Maxi Larrea is a guitarist, arranger, composer, and music educator from Rosario, Argentina. In September 2018 he relocated to San Francisco to perform, compose, arrange, teach, and direct his own tango trio, the Maxi Larrea Trio.
After completing a degree in classical guitar and music education in Rosario, Larrea moved to Buenos Aires to specialize in tango and Argentine folk music. In Buenos Aires, he studied under renowned folk and tango guitarist Juan Falú, and trained in tango arranging and composition from Diego Schissi, Nicolas Ledesma, and Gabriel Senanes.
In Argentina, he worked as a guitarist, arranger, and director of multiple tango and Argentine folk music groups including Cuartero Revirado, Quinteto Negro La Boca (Sony Argentina), Quinteto Clandestino, and Trio Ameu. He has performed at national music festivals including the World Tango Championships 2014 and the 2004 Pre-Cosquin Folklore Festival, where he received recognition as a competition finalist. He also recorded on multiple tango albums, and participated in international tango tours to Europe,Canada and Mexico.
Since relocating to the U.S. in 2015, Larrea has been preparing his first album of compositions for solo guitar and participating as a guitarist, arranger and musical director for various tango projects. In Maine, he spent a year studying jazz and West African percussion, and writing arrangements for the Colby College tango music ensemble. In Indiana he directed two tango projects, Duo Larrea-Minetti (piano-guitar duet) and Tamango (tango quintet).
In the Bay Area, Larrea has performed with the Mariano Barreiro Quartet, and now is directing two groups, Duo Larrea-O’Day (a guitar duet with Scott O’Day featuring vocalist Adrian Durso), and the Maxi Larrea Trio (a guitar, bandoneon, piano trio with Charles Gorczynskiy on bandoneon and Sumi Lee on piano) to debut January 20, 2019.
As an educator, Maximiliano has years of experience teaching private lessons and working and developing music curricula in public K-8 schools in Buenos Aires and Rosario, Argentina. In the United States, he has worked at Montessori schools in Maine and Indiana where he has been developing an innovative interdisciplinary Spanish and Music education program based around his own compositions and arrangements of Latin American popular and folk songs.