About Michael

Michael Stoop is a Wellington-based guitarist, composer, and teacher. He co-founded Wellington Music Lessons in 2012, and he has been teaching guitar to students of all ages, levels, and styles ever since. Michael majored in Classical Guitar Performance at the New Zealand School of Music, and completed his Bachelor of Music in 2012. While at university, Michael studied guitar with Matthew Marshall and Dr. Jane Curry, composition with Gao Ping, and he was selected to perform in many master classes with international artists such as Miguel Trapaga, Fabriccio Mattos, Duo Saxe, Maria Isabel Siewers, Guilherme Vincens, Ricardo Gallen, John Griffiths, Alex Tsiboulski, and Alieksy Vianna. Prior to university, Michael played guitar in rock bands, jazz bands, and even a metal band.

Michael has performed in many different concerts and events throughout New Zealand, and he continues to perform regularly. In recent years, Michael has dedicated a lot of time to composing new music for the guitar. He released his debut album ‘Landscapes’ in June 2017, which can be downloaded for free here: https://michaelstoop.bandcamp.com/releases

In December 2018, Michael competed in the New Zealand International Classical Guitar Competition. He won the award for Best Performance of a New Zealand Work, playing his own composition ‘Resurrecting the Dream’.

Michael became a SOUNZ composer in early 2019, and a growing number of his compositions are now published by SOUNZ. They are available for purchase here: https://www.sounz.org.nz/contributors/44

Throughout 2019, Michael collaborated with Riddell Productions, a Wellington-based production company. They filmed and produced many videos of Michael playing his original compositions for guitar. These videos can be viewed on Michael’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwyd1OLZUWU0TKFg9AxqNFw

In mid 2019, Michael was employed as a part-time guitar tutor at the New Zealand School of Music.

In January 2020, Michael won the New Zealand Aspiring Guitarist Award. Recipients of this award are given the opportunity to perform a solo recital at the Taranaki Classical Guitar Summer School, and also to perform in a master class with one of the international artists attending the event. Michael’s recital programme consisted entirely of his own compositions, and his master class was with Slava Grigoryan.




Feel free to call or text Michael for further information – 021 238 3206

Or email him at – wellingtonmusiclessons@gmail.com