Marisa is a classical guitarist based in Chicago. Born in the United States of America from Italian parents, she holds a dual-citizenship and is an active musician in the Italian and American music scenes. She began playing at the age of 4, and at a young age, she started competing in and winning local competitions. In 2019, she won 1st prize in the Grand Prize Virtuoso International Competition, and performed in Amsterdam and Salzburg in the winner’s concerts. She also was the Diploma prize winner in the 2021 Tabula Rasa International Guitar Competition and won Honorable Mention in the Society of American Musician’s national competition in 2018. She has performed in numerous venues in Europe as a guest soloist, including the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands, San Simone church, and Accademia Chigiana concert hall in Siena, Italy, and various venues in Milan, Italy. Marisa was also selected to be the guest performer for the 2018 season at the Associazione Culturale Alirio Diaz Concerto di Chitarra in Costacciaro, Italy. She has also performed in multiple operas as the on-stage performer, including Beatrice and Benedict and Le Avventure du Roi Pausole.
Marisa is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and holds the Associate Instructor position in the classical guitar department. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University in 2020, and she also studied at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, in 2018, receiving a Diploma di Merito, and at the Civica Scuola di Musica in Milan, Italy in 2018. Past and current teachers include Anne Waller, Mark Maxwell, Senio Diaz, Paola Coppi, Oscar Ghiglia, Richard Matthews, Petar Jankovic, Daniel Duarte, Sergio Assad, and Ernesto Bitetti. Marisa plays on custom-made rosewood guitars by Marshall Brune and James Baur.