Music Art Director

Mirko Guerrini

MIRKO GUERRINI was born in Florence in 1973. Has studied piano, saxophone, classical composition and jazz music at the Conservatorio “Cherubini” in Florence, as well as Jazz saxophone with Dave Liebman in New York.

Awards winner, eclectic and multi-instrumentalist, composer and orchestra conductor, he has 21 Cds to his credit as a solo sax player and leader of jazz ensembles, more than 60 CDs as a sideman. He is now leading the band ‘Mirko Guerrini Horizontal Quartet’ (Andrea Keller, Tamara Murphy and Niko Schauble) and he is also the co- leader of the acclaimed band ‘Torrio!’ with Paul Grabowsky and Niko Schauble.

Guerrini has released 6 books: 2 with a selection of his compositions by the well known label Carisch Ed, and 3 educational books dedicated to the Jazz Tenor Saxophone: Stan Getz, Joe Henderson and Oliver Nelson.

As an educator, Guerrini is now Adjunct Fellow and Teaching Associate at Monash University, Saxophone and Clarinet Teacher, Senior Big Band and Junior Big Band Conductor at various Melbourne colleges.

In 2020 Mirko Guerrini was awarded a Dean’s Sessional Commendation at Monash University for my ‘exceptional contribution to teaching and learning in the Faculty of Arts’.

He is also in great demand as a composer/ conductor with different Symphony Orchestras (Orchestra “A.Toscanini” of Parma, Orchestra Regionale Toscana, Orchestra della Campania and others), being the winner of International Music Competitions such as the “Concorso 2 Agosto di Bologna” (2000, 2005).

Has been invited as visiting professor at UTAS in Hobart in Australia as well as at the Banff Centre for Performing Arts in Canada (2010, 2012), and has been the Keynote speaker at a Conference on “Musical Perspectives” at the Warwick University, in Warwick, UK in 2012.