Nicola Mandorino, geologist and musician, was born in Taranto, Italy, in 1963. He started studying the piano 14 years of age and at the same time began teaching himself the guitar. After a short period of interest in classical guitar, he found that classical guitar has a close relationship to the jazz and fingerpicking styles. He learned by listening and studying the recordings of the great guitarists and by attending numerous courses and master classes.
In 1986 he started a long concert career as a guitarist of many jazz styles including the "Tina Palmisano Jazz Quartet". He worked intently at improving the technique of fingerstyle jazz and continued the study of advanced technical fingerpicking.
With the wealth of experience and studies accumulated over the years, in 1992 he began working as an instructor teaching modern jazz guitar, blues, fingerpicking and also taught many basic courses for beginners and adults. He gradually abandoned the traditional methods of teaching and began to develop his own methods that were more modern and closer to the real interests of his students. These methods are proving to be very effective and hundreds of students over the years have enrolled in his courses. His courses make learning to play the guitar fun and help students develop a passion for their instrument.
Currently, he is a teacher of modern guitar at the Music Learning Center and at several Italian musical associations in the province of Taranto, Italy. His courses help his students maintain a high level of interest and participation. Simultaneously, he continues to play concerts for the public by offering a repertoire of songs consisting of fingerpicking, jazz, country, bluegrass and Irish folk.