Michelle Nelson Bio

Michelle Nelson Guitarist

Welcome to the website of Michelle Nelson, composer, guitarist and creative educator; a musician committed to developing instrumental works that are contemporary but also draw from traditional composition. 

Her popular FM radio works Brolga Dances, Capricorn Light and Pacifica (2009) and Amorevolezza (2005) reflect these aims. Michelle is driven by the belief that, in an era of computer-generated music the art of music composition in the modern world is more vital than ever, and that the most original work can only come from the imagination of skilled artists. 

In July 2013 Michelle can proudly announce the release of the first solo disc of exclusively her own compositions:<--break->

After The Fire - Featured Songs

  • Bells of Beechworth
  • Flute and Guitar Sonata
  • Harmony on Lyttleton Street

Bach Award

Bach Competition Winner 2013

Winner of 2013 ‘Homage to Bach’ Composition Competition.
A prize offered jointly by Classical Society of Victoria and the Australian Bach Society, the 2013 competition was judged by Richard Charlton and the winning entry was The Guitarist’s Bach by Michelle Nelson. This work is modelled on the so-called ‘Lute Suites’ by JS Bach and uses two short phrases from those famous works, as the starting point for a new five-movement suite that honours the traditional Bach structure, whilst also incorporating some subtle elements of modern harmony.

For more detailed notes about The Guitarist’s Bach please visit the
Australian Bach Society website: www.bach.org.au