As an international concert artist, Mr. Nigro has performed across the Unites States and abroad, playing concerts in the Philippines, Argentina, Chile, France, Greece and Bulgaria. He has given concerts and master classes for numerous universities, performing arts centers, church concert series, guitar societies, libraries, and museums, including Auditorio Juan Victoria in San Juan, Argentina, Salon Parroquial-Conciertos “El Rincon” in Villa-General Belgrano, Argentina, and the Ventura County, Colorado Springs, Sacramento, Bloomington, Jefferson, Knoxville, and Portland Guitar Societies.
As a recording artist, his discography includes a total of 5 CD’s: His debut CD, “Homage to Piazzolla,” received critical acclaim from the American Record Guide and Classical Guitar Magazine. His second recording titled,“Guitar Sudamericana,” features compositions by José Luis Merlin, Jorge Morel, Eduardo Falú, Antonio Lauro and Villa-Lobos. Most Recently “A Journey through Latin America,” features compositions by Gentil Montaña, Isaac Albéniz, Francisco Tárrega, and José Luis Merlin. As a supporter of chamber music with guitar, Mr. Nigro collaborated to record 2 CD’s with flute and guitar; “Between Flute and Guitar” and “As in Dreams…Reflections for Flute and Guitar” which features the premiere recording of a new composition by José Luis Merlin titled, Agua del Trapcihe.
In 2015, Trio Camino was formed when Michael Nigro joined the established duo of David Grimes and Gregory Newton. The Trio has already gained an enviable reputation for intensely musical performances of uniquely colorful programs. Together the trio has performed across the U.S., and have been invited to guitar festivals and chamber music festivals around the globe.
From 2006-2018 Michael was an Assistant Professor of Music at Vanguard University where he established a thorough and comprehensive guitar program that included a cycle of guitar based courses in Guitar Literature, Pedagogy, and Fretboard Techniques. He also taught Guitar Ensemble, Guitar Quartet, Beginning Guitar, and Intro to Music. As director of the Vanguard University Guitar Ensemble, Michael was responsible for organizing several tours and establishing the group as a first rate ensemble with the release of their debut CD, Soundscapes. Michael was also the Director of the Vanguard University Guitar Festival which brought in schools and performers from Austin, Texas to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
In 2018, Michael moved to Tucson, Arizona where he currently teaches guitar at the Academy of Math and Science. After moving to Tucson, he joined forces with Jose Luis Puerta, Alfredo Vasquez and George Ramirez and formed the Tucson Guitar Quartet. Their debut was a sold out performance at Holsclaw Hall at the University of Arizona. In November 2019, they premiered a new piece for guitar quartet, "An American in Bahia," at an Assad Duo concert. The piece was written by Sergio Assad and dedicated to Thomas Patterson.
Michael holds a Master of Music degree in Guitar Performance from California State University, Fullerton and a Bachelor of Music degree in Guitar Performance from Indiana University, Bloomington. His principle teachers were David Grimes and Ernesto Bitetti. He is an active member of the guitar community; he is co-founder of the Long Beach Classical Guitar Society, co-author of “The Essential Classical Guitar Scale Book,” reviewer of new music publications for Soundboard, and sought after teacher and performer.
Michael is Savarez endorsed artist and exclusively uses Savarez Cantiga Strings 510AJ.