A native of Victoria, Mexico and studied in Germany, Mariana Parás Peña completed the German Diploma (Master equivalent) in Orchestral Music – Bassoon & Contrabassoon under Prof. Henrik Rabien in the University for Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt, Germany. She studied also a postgraduate diploma in orchestra performance in Stockholm, Sweden and a master degree in Music Historical Research and Performance – Dulcian, Baroque and Classical Bassoon.
During 2016, Mariana was appointed principal bassoon of the Oaxaca Symphony Orchestra in Mexico, then moved to Ireland and currently serves on the RTÉ National Symphony and Concert Orchestras in Dublin, Ireland as Bassoon and Contrabassoon substitute.
She has performed in projects with the Wexford Opera Festival, Stockholm Aurora Festival, Mexico National Symphony, Orchestre de la Francophonie (Canada), Russian Chamber Philharmonic St. Petersburg, Bavarian Philharmonic, Philharmonic of the Nations, German/Scandinavian Philharmonic, The World Orchestra, 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. and is winner of the “Best Instrumentalist Prize 2018” in the Selifa International Music Competition, in Italy and the Yehudi Menuhin Performance Scholarship 2015.
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.