The Hollywood Guitar Duo is Scott Morris and Isamu Nakashio. The two began playing together in 1999 as members of a guitar quartet performing in Hawaii. The group included guitarist Benjamin Verdery whom they both studied with at Yale University. In 2001, Mr. Nakashio moved to Los Angeles from New York and they began rehearsing. The duo immediately started performing concerts to very enthusiastic audiences. Upcoming performances include concerts in several major U.S. cities, Costa Rica, and Asia.
Scott Morris Scott Morris began playing the guitar at the age of nine. At the age of seventeen he moved to Los Angeles and began studying with John Dearman of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. He received his Bachelor's degree from the Thornton School of Music at USC, a Master's degree form yale University, and his Doctorate of Musical Arts from Claremont Graduate University. He also holds diplomas from the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria, and the Musician's Institute in Hollywood, California. Scott spent three summers studying at the Aspen Music Festival with Sharon Isbin. His main teachers have been William Kanengeiser, Scott Tennant, Jack Sanders, Pepe Romero, Ben Verdery, and Sharon Isbin. He has several solo recordings available on Eroica Classical Recordings: Variations: 19th Century Guitar Music and Invocation. Mr. Morris gave his New York solo recital debut at Carnegie hall in April of 1998.
A native of Japan, Isamu Nakashio began guitar studies at an early age. He received his Bachelor's degree from the New England Conservatory and four diplomas from the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria. He holds Master's degrees in music from the Mannes College of music in New York City and from Yale University. Mr. Nakashio studied for several summers in Domaine Forget, Canada with David Russell and manuel Barrueco, his teachers include Neil Anderson, David Leisner, Fredric hand, Jack Sanders, and Benjamin Vendery. He has performed throughout the U.S., Japan, Canada, and Europe. Isamu gave his New York solo recital debut at Carnegie hall in February of 1998.