Peter Farrell

Peter Farrell was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1981. Son of the singer Claudia Fier and the saxophone player Lino Simão, he began studying music at school very young with an early interest in flute and violin.

Still very young, his mother introduced him to the jazz and classical world, giving him the opportunity to hear the music of George Benson, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Debussy, Ravel, Bach, Dori Caymmi, Toninho Horta, Bill Evan, Herbie Hancock and many others.

However, just like every teenager, Peter loved rock n’ roll and at the age of 11 he asked his mother to take him to a guitar teacher.  So he start studying guitar with José Walter, which gave him the first basic steps to rock and blues.

One year later, the young boy was taken by his aunt Léa Freire and his uncle Sizão Machado to a music conservatory called Groove, where he studied classical guitar, music theory and jazz guitar with Leyve Miranda and Luis Cavalcante. In this period Peter started going deep into the music of George Benson and Wes Montgomery.

Also in this period, Peter studied brazilian music with the extraordinary guitar player Lula Galvão, and also piano with the great pianist and arranger Edmundo Cassis, who gave him a new vision about harmony.

After many years of studying day and night, Peter started giving his first lessons and realized he had a great talent to teach and encourage others. Since then teaching has also  become his passion.

It did not take long until musicians all over the world started keeping their eyes on him because of his ability, technique and musicality. He was very advanced for an 18 years old boy. As a matter of fact, Peter was known in the musical scene as a prodigy since he was 14.

Sometime later Peter was introduced to his idol and mentor George Benson. The connection between them was instantaneous. The great Benson was amazed at Peter’s talent and how he had decoded many of his secrets. After a few months of friendship, Peter became Mr. Benson’s private student and it has continued for the past 15 years.

During the last six years Peter Farrell and George Benson have been dedicated to this collection of method books that they have created together: The George Benson Method.

Peter Farrell has recorded and played with many great artists all over the world such as Jane Monheit, Brian McKnight, Eumir Deodato, Cesar Camargo Mariano, Romero Lubambo, Adam Rogers, and Didier Lockwood just to name a few.