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Born in Scotland of Italian parents, Peter Guidi is a self-taught musician. He began his musical career in Italy where he went on to play with many leading jazz musicians and performed in major Jazz Festivals including Umbria Jazz Festival, the Aosta Jazz Festival, the Jazz Festival of Pescara and the Padova Porsche Jazz Festival.
Since moving to Holland he has performed in many national jazz festivals including several appearances at the North Sea Jazz Festival with both his quartet and big bands. He is now head of the jazz department of the [Amsterdam Muziekschool] where he leads several ensemble and big band workshops for students of all ages, beginning with students as young as nine years of age. These bands include the Jazz Kidz, Jazz Juniors, Jazz Generation, Jazz Focus Big Band, and Jazz Mania Big Band. He is also co-founder of the Junior Jazz College, a collaboration between the Muziekschool Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Jazz Conservatory. Since the Jazz Department began 25 years ago his bands have won a total of 76 prizes in national and international competitions.
Peter Guidi is author of a two volume flute teaching method: 'The Jazz Flute'.
In 2008 Peter Guidi co-founded the first edition of the Netherland National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NJJO) which has become as established bi-annual event.
In 2010 Peter Guidi was awarded a Dutch Knighthood (Ridder in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau) for his pioneering work in jazz education in the Netherlands.
- A Weaver of Dreams - 1993 (Timeless CD SJP 401)
- Forbidden Flute - 1999 (BMCD 309 d)
- Beautiful Friendship - 2000 (Timeless CD SJP 352)
- Jazzmania Big Band 'New Impressions'- 2002(BMCD 378)
- Jazzmania Big Band 'Further Impressions'- 2004(BMC 458)
- Jazz Focus Big Band 'Focused' - 2007(JF007-01)
- Peter Guidi's own site: http://www.peterguidi.com
- Netherland National Youth Jazz Orchestra: http://www.njjo.nl/
- Muziekschool Amsterdam: http://www.muziekschoolamsterdam.nl/index.php
- Amsterdam Conservatory: http://www.conservatoriumvanamsterdam.nl/index.shtml
- Junior Jazz College: http://www.conservatoriumvanamsterdam.nl/cva/studieaanbod/studeren_aan_het_cva/jong_talent/junior_jazz.shtml
- Jazzmania Big Band: http://www.jazzmania.nl
- Jazz Focus Big Band: http://www.jazzfocus.tk
- North sea Jazz Festival: http://www.northseajazz.com