadium in Philadelphia), I knew I had found my craft…I wanted to be a musician.
As an aspiring guitarist, I was drawn to the unmistakable sound of blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan and the unique folk-rock fusion of Dave Matthews; two guitar players known for their unorthodox styles and incredibly difficult techniques. I was willing to do anything to be able to play like my heroes and had unknowingly set the bar very high. At age 16, I bought ‘The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery’ and got my first taste of jazz guitar.
Jazz was a melding of the musical elements that I loved…the freedom of expression through improvisation and composition, complex harmonies and rhythms, and a high level of musicianship. I knew that I found the pinnacle of musical study and that it would take a lifetime to master the language of jazz. It was a challenge I was eager to accept and continue to pursue today."
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