Resident Composer

Resident Composer

Michelle Nelson leads the guitar section of Concordia and has composed several pieces played and recorded by the ensemble.

Michelle is a teacher, performer and composer, equally at home on both classical and electric guitars. She holds a Bachelor of Music (honours) from Melbourne University and a Licentiate diploma in classical guitar.

Michelle has had extensive live playing experience in a wide variety of performance situations, including full-time Rock cover bands, original Rock groups, vocal and guitar duos,, classical guitar duos and guitar and flute duos.

Michelle has taught full-time since 1987 and is a fully accredited member of the Victorian Music Teachers Association. She specializes in classical guitar (especially classical era to modern) and in Rock sand Blues styles (old and new) on the electric guitar.

As well as producing many fine compositions for classical guitar (solo and ensemble), Michelle has written a series of grade examination books for the ANZCA modern guitar syllabus. She has also written works for mandolin orchestra, which have been performed and recorded, to enthusiastic acclaim.

In 2016, Michelle released a solo guitar CD ‘Return to the Dance’ on which she performs a set of new compositions for solo classical guitar that reflect dance rhythms associated with the guitar from the Baroque to the current era. Her ‘Homage to JS Bach’ which features on this album, won the 2013 Composition Competition offered jointly by Classical Society of Victoria and the Australian Bach Society. The 2013 competition was judged by Richard Charlton.