Dr. Adam Pettit has engaged audiences across the United States, Canada, and Mexico with performances characterized by the Los Angeles Times as “meditative,” and “brilliantly colored, articulated and focused.” Locally, in Southern California, he has performed at a number of established venues including the American Guitar Society, KPFK’s Global Village, LACMA’s Sundays Live, and the Los Angeles Bach Festival.
Dr. Pettit is an experienced chamber musician, most notably with the award-winning Helios Guitar Quartet, with whom he recently performed at the 2011 Guitar Foundation of America Convention in Columbus, GA. In 2013, the Helios Quartet released their recording of the complete Well Tempered Clavier, Book 1 by J.S. Bach.
In addition to his solo appearances, Dr. Pettit collaborates with a number of ensembles in Southern California. Past appearances include the Santa Barbara Master Chorale, the South Coast Symphony, and the Orange County Guitar Orchestra. Dr. Pettit earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore in the studio of Julian Gray. He then continued his studies as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Southern California, where he earned the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree under the tutelage of William Kanengiser, and James Smith.
Dr. Pettit serves on the guitar faculty at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music and Orange Coast College.