Mike Campese Biography
Mike Campese (born April 2, in Albany, New York) is an American guitarist and composer best known for being a member of the multi-platinum group Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Campese was picked over several guitarists in 2004 during the bands fourth CD, The Lost Christmas Eve and received a gold record for his work. In 2008 Mike released his own rock Christmas CD, "The Meaning of Christmas" and has been well received. Campese is an honors graduate from the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California and is a graduate of Shaker High School. Campese appeared on the Jason Becker tribute CD "Warmth In The Wilderness", which has been released internationally on the Lion Music record label and his music was featured in a Lions Gate movie, "Vampire Assassins". Mike has been featured in national magazines such as Guitar One, Guitar World and Guitar Player and is a Columnist for these publications. Mike also writes many online guitar columns on sites such as Guitar Nine, Premier Guitar and Shred Academy. Mike has released 8 solo CD's under his name, his second album "Full Circle" was featured on National Public Radio (NPR) stations across the country and was on regular rotation.
Mike continues to tour with his trio and as a solo artist and has opened and performed with many national acts such as The B-52's the Spin Doctors, KC and The Sunshine Band, Dokken, Sebastian Bach, Lou Reed, Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker, the members of Yes and Asia, Kip Winger and many more. Campese was a performer at the Max's Kansas City benefit in 2002 and shared the stage with members of the Bob Dylan band and The Smithereens. Mike performed on the Crüe Fest 2 tour, which featured Mötley Crüe, Godsmack, Drowning Pool, Theory of a Deadman, Rev Theory and more.
Mike's trio was featured on Fox 23, WXXA-TV and Sound Visions which aired across the country. In the fall of 2013 Mike traveled to Italy to do a Italian guitar clinic tour, which was very successful. Currently, Mike has been performing at the largest trade show in the world, the winter NAMM Show. Campese is a versatile musician, he describes his style as Rock Fusion and writes vocal and instrumental arrangements, electric and acoustic.