Giacolo Fiore

Giacomo Fiore

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Italian-born guitarist and musicologist Giacomo Fiore has premiered more than two dozen new works for justly tuned, electric, and classical guitars, and released eight recordings for Cold Blue, Pinna, Spectropol, Paper Garden Records, and his own label. As a scholar, his research focuses on U.S. experimental music, intonation, and performance. He has published articles in Music Theory Spectrum, JSAM, and TEMPO, and writes regularly for Classical Guitar and SFCV. He lectures on historical topics at the San Francisco Conservatory, UC Santa Cruz, and the University of San Francisco.


  • Guitar
  • Musicology
  • Live Electronic Music

Research Areas

  • Guitar
  • Musicology
  • US experimental music
  • Tunings
  • 20th Century Music
  • Electronic Music


  • University of California Santa Cruz, Ph. D. in Music, 2013
  • San Francisco Conservatory of Music, MM in Music Performance, 2009
  • Belmont University, BM in Performance, 2006

Prior Experience

  • Lecturer, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Part-Time Faculty, San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Awards & Distinctions

  • 2020 and 2018 Open Access Education Grants, University of San Francisco

  • 2018 Encore Award, Belmont University School of Music

  • 2017 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant

  • 2014 San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music Musical Project Grant

  • 2014 New Music USA Project Grant

Selected Publications

  • “Tuning Theory and Practice in James Tenney’s Works for Guitar.” Music Theory Spectrum (2018), Vol. 40, Iss. 2, 338–356.
  • “Heterophonic Tunings in the Music of Larry Polansky” TEMPO (2014), Vol. 68, Iss. 267, 29–41.
  • “Reminiscence, Reflections, Resonance: The Just Intonation Resophonic Guitar and Lou Harrison’s Scenes from Nek Chand” Journal for the Society of American Music (2012) Vol. 6, No. 2, 211–237.