Lauri Aguirre, Soprano and Mariano Aguirre, Classical Guitar
The voice and guitar ensemble Duo Cantabile has been charming audiences since its inception in 2002. They have received great accolades for their spirited and heart-felt performances spanning repertoire from Renaissance to Folk. Lauri and Mariano Aguirre have performed in the United States and Mexico in such venues as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Trinity Church, Templo del Carmen, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, CAMI Hall and Queen’s Town Hall, to name a few. Duo Cantabile has participated twice in the Discover concert series at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine and the Music in Chelsea series at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, as well as other recital venues in the New York metropolitan area.
In addition to forming this artistic venture, both musicians have active solo careers both here and abroad. Lauri has performed in opera, oratorio and musical theater venues ranging from the Finnish National Opera Company in Helsinki to the Village Light Opera Group in New York City. She has enjoyed numerous oratorio engagements as soprano soloist for Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Dubois’ Seven Last Words of Christ. She will be performing Purcell’s Come Ye Sons of Art and Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore in June with the Brooklyn Contemporary Chorus. Her operatic performances have included Le Nozze di Figaro, La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoore, Don Carlo, Falstaff and Lohengrin. Mariano has performed recitals in the United States and Mexico and has appeared at many festivals, including the Young Artist Series at the Aspen Music Festival, the Warwick Music Festival, Mexico’s National University and the Centro Nacional de las Artes. His awards include the Gregory Award for Excellence in Performance given by The New School University and the Artists International Competition. He is a member and a cofounder of the Six Hands Guitar Trio with whom he has recorded on the Vienna Modern Masters label.
Aside from their performing endeavors, Lauri and Mariano have busy private music studios and are faculty of the Brooklyn Music School. Mariano also teaches at the Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division. They both are graduates of the Mannes College of Music in New York City and hold bachelor and master degrees with honors from this institution. The artists have also found joy beyond their music making; Lauri and Mariano were married in 2005.