Melbourne-based Chilean guitarist Mauricio Carrasco attended the Catholic University in Santiago, where he graduated with a degree in classical guitar. Continuing his studies at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève under the guidance of Maria Livia São Marcos, he was awarded high distinctions for two master’s degrees: a soloist diploma and a postgraduate diploma in contemporary chamber music under the supervision of Jean-Jacques Balet. Currently a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, Mauricio is researching a thesis on monodrama and contemporary music theatre.
Mauricio is widely recognised for the nearly one hundred premiere interpretations he has given of works by composers, most of which have been written specifically for, and often dedicated to, him. He works as soloist in concerts with electronics and in chamber music settings and has been a core member of Ensemble Vortex, Geneva, since its creation in 2005. Mauricio is an Artistic Associate and Sound Gallery Curator of the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, as well as a core member of its ensemble Argonaut.
In 2015 Mauricio appears in the solo performance musical monodrama The Experiment, which recently premiered in Sydney and at the Adelaide Festival of Arts, with an upcoming season in Melbourne.