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Dr Peter Argondizza



Tel : +44 (0)141 444 8204


Research Interests

Renaissance music, music and memory, lute, guitar, music history, Renaissance theory, Vincenzo Galilei, Foucault, imitation, technology, education

Academic / Professional qualifications

Doctor of Musical Arts Yale University 1994

Master of Musical Arts Yale University 1989

Master of Music Yale University 1986

Bachelor of Arts  State University of New York at Stonybrook 1982

Associate of Arts         Suffolk County Community College, New York 1976

PG Dip-Higher Education       University of Strathclyde 2011


Peter holds an Associate Degree from Suffolk County Community College (NY), a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Stonybrook and three degrees from Yale University - Master of Music, Master of Musical Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts. He taught guitar whilst at Stonybrook University and guitar, history and composition techniques at Yale University. Peter began working at Strathclyde University in 1994.

Teaching interests
Peter has been a course director for BA Applied Music, Module leader for Orchestration and MSHCC. He has taught history (popular, jazz, North Indian Classical, Baroque, Classical/Romantic and Modern Music). He has taught creative skills at all levels, third and fourth year orchestration, research methods, classroom guitar to BEd students, BA students, Community students and at the post graduate level. He has directed several university ensembles and was the fourth year honours coordinator for four years.

Performance/Research work
Peter carried out a Masterclass at the Mannes College of Music in March 2006 and performed at Yale University (Connecticut, USA) which included chairing a panel at the Guitar Conference. He initiated the highly popular Guitar Weekend Festival in collaboration with Alan Tavener, Director of Music. This is now called the Big Guitar Weekend and is organised in collaboration with the strings department at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Since January 2007, Peter has released a CD of solo guitar music called &from the hook to the hill, played three solo concerts (including an appearance at the Dundee International Guitar Festival), commissioned and premiered a new solo guitar work Beyond Your Valley by Steven Davismoon and performed the European premiere of Davis Leisners Visions of Orpheus for guitar and string quartet with the Glasgow String Quartet at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Peter has performed with the following notable singers: Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras, Willard White and Eddie Reader. Peter will be performing a solo guitar concert in New York on 28 November, 2007. Other upcoming concerts include the world premiere of a new work by Tom Wilson for Guitar and String Quartet at the Big Guitar Weekend on March 1 2008 and a performance by the Argondizza Duo (cello and guitar) on 2 March 2008 at the BGW. Further performances include a concert at Strathclyde University to launch his second CD and further performances of Tom Wilsons work for guitar and String Quartet.
A professional performing classical guitarist and regularly performs solo concerts, concertos and chamber music. He performs with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Hebrides Ensemble, RSNO, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Glasgow String Quartet and the Argondizza Duo. He makes frequent radio broadcasts and has recorded on Varèse Sarabande records under Jerry Goldsmith.

Peter has commissioned and premiered the following works by Scottish based composers through Scottish Arts Council Grant:
Madrigal for Solo Guitar by Sallie Beamish
Romance for Cello and Guitar by Edward McGuire
Lullabies for Daft Jamie by Rory Boyle
Beyond Your Valley by Stephen Davismoon.
Madrigal and Romance have been edited by Peter Argondizza and published by Cadenza Music. Recording of Romance appeared as CD insert for Gramophone Magazine.
He has published several reviews in Classical Guitar Magazine.
Further research interest include: Vincenzo Galilei, Topoi in Classical Guitar Music, and the relevance of fitness regimes to instrumental performance progress.

Peter coordinates the East Dunbartonshire Guitar Clubs scheme. The programme will continue into 2008. He has recently formed the Scottish Guitar Teachers Association with Allan Neave and Phillip Thorne. Peter is currently completing a guitar method for East Dunbartonshire Council to be published shortly.

Membership of professional bodies
He is a member of the College Music Society and the Guitar Foundation of America in the United States.

External responsibilities
He has been an external advisor to the Scottish Arts Council and served as external examiner to Napier Universitys Popular Music course for two tears. Peter is a Specialist Examiner for the Guildhall School of Music and Mentor for the Certificate of Teaching course for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.  He frequently adjudicates international string competitions and often serves as specialist examiner for the Royal Schools of Music.


  • Orpheus Project

    Argondizza, Peter (Principal Investigator) Knapp, Charles (Principal Investigator)

    Period 01-Oct-2011 - 01-Jun-2012
  • Orpheus Project

    Argondizza, Peter (Principal Investigator) Knapp, Charles (Principal Investigator) Kalin, Robert (Academic)

    Period 01-Oct-2011 - 01-Apr-2012
  • BTG- Gene Transfer

    Knapp, Charles (Principal Investigator) Argondizza, Peter (Principal Investigator)

    Period 05-Sep-2011
  • Group for Renaissance Research Reading

    Argondizza, Peter (Academic) Fudge, Erica (Academic) Hope, Jonathan (Academic) Jajdelska, Elspeth (Academic) Thorne, Alison (Academic) Hogarth, Alan (Post Grad Student) Clark, Douglas Iain (Post Grad Student) Veerapen, Steven Alexander (Post Grad Student) Froehlich, Heather Gayle (Post Grad Student)

    Period 10-Jan-2011
  • Instrument Specific Musical Memory

    Argondizza, Peter (Principal Investigator) Anderson, Anthony (Co-investigator) Kelly, Stephen (Co-investigator)

    Period 01-Dec-2010 - 01-Jan-2013

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