Michael Anthony Nigro has been drawn to the sounds of the guitar since the age of 12. After several years of lessons with local teachers and self-study, he attended the prestigious Indiana University School of Music where he graduated with his Bachelor of Music Degree in 2000 under the direction of Ernesto Bitetti. After moving back to his native Southern California, he attended California State University, Fullerton and earned a Master of Music degree under the tutelage of David Grimes.
His discography includes a total of 5 recordings. His debut CD, “Homage to Piazzolla,” (Music & Arts CD1149) received critical acclaim from the American Record Guide and Classical Guitar Magazine. His second recording titled, “Guitar Sudamericana,” (Balcon Records 62607) features compositions by Jose Luis Merlin, Jorge Morel, Eduardo Falu, Villa-Lobos, and many others. “A Journey Through Latin America,” (2012) is Nigro’s most recent solo guitar release which features compositions by Isaac Albéniz, Francisco Tárrega, José Luis Merlin, and others. As a supporter of chamber music with guitar, Michael collaborated to record 2 CD’s with flute and guitar; “Between Flute and Guitar” (2009), and “As in Dreams” (2011) which features a new composition written by José Luis Merlin titled, Agua del Trapcihe.
Since 2004, Michael has been touring regularly as a soloist. He has performed in 29 states, giving concerts and master classes at many esteemed universities, church concert series, guitar societies, libraries, museums, and community concerts. Some of the colleges he has performed and given master classes at are; Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA, Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro, TN, Bates College in Lewiston, ME, Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, Amarillo Community College, TX, Glendale Community College, AZ, Marylhurst College in Portland, OR, and William Jessup University in Rocklin, CA. Michael is an active member of the guitar community; he is co-founder of the Long Beach Classical Guitar Society, independent reviewer of new music publications for the GFA (Guitar Foundation of America) periodical, Soundboard Magazine, and sought after teacher and performer.
Michael is on the faculty of Vanguard University of Southern California where he teaches class guitar, is co-director of the guitar ensemble, and hosts a studio of about 15 students. www.nigroclassicalguitar.com