Last Name: Croton
First Name: Peter
Organisational unit: Music, Classic
Function: Professor
Teaching subject: Lute, Figured bass, Historical performance practice
Telephone: +41 31 848 39 99

Peter Croton ( grew up in the USA and presently lives in Switzerland. He is an active performer in Europe and the U.S.A as soloist and chamber musician, in styles ranging from Renaissance to folk music. He teaches lute, historical performance practice and guitar continuo at the Conservatory of Music in Bern and at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis . His musical spectrum is, however, not limited to early music. As a child of six he began performing as a folk guitarist and singer. Peter’s musical roots in folk and jazz music were supplemented by formal studies of lute and classical guitar with Dr. Loris Chobanian at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (USA), and with Eugen Dombois and Hopkinson Smith at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.


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 and radio productions as soloist and chamber musician (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Virgin, Channel Classics, Centaur, Musicaphon, Balance and Proprius).


He has performed and recorded with Theresia Bothe, Derek Lee Ragin, Susanne Rydén, René Jacobs, Andreas Scholl, Guillemette Laurens, and Nigel Rogers, among others. In 2001 six of his compositions were published by the German Lute Society, and his tutor, Figured Bass on the Classical Guitar has recently been published by Amadeus in Switzerland.