Kristo Käo’s bio by Phoenix Records

Kristo Kao a long time agoThat is part of the material that went out with my Dance Album to the radio stations. It is always good to get somebody else to write your BIO 🙂 I have almost got used to see my last name without the dots, actually it is KÄO.


Classical guitarist Kristo Kao is an acclaimed virtuoso and ensemble player with an extensive repertoire across a wide variety of styles.

After graduating from the Estonian Academy of Music as a Classical Guitar soloist in 2002, Kristo went on to receive his Masters of Music degree in 2006. He has also studied at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Denmark and has participated in Master Classes with Kari Äikäs, Hannu Annala, Juan Antonio Muro, Per Skareng and many other notable figures.

In addition to performing as a soloist and with various ensembles, most notably his Tallinn Guitar Quartet, Kristo is also very involved in Guitar pedagogy, being the author of the unique guitar method book Guitar School – The Key to Practical Guitar Playing and founder of the web-based music school He has also recently published his new book Estonian Folk Tunes for the Guitar.

In 2008, Kristo released his debut solo CD The Dance Album, as well as a duo CD with Jorma Puusaag entitled Kiss on the Water. Together with other Estonian guitarists, he has released a CD of contemporary Estonian guitar music, as well as a performance DVD with his Tallinn Guitar Quartet. Kristo has also been featured in performance on Estonian Public Broadcast radio. He was also the chairman of the Estonian Guitar Society for five years and was Artistic Director of the annual guitar festival Fiesta de la Guitarra.

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