Mauricio Carrasco (Chile, 1973) earned his degree in Classical Guitar Performance with the highest marks at the Music Institute of the Chilean Catholic University, studying with Oscar Ohlsen and Luis Orlandini. He continued his studies with Maria Livia São Marcos at the Geneva Conservatory of Music. In 2002 the conservatory granted him the “Diplôme de Soliste avec distinction”, and in 2004, he earned the “Diplôme postgrade d’ensemble de chambre avec distinction” in conjunction with the Argentinean guitarist Miriam Fernández, with whom he formed the Geneva Guitar Duo. The same period, he also attended the classes of Jean-Jacques Balet.
He is currently a member of the VORTEX Ensemble and of a guitar and live electronics duo with the Colombian composer Daniel Zea, in addition to his career as a soloist in recital and with various orchestras. He is particularly interested in contemporary music, and regularly premiers new works. He has performed in numerous concert halls and festivals throughout Europe and Latin America.
He has received awards in various international competitions, such as the Gaudeamus Prize (Holland), and the Accademia dei Concordi and Mauro Giuliani prizes (Italy). In March of 2008 he was awarded a scholarship by the City of Geneva and the Simon Patiño Foundation for a residency at the Cité des Arts in Paris.