Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Nando came to Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. After graduating, he studied with Charlie Banacos, Jerry Bergonzi, and Danilo Perez. His discography includes Facing South and Common Groundsfor Brownstone, Art, Chants, Live at the AJC, and When Einstein Dreams for Double Time, Duende, featuring Esperanza Spalding, for Fresh Sound, Reencontro independently, and Entre Amigos with guitarist Claudio Ragazzi. The duo Ragazzi-Michelin has performed at the Wang Center and Kimmel Center for the Arts among other places. As a producer, Nando recorded the award-winning Amores Torcidos and The Other Side with Katie Viqueira, Ave Rara with Teresa Ines, Mind Motions, South American Suite, and Timeline for Felipe Salles, and The Princess and the Moonlight for Alejandro Cimadoro, among others. He is currently recording and performing with his trio that features Esperanza Spalding on bass and vocals and Richie Barshay on drums and percussion, and with a quartet featuring Leala Cyr on vocals and trumpet, John Lockwood on bass, and Tiago Michelin on drums. As a sideman, he has performed with Jerry Bergonzi, Randy Brecker, George Garzone, Antonio Sanchez; MPB icons Jair Rodrigues, Celso Adolfo, Jamelao, Lo Borges, Geraldo Azevedo, Flavio Venturini; and Bossa Nova great Maucha Adnet.
Nando currently teaches at the Longy School of Music, Tufts University, and Berklee College of Music. He has been a guest lecturer at several colleges in the US, Spain, Argentina, and Brazil.