Mauricio Arias is a musician, composer, pianist and improviser, one of the most versatile Colombian musicians of his generation. He has performed his Rapsodia Camaleónica for Piano, Trumpet and Orchestra with the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia and in Carnegie Hall in New York with the AZLO Orchestra. Mr. Arias was featured as the first Colombian guest artist at the Bogotá International Piano Festival.

Mr. Arias has been featured as a soloist with Orquesta Sinfónica de Colombia, Orquesta Sinfónica de Cuba, Filarmónica del Valle, ASU Symphony Orchestra, Münster Hochschule Orchestra, Sinfónica del Tolima, Joven Sinfónica de Colombia, among others. He has been awarded different prizes at international piano competitions, such as Kingsville Isabel Scionti (Texas, 1st prize), Schmidbauer (Texas, 2nd prize), Peabody Mason (Boston, 2nd prize), Panama (special prize for best Latin American pianist), Cervantes (Havana, finalist). Prior to his studies in the USA, he was the winner of the First National Chopin Piano Competition (2005) and the winner of the UIS National piano competition in Colombia.

Mr. Arias was born in Bogotá, Colombia, where he began his piano studies at age thirteen with Ludmiła Weber, with whom he studied until his graduation from Corpas University. He later studied with Baruch Meir and Robert Hamilton at Arizona State University (MM and DMA). He has participated in courses with Joaquín Achúcarro, Eteri Andjaparidze and Vladimir Feltsman. Mainly a self-taught composer, he studied composition with Rodney Rogers James DeMars.

Recent works have been commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, the University of Florida Symphonic Band and the Bogotá Secretary of Education. As a pianist, he is currently promoting works by Colombian living composers (¡Colombia Viva!) and he is a founding member of the Bogotá Piano Trio.
Mr. Arias is currently professor of piano at the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia. He is also a freelance composer and collaborative pianist.

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... the SCO has been doing very interesting work indeed and certainly worthy of support.

A/Prof Stuart Geoffrey Andrew Greenbaum, Composer (Australia)

 

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....an amazing energy, funding and collecting works is needed to organize and realize an orchestra such as SCO and all these wonderful concerts, you make the quality of music rise in every musical work and there are not a lot of you out there.

Trimor Dhomi, Composer (Kosovo)

 

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I'm very excited to hear your interpretation and to bring the piece to life!

Luke Flynn, Composer (USA)