Mariano Aguirre (b. 1969 in Mexico City) grew up in a family with a deep appreciation for and interest in music and the arts. He began studying music and guitar at an early age. From a young age, Mariano was inspired listening to his father's guitar playing, as well as, the music of guitar legends Andres Segovia, Julian Bream and Paco De Lucia and renowned musicians and orchestras like Jascha Heifetz, Glenn Gould, Herbert Von Karajan with the Berlin Philharmonic and Leonard Bernstein with the New York Philharmonic. There was always music playing at home, and Mariano remembers the classical music would often mix with that of The Beatles, Led Zepplin, Deep Purple, Janis Joplin and other rock and pop music.
When he was in Middle School, Mariano participated in several rock bands that played original songs. With these bands, he had the opportunity to play at many schools, community and rock festivals throughout Mexico. His bands were a part of the pop and rock movement in Mexico known as "Rock en tu Idioma," which encouraged rock groups to perform songs in "your own language." After graduating high school, Mariano chose to focus his studies on Classical music and Classical guitar. He studied at the prestigious conservatory CIEM with guitarist and composer Julio Cesar Oliva and at the National University with guitar professor Juan Carlos Laguna.
In 1994, Mariano was awarded a scholarship to study at the Mannes College of Music and moved to New York City to continue his studies with guitarists Frederick Hand, Michael Newman and Benjamin Verdery. Upon graduating with his Masters Degree in Music from Mannes College, Mariano was awarded the Gregory Award of Excellence in Performance from The New School University.
Mariano has performed extensively in the United States and Latin America, including playing concerts at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, The Noon Concert Series at Trinity Church, The America's Society, Music from Good Shepherd, and Music in Chelsea. He has appeared at many festivals, including the Young Artist Series at the Aspen Music Festival, Bach and the Baroque Festival, and the Warwick Music Festival in the United States. He has toured in Mexico performing at the National University, Centro Nacional de las Artes, and the Conservatorio de las Rosas. Mr. Aguirre performs with Duo Cantabile for voice and guitar and is a co-founder of the Six Hands Guitar Trio. Recordings of his work appear on the Vienna Modern Masters label. Mr. Aguirre is on faculty at Mannes College and the Brooklyn Music School.
When asked what music and teaching music means to him, Mariano has this to say: