Mauricio Arias is a musician, composer, pianist and improviser, one of the most versatile Colombian musicians of his generation. He wrote Rapsodia Camaleónica for Piano, Trumpet and Orchestra on 2012, premiered it in Arizona and later the same year, presented the piece in Carnegie Hall in New York.

Mr. Arias was featured as the first Colombian guest artist at the Festival Internacional de Piano de Bogotá.

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 professor 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. His composition teachers include Rodney Rogers and Jorge H. Pinzón.

On 2012-2013, Mr. Arias served as teacher at Arizona School for the Arts. His works include Rapsodia Camaleónica, Toccata Bachkovsky (performed by Sydney Contemporary Orchestra musicians in Sydney), Dynamo for string quartet, Snippets for bayan accordion and, recently In Memory of 21 angels (2014) for trumpet and piano, premiered during the First Eric Aubier Latin American Trumpet Competition in Medellín.

Mr. Arias has taken part in SYNTHETIS summer courses for composers, whose faculty has included Zygmunt Krauze, Chen Yi, Paul Patterson, Paweł Hendrich, Alessandro Solbiati, Philippe Manoury, Simon Steen-Andersen, Martijn Padding and Zhou Long.

Mr. Arias is currently professor of piano at the University of the Andes. He is also a freelance composer and collaborative pianist.

Mauricio Arias es compositor, pianista e improvisador, uno de los músicos colombianos más versátiles de su generación. Como pianista/compositor, ha presentado su Rapsodia Camaleónica para piano, trompeta y orquesta en el Carnegie Hall de Nueva York con la AZLO Orchestra y en Colombia con la Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional. En 2016, la Universidad de la Florida y el trompetista Randy Lee le comisionaron sus Variaciones Fantásticas sobre la Guaneña para trompeta solista y banda sinfónica. En 2015 fue compositor comisionado por la Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia para la celebración del Año José Barros, siendo el resultado A través de mis ojos (homenaje a José Barros). Como pianista, uno de sus proyectos es la promoción de piezas de compositores colombianos contemporáneos. En Octubre de 2015 presentó la primera versión del recital ¡Colombia Viva! (obras de compositores colombianos contemporáneos) en la Alte Schmiede Kunstverein de Viena, Austria, gracias a una invitación de la misma y al apoyo del Ministerio de Cultura de Colombia. Ha sido ganador de varios premios, entre ellos Kingsville Isabel Scionti (Texas, 1er premio – categoría solo), Schmidbauer (Texas, 2do premio), Peabody Mason (Boston, 2do premio), USASU Bösendorfer (Premio especial), Concurso Internacional Ciudad de Panamá (premio al mejor candidato latinoamericano). Antes de viajar a los Estados Unidos para realizar estudios de posgrado, fue el ganador del Primer Concurso Nacional de Piano Federico Chopin en Colombia (2005) y el Concurso Nacional de Piano UIS. Estudió en la F. Universitaria Juan N. Corpas y en Arizona State University (MM, DMA). Sus principales profesores incluyen Ludmila Weber, Baruch Meir (piano), Jorge Pinzón y Rodney Rogers (composición). Es miembro fundador del Bogotá Piano Trio. Actualmente se desempeña como profesor de piano en la Universidad de Los Andes. Actuales proyectos de composición incluyen encargos corales de la Secretaría de Educación de Bogotá (Programa ¡Canta, Bogotá canta!) y el Cuarteto de Clarinetes de Bogotá. Además de las anteriormente mencionadas, su catálogo de obras para trompeta incluye: A la memoria de 21 ángeles para trompeta y piano, Entrada (o Salida) Concertante para dos trompetas y cuarteto de metales (comisionada por YAMAHA BRASS ACADEMY).

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List of Works

Orchestral

  • A través de mis ojos (Homenaje a José Barros) [Through my eyes (Homage to José Barros)] Commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia in celebration of José Barros year (100th year of birth of the National popular composer of iconic Colombian songs) Premiered Oct 1st. Auditorio Fabio Lozano. Bogotá, Colombia.

Concertos

  • Variaciones fantásticas sobre La Guaneña for solo trumpet and concert band (2016) Length: 13 min Commissioned by the University of Florida Symphonic Band Premiered on April 14th, 2016. University Auditorium. Randolph Lee, trumpet and the University of Florida Symphonic Band, Jay Watkins, conductor
  • Rapsodia Camaleónica for piano, trumpet and orchestra (2012) Length: 21 min. Premiere: Arizona State University, 22 April 2012. Other performances: National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, Jan 2015 (Premiere of the Orchestral version)Carnegie Hall, Amazonas Series, 12 December 2012 Bogotá International Piano Festival, 17 August 2013, Corpas University Music School 10th year anniversary, 11 September 2013 National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia. January 2015 Finalist work in ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards 2012. Versions: Original for orchestra and chamber version. BMI # 14612182

Choral

  • ¡Oigo voces! (I hear voices!) for youth choir and piano (2016). Written for the Bogotá public schools choral program called ¡Canta, Bogotá Canta!Despierta (Wake up) for youth choir and piano (2017). Written for the Bogotá public schools choral program called ¡Canta, Bogotá Canta!

Solo

  • Episodios Angulares I for solo multi percussion (2015) ca. 4 min Premiere: Radziejowice Palace, Poland. 24 August 2015. Leszek Lorent, percussion
  • Arizona Mirage for solo piano (2015) ca. 5 min Premiere: Teatro Colón Bogotá. February 2015 Other performances: Pianist Philip Eames (Sydney Contemporary Orchestra) Oct 2014. Sydney, Australia
  • Snippets for solo accordion (2014) Ca. 3 min Premiere: Radziejowice Palace, Poland. 15 August 2014. Accordionist Maciej Frąckiewicz.
  • Toccata Bachkovsky for solo piano (2013) Length: 10 min. Premiere: Phoenix Art Musem, 11 May 2013 Performances: Various performances in USA and Colombia. Performed in Sydney, Australia in October 13, 2014 (pianist Philip Eames – Sydney Contemporary Orchestra). Composer /performer: Vienna – Alte Schmiede Kunstverein, Oct 2015. Vienna, Austria USC (University of Southern California) – Pianist Josephine Yang, April 2016 BMI work # 16123431

Chamber

  • Entrada (o Salida) Concertante for two trumpets and brass quartet (2016) Commissioned by YAMAHA BRASS ACADEMY
  • A la memoria de 21 Ángeles (In memory of 21 Angels) for trumpet and piano (2014) Length: 8 min Performances: Premiere: Concurso Latinoamericano de Trompeta – Eric Aubier. Medellín, Colombia. Oct 2014 Performances: Teatro Colón. Bogotá. Jan 22 2015
  • Dynamo for string quartet (2006) Length: 7:30 min. Premiere: Arizona State University, 22 April 2012. BMI Work # 16123422

 

Music

  • Variaciones fantásticas sobre La Guaneña | solo trumpet & concert band   
  • A La Memoria De 21 Ángeles | (Encore-LIVE) In memory of 21 angels | trumpet & piano
  • Rapsodia Camaleónica | Piano, Trumpet & Orchestra – National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia
  • Toccata Bachkovsky | piano
  • Snippets | solo accordion
  • Episodios Angulares I | solo percussion 

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Contact

Contact Info

University of the Andes - School of Music, Bogotá, Colombia
Phone: + (57) (1) 339-4949 Ext. 4792