Welcome to my website! Watch this space for the latest news and announcements.


my @SFCV review of @calperformances Ensemble Intercontemporain’s opening performance:…

About 3 weeks ago from Giacomo Fiore’s Twitter

Next Show

No shows booked at the moment.


You can hear all of my studio releases by clicking on the album covers below.

iv: american electric guitars

For the past few years I have been exploring the possibilities of the electric guitar as a classical “concert” instrument. My latest project, iv: american electric guitars includes four works by living American composers, representing some of today’s current styles and compositional trends: until it blazes by Eve Beglarian; another possibility by Christian Wolff; hair of the thing that bit you by Anthony Porter; and freeHorn by Larry Polansky. Recorded in April 2013 at California State University, Monterey Bay (Seaside, CA). The album is available in vinyl with digital download, or in digital-only editions.

Vinyl album $25.00


Includes digital download (please provide a valid email address for download instructions), plus free U.S. shipping of a 12″ vinyl copy with deluxe gatefold packaging, hot off the presses. International orders will incur an additional $10 shipping charge (shipping vinyl overseas is very expensive…)

Digital Only $5.00

Available on Bandcamp and many other digital music distributors.

This project was supported by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from the Helen F. Whitaker Fund, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust.

Colors: Modern Music for Guitar

My third release, Colors includes four mesmerizing and evocative works from contemporary composers Toru Takemitsu, Michael Tippett, Lou Harrison, and Benjamin Britten. Recorded in San Francisco, California, March 2011.

Purchase a copy for $15.00 + s/h

Download a Digital Copy

My favorite outlet is Bandcamp, but you can also find my music on all major digital storefronts.

[...]a CD that invites repeated listening, and repeated listening is always the perfect vehicle for moving from surface structure to deep structure. Fiore has prepared a most inviting program through this recording, and the invitation is well worth accepting.
——Stephen Smoliar, SF Examiner

‘Colors’ is a recording filled with excellent repertoire, interesting playing, and spirited performances. I look forward to his future projects and recommend you check him out.
——Bradford Werner,


Released in March 2009, Genteel collects my main influences as an interpreter and performer. Recorded in San Francisco, California, in August 2008.

Purchase a copy for $15.00 + s/h

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My favorite outlet is Bandcamp, but you can also find my music on all major digital storefronts.

Every piece is executed beautifully, with just enough embellishment to showcase the great melodies[...]perfect background for a quiet Sunday or at the end of a workday, with a glass of rose in hand. Recommended.
——Jamie Anderson @

The overall feel of the record is that of a performer who is one with his instrument and plays with great command, sensitivity and a love for and of the music that is evident from start to finish.
——Perf DeCastro

Tones From an Open Heart

My debut release, Tones from an Open Heart is a collection of original fingerstyle music for steel-string and classical guitar. Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, in February-March 2005.

Temporarily SOLD OUT

Only available as a digital copy for the time being

Download a Digital Copy

My favorite outlet is Bandcamp, but you can also find my music on all major digital storefronts.

There are few guitarists today that make me forget about the guitar itself, and leave me just enjoying the music. Giacomo Fiore has done that…and with apparent ease, all throughout this CD.
——Larry Pattis

I’ll be playing this CD for a long time…This is a very enjoyable effort–one I recommend for all fingerstyle enthusiasts.
——Peter Ragains @ Minor 7th

  • iv: american electric guitars

    iv: american electric guitars

  • Colors: Modern Music for Guitar

    Colors: Modern Music for Guitar

  • Genteel


  • Tones From an Open Heart

    Tones From an Open Heart


Upcoming Shows

No shows booked at the moment.

Past Shows

Date City Venue Country
Giacomo Fiore in
Santa Cruz CA
Y2K15 Looping Festival US

Time: 5:00pm.

Admission: $15.

Age restrictions: All Ages.

Address: 1060 River St #111.

Giacomo Fiore in
San Francisco CA
University of San Francisco US

Time: 8:00pm.

Age restrictions: All Ages.

Music faculty recital

Giacomo Fiore in
San Francisco, CA
Center for New Music US

Time: 7:30pm.

Age restrictions: All Ages.

Address: 55 Taylor Street.

New Music Open Mic

Giacomo Fiore in
San Francisco
First Unitarian Universalitst Chapel US

Time: 7:30pm.

Address: 1187 Franklin St.

With Adam Miller.

Giacomo Fiore in
Omaha NE
Omaha Under the Radar US

Time: 6:30pm.

Address: 1111 Jones St.

Giacomo Fiore in
New London, MN
The Little Theater US

Time: 8:00pm.

Address: 24 Central Ave E.

With Lonnie Knight

Giacomo Fiore in
Chicago, IL
Constellation US

Time: 8:30pm.

Address: 3111 N Western Ave.

With Amanda Schoofs

Giacomo Fiore in
Cambridge, MA
Club Passim US

Time: 5:00pm.

Address: 47 Palmer St.

Workshop with Ken and Adam

Giacomo Fiore in
Cambridge, MA
Club Passim US

Time: 3:00pm.

Address: 47 Palmer St.

With Ken Bonfield and Adam Miller

Giacomo Fiore in
Gloucester, MA
Artistry of the Guitar US

Time: 7:30pm.

Address: 6 Wonson St.

With Ken Bonfield and Adam Miller

You can also download a PDF archive of performances back to 2002.


As a bit of a gearhead, I was bound to have at least a portion of my website dedicated to the instruments and accessories I use most. Here goes… (pictures may be added in the future)


2012 Greg Byers Classical, Spruce/E.I.Rosewood
2009 Republic Tricone Resonator, refretted in JI after a tuning developed by Lou Harrison
1998 Parker Fly Classic, featuring extensive rewiring for maximum flexibility by the great Gary Brawer

Also in the stable:
2007 Paul McGill Classical, Cedar/Cocobolo
1994 Fabio Ragghianti Classical, Spruce/Maple
Special mention to McIlroy Guitars—I used an A25 for many years (including recording “Tones…”)


1964 “Transitional” Fender Princeton, 1×10, Bias Tremolo, packs a lot of punch for the small size
1961 “Brown” Fender Pro, 1×15, Harmonic Tremolo. 50 lbs. of happiness.
L.R. Baggs A-Ref for amplified acoustic gigs

Effects and Misc

Trombetta Mini-bone and Tornita! KS fuzzes
Moog Minifooger Ring Mod
Moog MF104M Super Delay
Montreal Assembly Count to Five
Strymon Timeline/Looper
Bosst and Saturnworks utility stuff (volume, buffer, blender)

Headway Preamplifier for the acoustic instruments
Line Audio CM3 condenser microphone

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    Upcoming Shows

  • Past Shows

    Past Shows

  • Gear




I was born in Genova, Italy, one sunny September morning in 1983. me behind a guitar
I first picked up the guitar when I was 8; actually, I really wanted to play the piano, but there was no way one would fit in our old home, so… I learned the basics from a family friend, then continued strumming happily on my own. When I went for my first lesson with Armando Corsi, one of Genova’s (and Italy’s) most talented acoustic guitarists, I was sure I knew all there was to know. I was wrong.
Luckily enough, Armando proved to be a very patient teacher, and I let him steer me on the right track. He introduced me to the nuanced world of unaccompanied guitar playing, exposing me to a variety of fiery folk and world styles in our weekly lessons. His encouragement and tutoring also impacted my first attempts at writing for the guitar.

Music was then my secondary focus, but some time during my first year as a pre-med college student I realized that I owed it to myself to do what I loved full time. The previous summer, I had met Muriel Anderson at a guitar workshop in Portland, Oregon. She suggested I pursue a music major at an American school, and her tip led me to Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. After the initial culture shock (biscuits and gravy, anyone?) I quickly found my sea legs and began making the most of the plethora of opportunities that the college and city offered me; this period also saw the gradual shift of my interests from the folk and fingerstyle genres, to the world of classical guitar.

JI guitar pickingAfter graduating from Belmont in December of 2006, I was fortunate enough to be able to continue my studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, under the brilliant and stimulating tutelage of David Tanenbaum. The two years at 50 Oak St. went by in a blur, as my horizons were stretched and my musicianship sharpened well beyond what I thought were my limits. During my second year I served as the Guitar Department Assistant, and I decided to focus more and more on music by composers from the postwar period; the program of my graduation recital in May 2009 featured music written since 1967 exclusively.

The next step of my musical journey began in the fall of 2009, when I chose to continue my graduate studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I was extremely fortunate to find advisors such as Amy Beal, Leta Miller, and Larry Polansky, who encouraged me to keep close to my instrument and continue my development as a scholar-performer. In June 2013 I completed my Ph.D., focusing mainly development of just intonation guitars in 20th-century American music, with particular emphasis on the works of Lou Harrison, James Tenney, and Larry Polansky.

Since then I have been teaching a diverse set of courses (including 20th/21st Century Classical Music Surveys, Improvisation, Music Appreciation, the Hollywood Musical, and the Music of the Beatles) at the San Francisco Conservatory, UCSC, USF, and Cal State Monterey Bay. I also serve as the Artistic Director of Tangents Guitar Series.


Modern, Contemporary, and New

Eve Beglarian (b. 1958)

Benjamin Britten (1913–1976)
Leo Brouwer (b. 1939)
Agustín Castilla-Ávila (b. 1974)
Peter Maxwell Davies (b. 1934)
Nick Didkovsky (b. 1958)
Garry Eister (b. 1952)

Christopher Fox (b. 1955)
Dai Fujikura (b. 1977)
Matthew Grasso (b. 1972)
Lou Harrison (1917–2003)
Toshio Hosokawa (b. 1955)
Simone Iannarelli (b. 1970)
Aaron Jay Kernis (b. 1960)
Joan Manén (1883–1971)
Ron Nagorcka (b. 1948)

Fernanda Aoki Navarro
Makiko Nishikaze (b. 1968)
Kenji Oh (b.1981)
Maurice Ohana (1912–1992)
Michael Parsons (b.1938)
Larry Polansky (b. 1954)

Anthony Porter (b. 1981)
Manuel Maria Ponce (1882-1948)
Lanier Sammons (b. 1983)

Giacinto Scelsi (1905–1988)
Edward Schocker (b. 1971)
Peter Sculthorpe (b. 1929)
Toru Takemitsu (1930–1996)
Alexandre Tansman (1897–1986)
James Tenney (1934–2006)

Michael Tippett (1905–1998)
Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887–1959)
Christian Wolff (b. 1934)
Yukihiro Yoko (b. 1925)

Until it Blazes (el)
I Am Really a Very Simple Person (el, ens)
I’m Worried Now, But I Won’t Be Worried Long (el, ens)
Nocturnal after John Dowland
El Decameron Negro
Il Velo di Iside (for microtonal guitar, wp)
Hill Runes; Farewell to Stromness
I Kick My Hand (el)
Arirang and Sanjo (JI)
Whom Follows Who (JI, wp)
The Boy and the Chocolate (5-min opera, wp)
The Grain of Abstraction (el, JI)
Three Spirits (JI, wp)
Scenes from Nek Chand (JI)
Selections from Italian Coffee
Ciacona, from Partita
About 7 (JI, wp)
Just Dance (JI, wp)
Fendas (el)
St. Michael’s Garden
Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura (wp)
Talea 5 (el)
Eskimo Lullaby (JI); 85 Chords (JI, wp)
freeHorn (JI/el, with live electronics)
three translations for electric guitar (wp)
…getting rid of the glue…
ii-v-i (el, ens, JI)
hair of the thing that bit you (el)
Sonatina Meridional
Pollical Variations (wp)
Contact; Loose Can(n)on; Points; Your Move (ens, wp)
Dodecachordon (el, ens, JI, wp)
From Kakadu
All in Twilight
Harmonium II (el, ens, JI)
Water on the mountain…Fire in heaven (el, ens, JI)
Spectrum 4 (el, ens, JI)
Critical Band (el, ens, JI)
The Blue Guitar
Five Preludes
Another Possibility (el)
Sakura Variations

(ens) ensemble piece
(el) electric guitar
(JI) work in just intonation
(wp) world premiere


Joaquin Rodrigo (1901–1999)
Peter Sculthorpe
Heitor Villa-Lobos
Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741)

Concierto de Aranjuez
Concerto for Guitar and Small Orchestra
Concerto for Lute RV.93

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“The tones and drones that arise from [the guitar’s] interaction with the algorithm have the feel of an alap in Indian classical music, slow and atmospheric massaging of sounds in preparation for a fiery electric raga
——The Wire

“Fiore’s performance holds an impeccable balance between warmth and technical discipline, letting tiny traces of his identity twist into the fabric of composer intention.”
——ATTN Magazine

Scenes from Nek Chand [...] was given an inspired performance by Fiore, who brought appropriate character to each movement: sensitive introspection for “Leaning Lady,” mercurial dancelike energy for “Rock Garden,” and an admirable flexibility for “Sinuous Arcade With Swings in the Arches.””
San Francisco Classical Voice

“His solo contribution is without a doubt and easily the strongest of the evening…sensual are his melodies, beauty over virtuosity, and that’s certainly the strongest point of this young guitarist who’s just on his way, certainly not at the end of his musical journey.”
——Kieler Nachrichten

Review and Performance Archives

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Download a PDF archive of performances back to 2002.

Promo Pics

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