A unique combination of classical guitar and saxophone features award-winning musicians Murilo Tanouye and Nick Russoniello. One of Sydney’s finest emerging classical duos, they always deliver fresh performances in a variety of musical styles. Their broad repertoire ranges from Argentinian tango to Spanish romantic music, from Bossa Nova standards to Classical repertoire.
Nick Russionello is a sought after chamber musician and also performs as a member of Continuum Sax (Australia’s foremost saxophone quartet) and The Sax Summit. With these ensembles Nick performs regularly across Australia.
Nick holds a BMus (First Class Honours) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He has studied internationally, completing a Biennio II at Milan’s G.Verdi Conservatorium (Italy), attending the European Summer Saxophone University (France) and undertaking a study trip to the U.K with the assistance of the Big Brother Movement.
Born in Brazil, Murilo Tanouye began his musical pursuit by learning Jazz and Bossa Nova on the guitar, his country’s national instrument. At age thirteen, he began having lessons with a self-taught popular guitarist that showed him the guitar style of Brazilian legends such as Baden Powell and Joao Gilberto.
Three years later, Murilo received a full scholarship to study in the US with distinguished American classical guitarist Carl Bernstein. In 2003 he was accepted to pursue further studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the guidance of Gregory Pikler and decided to move to Australia.
As well as being a respected soloist, Murilo is also a keen chamber musician. He has recently toured New South Wales with renowned pianist David Miller premiering a new work by Sydney-based composer Stephen Yates. Murilo is also part of the exciting Sydney Guitar Quartet, a group renowned for expanding the genre’s repertoire with innovative transcriptions of works by Bach and Webern. The SGQ, as it is commonly known, has recently been awarded the Sydney Council Performing Arts Chamber Music Award for its work with Australian composer Philip Houghton.
Since its formation in 2006, Nick and Murilo have attracted the attention of audiences, appearing in music festivals and giving concerts across the country. Recently the Duo has recorded for ABC Classic FM and Fine Music 102.5, performed at the Sydney Opera House for the prestigious Utzon Room Series and performed at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart.