Mauricio Arias is a musician, composer, pianist and improviser, one of the most versatile Colombian musicians of his generation. He wrote Rapsodia Camaleónica for Piano, Trumpet and Orchestra on 2012, premiered it in Arizona and later the same year, presented the piece in Carnegie Hall in New York. Mr. Arias was featured as the first Colombian guest artist at the Festival Internacional de Piano de Bogotá. Mr. Arias has been featured as a soloist with Orquesta Sinfónica de Colombia, Orquesta Sinfónica de Cuba, Filarmónica del Valle, ASU Symphony Orchestra, Münster Hochschule Orchestra, Sinfónica del Tolima, Joven Sinfónica de Colombia, among others. He has been awarded different prizes at international piano competitions, such as Kingsville Isabel Scionti (Texas, 1st prize), Schmidbauer (Texas, 2nd prize), Peabody Mason (Boston, 2nd prize), Panama (special prize for best Latin American pianist), Cervantes (Havana, finalist). Prior to his studies in the USA, he was the winner of the First National Chopin Piano Competition (2005) and the winner of the UIS National piano competition in Colombia. Mr. Arias was born in Bogotá, Colombia, where he began his piano studies at age thirteen with professor Ludmiła Weber, with whom he studied until his graduation from Corpas University. He later studied with Baruch Meir and Robert Hamilton at Arizona State University (MM and DMA). He has participated in courses with Joaquín Achúcarro, Eteri Andjaparidze and Vladimir Feltsman. His composition teachers include Rodney Rogers and Jorge H. Pinzón. On 2012-2013, Mr. Arias served as teacher at Arizona School for the Arts. His works include Rapsodia Camaleónica, Toccata Bachkovsky (performed by Sydney Contemporary Orchestra musicians in Sydney), Dynamo for string quartet, Snippets for bayan accordion and, recently In Memory of 21 angels (2014) for trumpet and piano, premiered during the First Eric Aubier Latin American Trumpet Competition in Medellín. Mr. Arias has taken part in SYNTHETIS summer courses for composers, whose faculty has included Zygmunt Krauze, Chen Yi, Paul Patterson, Paweł Hendrich, Alessandro Solbiati, Philippe Manoury, Simon Steen-Andersen, Martijn Padding and Zhou Long. Mr. Arias is currently professor of piano at the University of the Andes. He is also a freelance composer and collaborative pianist.