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Mariana Parás Peña - Bassoon, historical bassoons and dulcian


A native of Victoria Tamaulipas, Mexico and studied in Germany, Mariana Parás Peña completed the German Diplom (Master equivalent) in Orchestral Music – Bassoon and Contrabassoon under Prof. Henrik Rabien in the University for Music and Preforming Arts in Frankfurt, Germany. She studied also a Master of Music in Historical Research and Performance – Dulcian, Baroque and Classical Bassoon with the support of her teachers Dr. Donna Agrell and Javier Zafra .

During 2016, Mariana was appointed principal bassoon of the Oaxaca Symphony Orchestra in Mexico and currently serves on the RTE National Symphony and Concert Orchestras in Dublin, Ireland as Bassoon and Contrabassoon substitute.

She has been awarded with the "Best Instrumentalist 2018" Prize in the Selìfa International Ancient Music Competition and the Yehudi Menuhin Performance Scholarship since 2015.  


She has performed as principal bassoon with the Aurora Symphony Orchestra (Stockholm), Orchestre de la Francophonie (Canada), Russian Chamber Philharmonic St. Petersburg, Bavarian Philharmonic, Philharmonic of the Nations, German/Scandinavian Philharmonic, The World Orchestra, Pro Youth Philharmonia London, Irish SinfoNua Orchestra, Mexico Women National Symphony, Klangforum Mitte Europa, Sommer Oper Bamberg, among many others.


Mariana has attended master classes with Sergio Azzolini, Alberto Grazzi, Dag Jensen, Georg Klutsch, Ole K. Dahl, David Tomas Realp, Guillaume Santana, Tobias Pelkner, Stéphane Levésque, etc. 


As historical bassoonist, Mariana has performed with the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Nordic Baroque Orchestra (Norway), Vadstena Academy (Sweden), Generation Baroque (France), Jeune Orchestre de l'Abbaye, La Tirata Ensemble, La Réjouissance Baroque Orchestra, Freiburger Barockorchester Akademie, Simon Bolivar Baroque Orchestra (Venezuela), etc., and in Festivals like The American Bach Soloists in San Francisco, Händel Festspiele in Karlsruhe (Germany), Trondheim (Norway) Ancient Music Festival, and so on.


Among many other recordings, Mariana has participated in two productions as principal bassoon with the International Youth Orchestra for the Bavarian Radio, one recording as soloist (bassoon and piano) for the Goethe University Frankfurt. In 2016 performed as Principal Bassoon in the contemporary music production (of 5 CDs) “The Mexican Composers Series” - Itinerant Classics Label.

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