James Keretses maintains a multifaceted career as an ensemble musician, soloist, and educator. As a member of the award-winning Baltimore Guitar Duo and, as of 2023, the Atlantic Guitar Quartet, he has performed extensively throughout the east coast. Through his ensemble work, he has premiered new works by Cody Criswell, Kirk-Evan Billet, and Olga Amelkina-Vera.
He is a dedicated and passionate teacher and has built a successful studio of both Suzuki and traditional classical guitar students at the Peabody Preparatory in Baltimore, MD. In addition to directing youth guitar ensembles, he is the assistant director of Fret Fest, the co-director of Peabody Youth Guitar Week, and the Youth Guitar Coordinator for the Peabody Preparatory guitar department.
Keretses holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree from Peabody Conservatory. In 2020, he earned his D.M.A. degree in Guitar Performance from Peabody with his research area being the Elizabethan-era composer, Anthony Holborne. His primary teachers were Christopher Berg and Julian Gray. He is a certified Suzuki teacher and received his training under William Kossler.