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Peter Douskalis

Peter Douskalis is a guitarist from the Washington DC area now living in New York City. He specializes in many aspects of the guitar such as jazz, classical, rock, and world. Peter currently teaches at the New York City Guitar School.

In 2009 Peter Douskalis released his second album “The Dance of the Sea”. The CD is a solo jazz guitar record and is Peter’s first as a solo artist. The CD is featured on independent record label Shenandoah Records.

Peter Douskalis is also a part of the Peter and Alex Guitar Duo and has been performing in the Virginia, Maryland, and DC areas for several years. The duo's debut album “Midnight Madrid” (2007) contains strong arrangements of jazz, classical, and pop songs as well as original compositions by both performers in world styles.

Peter Douskalis graduated from the Conservatory of Shenandoah University with a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies. Currently he attends the New York University for his graduate degree in Music Education. He has composed works for the theatre departments at both George Washington University and Westfield High School and also regularly performs in the pit orchestra for musicals. He was recently the guest guitarist for the “The Wiz”, which was featured on ABC/Disney's “The Making of a High School Musical”.

Peter Douskalis regularly performs on the concert stage. He has opened concerts for rock and roll hall of famer Percy Sledge, blues guitarist Johnny A, and was also the featured performer at the European Union’s 50th anniversary event hosted at the German Embassy. Through his involvement with the Shenandoah Conservatory Jazz Ensemble, Peter has had the opportunity to perform with jazz legends Chuck Redd, Bob Cranshaw, Houston Person, Mickey Roker, and Tamir Hendelman, as well as trumpeter Jens Lindemann.

Peter Douskalis has studied under several influential teachers and performers such as internationally acclaimed guitarist Michael Fath, former Airmen of Note jazz guitarist Rick Whitehead, Dan Leonard, Michael DeLalla and Ken Hall.

Peter Douskalis plays a Gibson ES-175, Fender Stratocaster, Ovation Celebrity, and an Alvarez Yiari.

Peter Douskalis is sponsored by GHS Strings and Rocktron.


"Douskalis is clearly a gifted musician, and his fleet-fingered attack often manages to make his Gibson ES-175 sound like several instruments."
- Tony Rogers -

"While he is a melodic player, Douskalis sometimes emulates an orchestra and pulls it off. Melody,
harmony, bass lines all interact logically, sometimes making it sound as if more than one guitarist is on the CD."
- Scott Yanow - Los Angeles Jazz Scene (May 15, 2010)

“It's refreshing to hear a soloist in touch with his instrument and the sounds that come out of it…what is perhaps most impressive is Douskalis' touch and ability to emote a melody line.“
- Wildy Haskell - Wildy's World (Jan 1, 2010)

"Somehow Peter’s guitar reaches out and touches your soul. The music caresses you like a lover’s hand, and your troubles just seem to melt away...The Dance of The Sea is something different for the music lovers ears. Its an album of beautiful sounds some new and some familiar. Its an album to be treasured and savored and shared with other music loving friends. One listen and you’ll be entranced."
- Andrea Guy - Mossip (Dec 14, 2009)

"Professional Jazz Guitarist Peter Douskalis has had a love affair with music every since he can remember. The talented musician is lighting up the Jazz industry with his amazing Jazz guitar performances that are sure to delight music fans."
- Isaac Davis Jr. - Junior's Cave - online Magazine (Dec 12, 2009)