Guitar, Ukulele, Tuba, Baritone and Euphonium, Flugabone and Marching Baritone
From starting himself as a student under the direction of prominent guitarist and teacher Tim Smith at Lowe’s School of Music, to playing as an alto saxophonist in the Etobicoke Junior Jazz Band, to appearing as a prodigy child guitarist on Breakfast Television at 11 years old, Maurizio’s passion for music began from a young age.
He is a well-rounded professional musician and entrepreneur with a love for music and electronics. Maurizio specializes in classical guitar and tuba, however he is also knowledgeable in piano, alto-saxophone and hand drumming. He currently studies classical guitar performance at York University with renowned guitarist Brian Katz. Maurizio has completed the Royal Conservatory Advanced Rudiments, as well as the Level 8 Practical examination for guitar, and enjoys frequently performing RCM level 10 and ARCT guitar pieces.
Before York, Maurizio was a music major in the Regional Arts Program at Cawthra Park Secondary School where he studied guitar and tuba performance, as well as harmony, theory, composition, conducting, ensemble work and music history. During his time at Cawthra, Maurizio was the lead guitarist in the rhythm sections of two prestigious repertoire ensembles; Jazz Lab and Mississauga Tranzzit. He was also the principal tubist in Senior Wind Symphony and conductor/director of Cawthra’s Guitar Ensemble, principal tubist in the Senior Concert Band, member of the pit band for the musical, Hairspray, and vocalist in the Ritz vocal choir. He is currently the principal tubist in York University’s Wind Symphony and is the founding director and arranger for professional brass quintet, Bach on Brass.
Alongside music, he runs his own electronic repair business, M2 Circuits, focusing on vintage audio gear like reel to reel tape decks and other home and studio equipment. Furthermore, he is skilled in analog and digital recording and was mentored by Tom McCartney in electronic repairs. His accreditations include the Justin Boudreau Weiss Award, Music Award, and Band Award from Lanor JMS, as well as being awarded the Arts Medallion from Cawthra Park SS. Maurizio has performed with Toronto’s Singing Out choir downtown at the Jane Mallet theatre twice, as well as the CBC Glenn Gould theatre, the Lula Lounge with Jazz Lab (under the direction of Juno nominated composer and trombonist Andrew Jones), and numerous international locations in New York City, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Nashville, and Italy.
He is excited to inspire others to pursue performing arts in his role as an instructor at Lowe’s School of Music and follows the teaching philosophy that his students should gain equal experience in music theory and practical knowledge and be able to apply them together in order to become well-rounded musicians.