Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “the excellent guitarist in Henze’s unsettled score”, Michael Kudirka is among the most committed, daring, and diversely talented of the current generation of virtuoso guitarists. Kudirka has recently completed three production runs of Thomas Adès's “The Exterminating Angel” at the Salzburger Festspiele, The Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), and The Metropolitan Opera of New York, accompanying international opera superstars Anne Sofie von Otter and Alice Coote. An avid and long-time advocate of cutting-edge new music, Kudirka worked personally with Adès on the composer’s first-ever music written for guitar. A DVD of The Met's Fall 2017 production will be released by Deutsche Grammophone. Kudirka has also collaborated with 2017 MacArthur Foundation ‘Genius’ Award Winner Yuval Sharon in his production of Veronika Krausas’s chamber opera The Mortal Thoughts of Lady Macbeth.
Michael Kudirka performs around the globe and has appeared in recital at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music (China), Darmstadt Ferienkurse Fur Neue Musik (Germany), Le Chappelle Historique du Bon Pasteur (Montreal), Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), Conservatorio de Las Rosas (Mexico), Ono Guitar School (Japan), Palace of Fine Arts (San Francisco), Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), Zipper Recital Hall (Los Angeles), REDCAT (Los Angeles), Flatfile Galleries (Chicago), Lincoln Recital Hall (Portland), and many others. He has performed at numerous festivals and guitar societies including the 2011 Guitar Foundation of America Convention, Baldwin-Wallace International Guitar Festival, Portland Guitar Festival, American Guitar Society, Jacaranda – Music at the Edge, Pacific Standard Time’s Stravinsky Retrospective, Austin Classical Guitar Society, New Mexico Guitar Festival, Grand Canyon Guitar Society, Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s “Sunday’s Live”, American Composers Forum, MicroFest, Seattle Classical Guitar Society, Northwest Guitar Society, Other Minds 8, and Music of Changes.
He is a first-prize winner at the Portland International Guitar Competition, University of Southern California Guitar Concerto Competition, American String Teachers Association Guitar Competition, and Pacific Guitar Competition. Michael Kudirka is also the recipient of many grants and awards including the prestigious Theodor Presser Foundation Award, Danish Arts Council Grant, American Composers Forum Subito Grant, and the California Arts Council’s Touring and Presenting Program.
In addition to his work as a solo concert artist, Michael Kudirka tours in a flute and guitar chamber ensemble, Duo Amantis, with flutist Tara Schwab. Their debut album, featuring 21st-century music for flute and guitar by Bogdanovic, Holmes, Tadic, and Ourkouzounov will be released by Les Éditions Doberman-Yppan in 2018.
Dr. Kudirka received his BM and DMA from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music where he studied with William Kanengiser, James Smith, and Brian Head, and his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts where he studied with Miroslav Tadic. He has taught at the Idyllwild Arts Academy, California Institute of the Arts, University of Southern California, Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
He is sponsored by D’Addario and Augustine strings.