B i o g r a p h y
Marco Antonio San Nicolás began his career as a concert guitarist at the age of 12 and, since then, has offered concerts throughout Spain, Europe, North America, Central América and Asia, including such prestigious venues as the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore and the Symphonic Hall at the National Auditorium of Spain in Madrid.
Marco Antonio San Nicolás completed his studies in guitar at the Superior Conservatory of Music of Cordoba in 2008 with honors. In 2009, he received a full, joint scholarship from the Spanish government and Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland, United States) to study at the Peabody Conservatory with renowned guitarist Manuel Barrueco. The latter says of his student: “He is one of the most talented young guitarists that I have met in all of Spain.” In 2011, he received his degree with the highest honors.
He has shared concert programs with such guitar greats as B. B. King, George Benson and Paco de Lucia. He has also played as a soloist with such orchestras as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and he has worked with such conductors as Marin Alsop and Michael Thomas. He has recorded for the radio and television in Europe and U.S. After his performance at the International Guitar Festival of Cordoba, the most prestigious event of the world of the guitar, the newspaper “Cordoba” wrote: “solid concert guitarist, naturally endowed for communicating with his audience, Marco Antonio San Nicolás shows a sincere, artistic engagement with the music that he plays and obtains from his guitar a full-bodied sound rich in nuance. As an instrumentalist, he possesses all the technical skills necessary to develop thoroughly his musical potential, which is immense.”
San Nicolas has earned top prizes at major national and international competitions: First prize in the Cordoba International Guitar Festival Competition; first prize in the Francisco Tarrega International Guitar Competition in Villareal; first prize in the Cantabria International Guitar Competition; first prize in the Ruperto Chapi National Competition (string division) and first prize in the Isaac Albeniz National Guitar Competition to name a few.
In 2009, the Spanish composer Agustin Sánchez wrote a score especially for, and played for the first time by, Marco Antonio entitled, “Fantasy on a Popular Romanian Theme.” Marco Antonio has also recorded a CD with several works by Spanish composer F. M. Torroba.
Marco Antonio is currently professor at the Conservatory of Reims, France, Masterclass teacher at the Yameng's Guitar Center in Qingdao (Chine) and guess teacher at the Cordoba's Superior Conservatory of Music (Spain).