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Daniel Nistico

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DMA (abd), MMus, BMus(Hons)

Daniel was first attracted to the guitar by its mysterious resonances and beautiful tone colours. To this day, Daniel strives to communicate those qualities to listeners with a command of the instrument that is world-class. He has captivated audiences in Chile, Serbia, New Zealand, China, the USA, and the Czech Republic. Daniel has won prizes at national and international competitions, including the Lions Club Global Youth Music Competition and The World Competition.

Daniel has performed at prestigious venues across Australia including ABC’s Iwaki Auditorium, Arts Centre Melbourne, High Court of Australia and Brisbane City Hall. He was broadcast on ABC Classic FM’s ‘Rising Stars’ segment (hosted by Graham Abbott) and has also been featured on 3MBS Fine Music Radio and SBS Radio.

Daniel recently completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (abd) at the Eastman School of Music, one of the USA’s leading music institutions. There he studied with Nicholas Goluses and Grammy-award winning artist Paul O’Dette, one of the world’s leading early music specialists. Daniel was the first guitarist in the school’s 94 year history to be nominated for an Artist Certificate award, which acknowledges performance standards of the highest quality. Daniel completed his Master of Music at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and received his Bachelor of Music with Honours from the Victorian College of the Arts. At both institutions he studied with Aria-award winning guitarist Tonié Field and internationally renowned pianist Dr. Donna Coleman.

Daniel began playing guitar at age 12, first taught by his father. His passion quickly grew and he attended the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) Young Academy, where he performed regularly and received masterclasses. During this time, Daniel studied with Susan Ellis (student of Sadie Bishop, who was a pupil of Andrés Segovia). Training at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS) soon followed and here Daniel won the Most Outstanding Soloist Award. During his time at VCASS Daniel studied with Benjamin Dix, a member of the highly acclaimed Melbourne Guitar Quartet.

Daniel’s mission is to broaden the horizons of the classical guitar through performing and teaching. He has written several books on guitar playing that cover aspects including harmony, scales, tremolo and historical performance practice. Fundamental Harmony was his first book, and in it Daniel combines quotes and paintings to vividly evoke a mood for each key. Daniel’s debut album, Un Viaje Mistico … A Mystical Journey, was featured in Soundboard Magazine and Classical Guitar n’ Stuff. The album contains a mix of rare gems and popular guitar classics and was described as “a truly fantastic recording”. Daniel recently released the world-premiere recording of Leonard Schulz’s 12 Etudes and this was highly praised by David Leisner, who was described by American Record Guide as “among the finest guitarists of all time”. Daniel continues to perform, record and promote previously unknown classical guitar music through his blog, The Resourceful Guitarist.

These details were last updated on October 16, 2017