Pete Quinn

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Pete is available as either a solo flamenco guitarist, a solo Classical violinist, or a combination of the two for an extra-special recital

I've been a musician practically all my life, my main specialisms these days are the Spanish (or flamenco) guitar and the violin. I find that one instrument feeds the other. Whilst the guitar is largely an instrument for the "free spirit" (within set chordal patterns, tempos and rhythms), the violin provides a high-level of focus and discipline. The balance between the two extremes provides a level of expression that prevents the performance from becoming overly stilted. Also, a lot of violin (and cello) music has been transcribed for the guitar, but the guitar adds a musical depth to the piece that is even richer. More recently, I've been doing a lot of work on the thumb. Flamenco music incorporates several classical guitar techniques, including the the "apoyando" (i.e. using a combination of the thumb and fingers, such as in the popular "Asturias" by Isaac Albeniz). However, the technique is developed further in flamenco to become the "ayudado", which is where the thumb and fingers play much more rapidly like a "machine gun", as well as the "alzapua" technique where the thumb plays very rapid scales over chords fretted with the fingers. All I can say is that the modern flamenco guitar is a very exciting and dynamic guitar style, and is "arguably" the most advanced form of guitar playing. Although I have a several guitars at home, I tend to focus on two instruments - a "blanca", which is made of cypress wood and has a very bright sound, and a "negra" made of rosewood that has a much warmer "woodier" sound. The negra is the best compromise between a flamenco guitar and a classical guitar, and is the modern choice of many high profile flamenco guitarists (i.e. like Paco de Lucía). However, the blanca is the most "authentic" sound of Spain because cyrpress wood is the traditional wood for flamenco luthiers. As a guitarist, I am particularly drawn to the modern flamenco styles of Paco de Lucía, Tomatito, Moraito Chico, Pepe Hebchuala and Vicente Amigo. Although drawing on traditional Spanish musical forms, modern flamenco has evolved alongside jazz, rock and r'n'b styles. Hence, as well as a vehicle for the solo virtuoso, the music is much more accessible to everyone. My violin repertoire is largely based upon the core works for the solo violin, and I continue to add to and refine it as my playing improves. I am happy to perform selected works from each of these works. However, if there is a particular piece that you would like to be played at your event then I am more than happy to accommodate. Whilst studying at De Montfort University, I was fortunate enough to perform with the De Montfort University Orchestra. The Orchestra itself is composed of staff, students and members of the Philharmonia (who currently have a residency at De Montfort Hall, Leicester). This has given me a tremendous opportunity to perform with many amazing musicians, alongside providing motivation for me to improve myself as a performer. The idea is that one develops as a musician only when one understands the legacy that one is a part of, as well as the "bar" which the great virtuosos of the past have raised.

Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Progressive rock, Alternative rock, Indie
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Composer, Songwriter, Musical comedy, Fluent improviser
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Song list

Flamenco Modern
Modern flamenco combines traditional forms with elements of jazz, rock, world and popular music into an exciting new style. Here Pete pays homage to his influences – including Paco de Lucía, Moraito Chico, Tomatito, Vincente Amigo, and others. By exploring the work of the flamenco masters, Pete is able to locate his own unique style within the broad palette of sounds available.
The following is a list of traditional flamenco pieces that form the staple of Pete's repertoire:
Fandango (three forms)
Granadinas (two forms)
Sevillianas (four forms)
Siguryas por Bulerias


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£45
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£360