Daniel Nistico - Biography

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 (Hons) 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.


For technique guidance from Daniel

Daniel Nistico is available for private guitar instruction in Melbourne.

Please call him on 0455 274 744 for more information and to arrange a free trial lesson, or
Click here for information on Daniel's Skype lessons

About Daniel Nistico - the Resourceful Guitarist

The Resourceful Guitarist aims to help make you a resourceful guitarist by giving you easy access to free resources, pieces, and information that isn't easily available but can have powerful impacts on your playing. 

I also aim to promote guitar music that is obscure today, but in my opinion, deserves much greater attention and recognition. This is stuff that you could easily spend hundreds, or even thousands of dollars on - scores, method books, recordings, lessons, etc.

The work I do is to search thoroughly for exceptional resources and promote them via writing, recordings, and videos.

I am truly passionate about this cause, so I keep this service free to you and have no ads. I pour many hours each day into this - in researching, practicing, recording, producing videos, making booklets, translating, and writing.

If you find value in what I do and would like to donate to this cause, then please consider becoming a patron and giving a recurring donation each month. These funds will assist me in website maintenance, video production, audio recordings, access to libraries, and more! Ultimately, you will be part of the mission to spread these old guitar treasures to people around the world. You will help to expand the guitar's cultural borders and ensure that its important history doesn't lay dormant.

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