This program includes entirely new music written for the guitar, with a rich diversity of styles modelled on pieces spanning the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern Eras!
There will be works inspired by the Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, the Spanish master Torroba, Minuets by J.S. Bach, 19th century Romanticism and a masterwork paying tribute and reflection to the Australian year of 2020 "From Bushfires to Pandemic". Plus many more!
All pieces in this program have been composed by students of the Composition courses taught by Daniel Nistico and hosted by the Melbourne Guitar Festival this year.
These captivating and delightful pieces are new gems sure to become a popular addition to the modern guitar repertoire!
J.S. Bach (1685–1750)
BWV 1010 Cello Suite No. 4
(Arranged for guitar by Jesse Flowers)
Olivia Davies (1988*)
Heitor Villa Lobos (1887–1959)
- Prelude 1 in E minor
- Prelude 3 in A minor
- Prelude 4 in E minor
- Prelude 2 in E Major
Szászi Petra (1997*)
Hommage à Charles Bukowski
Phillip Houghton (1954–2017)
- Bronze Apollo
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 that can 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, frequently performing 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's website features rare method books, historical treatises, studies and pieces from earlier centuries. Daniel published the world premiere recording of '12 Etudes, Op. 40' by Leonard Schulz, which caught the attention of American guitarist David Leisner: "These Etudes are really exciting and of a high level, similar to the lesser piano works of the great composers of the era, like Schumann or Chopin. Daniel plays them very well indeed and makes a most convincing case for them."
Daniel has published several books on guitar playing, with topics including harmony, arpeggios and tremolo. 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.
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.