Nicola Luisotti was born in Viareggio. He started studying pianoforte with Maestro Luciano Maraviglia and then continued in Lucca at the Luigi Boccherini Musical Institute. Simultaneously he studied composition, trumpet and voice. He began his career as an Orchestra Conductor under the guidance of Maestro Piero Bellugi.
After having received a first-class diploma in pianoforte and "mentione ad honorem", he became assistant Maestro at the Teatro Alla Scala in Milan alongside Riccardo Muti and Lorin Maazel.
In 1999 he became Musical Director at the Teatro Verdi in Salerno where he conducted Nabucco, Le Nozze di Figaro, Tosca, Lucia di Lammermoor and Requiem by Mozart. He directed Beethoven's 9th symphony with the artists from Teatro San Carlo in Naples.
In December 2001, for the occasion of the celebrations for Verdi and for the 150th anniversary of the première of Stiffelio, he conducted the opera at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste which was very successful. The performance was recorded by the record house 'Dynamic' and reproduced by RAISAT.
He conducted the 2000/2001 New Year's eve concert in Tokyo with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. In December 2001 he conducted a new production of Il Trovatore in Stuttgart where he received a great personal success from the audience and the critics.
In the 2002 season, the Maestro was once again invited to Trieste to conduct I Puritani and Il Trovatore and also conducted at the Teatro Regio in Parma for a new production of Tosca. In March of 1992 he conducted Ein Deustches Requiem by Brahms with the Zagabria Philharmonic Orchestra which was very successful.
His future engagements include Carmen and Il Trovatore at the Arena di Verona, Oberto Conte di Bonifacio at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. He will also conduct the latter production at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova.
In 2003 he will make his American debut in Toronto, Canada with a new production of Un Ballo in maschera. He will once again be in Zagabria for the occasion of the commemoration of Maestro Lovro von Matacic where he will carry out Incompiuta by Schubert and the 1st Symphony by Mahler. He will conduct La Traviata in May 2003 at the Opera Bastille in Paris. This opera will be followed by Hänsel und Gretel, Turandot and Tosca in Stuttgart, Tosca in Munich (Staatsoper) and La Traviata in San Francisco.