Michael Kudirka is a classical guitarist with many interests including collaborations with living composers, chamber music with guitar, and historical performance practice on lute and theorbo. Performing internationally throughout Europe, Asia, and North America he has appeared in many notable concert series, including Other Minds 8, the 43rd Darmstadt Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Montreal's "Musique Contemporaine", Portland Guitar Festival, Guitar Foundation of America 2011 International Convention, Jacaranda "Music at the Edge", and the L.A. Philharmonic's "Minimalist Jukebox", among many others. He has won first prize at several major guitar competitions including the 2000 Portland International Guitar Competition, the American String Teachers Association Competition, the Pacific Guitar Competition, and the University of Southern California Concerto Competition. He has won grants from the Theodor Presser Foundation, the California Arts Council, and the American Composer's Forum and has held faculty positions at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Interlochen Arts Academy, University of Southern California, and Idyllwild Arts Academy.

“Technically demanding and musically fascinating,...this performance was exceptional.”

- Karen E. Moorman, Classical Voice of North Carolina