Mariano Aguirre is an international concert artist, music professor, and arts entrepreneur. He is a winner of the Artist International Award and the Gregory Award for Excellence in Performance. He has performed guitar and chamber music recitals and concerts extensively in the United States, Europe and Latin America, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall, The Noon Concert Series at Trinity Church, The National University in Mexico City, Centro Nacional de las Artes, Conservatorio de las Rosas, Saint Michelle en Aix, among many other venues. In addition, he performs regularly as Duo Cantabile with Soprano, Lauri Aguirre and is a cofounder of the Six Hands Guitar Trio with whom he has done recordings on the Vienna Modern Masters label. Mr. Aguirre is a higher education music professor at Hofstra University and Molloy University, where he teaches guitar, chamber music, music theory and general education courses. He also teaches guitar and music theory at the Mannes School of Music Preparatory Division and he is on the faculty of the Bloomingdale School of Music School.
Mr. Aguirre has given master classes and music theory lectures at many universities and festivals including the Guitar Foundation of America Convention, the GFA Regional Symposium, the New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes, SUNY Purchase, CUNY Hunter College, the Young Arts Academy at the Baryshnikov Center, the New York City Classical Guitar Society, the National University of Mexico and Xalapa University.
As arts entrepreneur, Mr. Aguirre has organized many music festivals and worked with many groups and events including the Da Capo Chamber Players, Bach and the Baroque Festival, the New York Guitar Seminar and recently, had the honor to direct and present the event “Leo Brouwer at 80” at the New School University.
For the organization of music festivals and events, Mr. Aguirre has coordinated and received grants from the D’Addario Foundation, The Augustine Foundation, Savarez, La Bella, among others.
Mr. Aguirre holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Mannes College of Music in New York City, where he studied guitar with Frederic Hand, Benjamin Verdery, Michael Newman and music theory with Carl Schachter. He did professional studies at the National University in Mexico City with Juan Carlos Laguna and Julio César Oliva and studied at the Aspen Music Festival with Sharon