April 8 - 2019

Mauricio Arias is a graduate of Los Cerros and one of the most versatile musicians in the country.


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In recent days, our graduate Mauricio Arias Esguerra, class of 2002, pianist and composer, visited the facilities of the Los Cerros Gymnasium.

During his stay at the school, Mauricio shared with students, teachers and directors everything that has been his life and his passage through the art of music. He also shared with us how the piano has become his faithful friend, which has accompanied him on countless stages and presentations in different countries.

Mauricio highlighted the work that the school has been doing to promote the art of music and encouraged the students to continue working with dedication, discipline and effort, important elements to be a good citizen.

"Thank you very much, it was very nice for me to meet with all of you and to see how music is becoming more and more important in Los Cerros. I remain in contact for future collaborations and, hopefully, our Music Department can be in the school sharing scouting and musical collaborations", expressed Mauricio.

Who is Mauricio Arias Esguerra?

One of the most versatile Colombian musicians of his generation, he has presented his Rapsodia Camaleónica for piano, trumpet and orchestra at Carnegie Hall, New York, with the AZLO Orchestra and, in Colombia, with the Sinfónica Nacional, Corpas and EAFIT orchestras.

As a pianist, one of her projects is the promotion of pieces by contemporary Colombian composers. She has presented several versions of the recital ¡Colombia Viva! in Vienna, Sydney, Mexico, Panama, Beijing and different cities in Colombia.

He has also been awarded in the Kingsville Isabel Scionti (1st prize - solo category), Schmidbauer (Texas, 2nd prize), Peabody Mason (Boston, 2nd prize), USasu Bösendorfer (Special Prize), Panama City International Competition (prize to the best Latin American candidate). In Colombia, he was winner of the First National Piano Competition Federico Chopin and the National Piano Competition Universidad Industrial de Santander. He studied piano with Ludmila Weber (F.U. Corpas), Baruch Meir and Robert Hamilton, and composition with Rodney Rogers (Arizona State University). He has been a commissioned composer for the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, University of Florida Symphonic Band, Secretary of Education of Bogotá (¡Canta, Bogotá Canta!), among others.

He has collaborated with artists such as tenor Valeriano Lanchas, trumpeter Pacho Flores, violinist Aisha Syed and clarinetists John Bruce Yeh and Benito Meza.

Mauricio is currently an assistant professor at the Universidad de Los Andes. He is a founding member of the Bogotá Piano Trio. In 2019, he will release the album La trompeta camaleónica together with trumpeter Randy Lee. His scores are published by FILARMONIKA.COM

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