Mariana Ramirez-Alvarado

From symphonic orchestras, Mexican traditional music for marimba, musicals, to chamber, and pop music, Mariana Ramirez has performed in Europe, China, Mexico, and the U.S.A.

Native from Mexico City, Mariana is a NYC based  freelance percussionist. She started her music studies at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City, and then finished her undergraduate degree at Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey.

She is not only a performer and educator, she also is passionate about new projects. Consequently, she formed probably the first all-female percussion quartet in NYC called Excelsis. In which she has performed at NPR Radio, PAS’ Weekend Of Percussion in 2014 and 2015, Brooklyn Bound with So Percussion, and Zeltsman Marimba Festival, among others. Excelsis percussion quartet has arrangements from Bjork’s songs, combining electronic sounds with marimbas, drumsets, vibraphones, and lots of other drums.

She has also performed with orchestras such as the National Symphony of Mexico, Dartmouth Symphony, South Florida Symphony, “Orquesta de Minería”, among many others.

On Broadway she performed at the Jerome Robbins Awards playing with Chita Rivera,  and Stephen Sondheim. She is also the percussionist from American Dance Machine playing

off-Broadway productions, she also plays concerts with the Pit Stop Players, and diverse productions at the Players Theater.

As an educator Mariana co-founded the first mexican marimba ensemble  at NYYM in Brooklyn in order to share mexican traditions in the U.S.A.  Mariana is currently  Teaching Artist of S’cool Sounds founded by Nina Stern, Music Partners by The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Percussion Faculty at  the Bronx Conservatory of Music, and most recently Teaching Artist at the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls.

Some of her awards in Mexico include scholarships for solo performers from the National Conservatory of Music, the Metropolitan University, and the National University, among others. During her studies in Mexico, Mariana won the percussion position at the Youth Orchestra Carlos Chavez.

In the U.S.A she was awarded by the Percussive Arts Society with the Thomas Siwe scholarship, Mason Gross School of Arts and the Rutgers University fellowship for mexican studies. She was also finalist at the solo competition at Rutgers university in 2013.