Daniel Nistico

Dr. Daniel Nistico is a passionate performer, author and educator who specializes in the performance practice of 18th and 19th century guitar music. Daniel’s teaching and research aims to revitalize the concept of being a well-rounded musician, with emphasis on topics like harmony, which lead to deeper musical understanding and provide tools for composing and improvising.

Daniel has performed across Australia, New Zealand, South America, North America, China and Europe. He has been described as “a truly gifted artist and soloist” (Christopher McGuire, Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society) and “a world class artist who plays at the highest levels of instrumental virtuosity” (Nicholas Goluses, Eastman School of Music).

Daniel is also an enthusiastic chamber musician, having performed internationally in ‘Duo Vela’ with wife and duo partner Marla Nistico. Acclaimed American composer John Anthony Lennon recently dedicated his work “infinite arrow” to the duo.

Daniel strives to promote guitar music that has not had the fortune of being widely performed. His debut solo album ‘Un Viaje Mistico… A Mystical Journey’ is a result of this cause, containing hidden gems of the guitar’s repertoire including works by English composer William Lovelady, and American composer John Anthony Lennon.

Daniel completed his Bachelor of Music (BMusHons) at the Victorian College of the Arts and Master of Music (MMus) at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, studying with Tonié Field and Dr. Donna Coleman. Daniel completed his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, USA.

Daniel has published multiple books on guitar playing, with topics including harmony, technique and historical performance practice. He currently maintains a guitar studio online and in person, with students from China, Canada, Portugal, Taiwan, New Zealand, the USA, Africa and the Philippines.

In 2021, Daniel launched an online school called ‘The Creative Classical Guitarist’, which gives guitarists a platform for their creativity to grow and shine. Since that launch, over 100 new works have been composed for guitar, with pieces being published by Bergmann Editions and performed by leading guitarists including Craig Ogden.