Michael Lucarelli was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He began his music education on the electric guitar after hearing the group Led Zepplin. Later, Michael discovered the classical guitar and began his studies with Peruvian Guitarist Ricardo Linares. Mr. Lucarelli went on to receive his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Utah and his Master of Music from the University of Arizona in Guitar performance. Currently Michael lives in Salt Lake City with his wife Shahla, where he enjoys performing, recording, teaching, and composing for the classical guitar. Michael performs extensively for weddings, concerts, festivals, and private events throughout Utah and the U.S. Some of his Utah performances have included appearances at Capitol Theatre, Gardner Hall, Peery's Egyptian Theatre, Temple Square Concert Series, Utah State University, BYU, Dixie College, Snow College, and Westminster College. He has performed regularly at the Utah Arts Festival, Helper Arts festival, Brown Bag Concert series, and First Night. During the 2002 Winter Olympics, Michael had the honor of performing for the Athletes at the Olympic Village. He has appeared on several radio and television programs including the TV series 'Touched by an Angel'. Michael has been on the Utah Performing Arts Tour roster for several seasons, and in 1995 & 2005 he was the recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from the Utah Arts Council. Aside from being a critically acclaimed solo artist, Michael's six CD's have received enthusiastic reviews world wide. Classical Guitar Magazine from England writes 'Lucarelli gets to the soul of this music and gives a fine interpretation, whetting the appetite... a fine, well performed, thoughtful program from a very engaging player.' The Tucson Citizen writes: 'In his playing, tone and attack, color and heart are precisely weighted, balanced and applied. He brings skill, taste and passion to a carefully selected, flowing recital disk that invites repeated listening'.