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The Duo Mayr-CelisCatalán is formed by cellist Maria Lydia Mayr (Austria) and guitarist Felipe Celis Catalán (Chile). It was founded in 2018 during their studies at the Mozarteum Salzburg University.

Since its foundation, the Duo Mayr-CelisCatalán has performed mostly a unique repertoire, which is specially prepared for this instrumentation. The works and the musical arrangements of their first and second concert program have been chosen in an attempt to highlight the great harmonic variety, the rhythmic richness and the unmistakable temperament of romantic and modern music.

The duo is currently presenting its second and third concert programs, which contain works by Franz Schubert, Béla Bartók , Astor Piazzolla, Antonín Dvořák, Violeta Parra, Javier Farías and Isaac Albéniz, to mention a few.

"Lioren- Lights of South America", is the name of their first record production, which includes works by Astor Piazzolla, Gentil Montaña, Manuel Yánez, Dominguinhos, Ernesto Nazareth, Javier Contreras and Horacio Salinas.

The Duo Mayr-CelisCatalán has already performed in numerous concert halls and music festivals in various cities of Europe and South America.


Felipe Celis Catalán



Felipe Celis Catalán was born in Santiago de Chile. As a soloist, Felipe has performed concerts and taught as a guest professor in some of the most prestigious concert venues in Chile, as well as in Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Peru, Spain, Italy, Scotland, Czech Republic, Greece, England and Austria. He has also served as a jury member for well-known guitar competitions in these countries.


Felipe is currently publishing his first and second soloist album, which are dedicated to Chilean music and music of the baroque and classical- romantic eras.


Felipe has attracted special recognition from well-known Chilean composers who have written various musical works especially for him, which he has subsequently premiered. These composers include: Horacio Salinas, Juan Antonio Sánchez, Javier Contreras, Lorenzo Cornejo, Eduardo Padilla and Mauro Godoy.


He has won first place at the International Competition Josep Ferrer in Girona, Spain, first place in chamber music at the International Competition All That Guitar, in Loutraki, Greece, first place at the Young Soloists Competition at the University of Chile, first place in the César Cortinas Contest in Uruguay, third place in guitar solo at the International Competition All That Guitar, and third place in the Villa de Aranda competition held in Spain.


Felipe was a member of the well-known Chilean music groups Barroco Andino and Ensamble de guitarras de Chile. He has also recorded for radio and television in Chile and abroad, including Los jóvenes también aman lo clásico. The title of this program translates to “young people also love classical music”. During this time, Felipe was chosen as one of the five most important young performers in the country. 


Felipe studied classical guitar and earned a Bachelor of Arts with highest distinction at the Universidad de Chile. Additionally, he earned a Bachelor of Education and Pedagogy at the Metropolitan University of Education Sciences in Chile, where he graduated and was awarded with unanimous distinction. In 2016, he completed his master’s degree at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, and, in 2018, he completed his postgraduate studies at the Mozarteum. His studies were made possible thanks to a scholarship awarded by the National Council of Culture and Arts of Chile.


Felipe has participated actively in a variety of courses and master classes in Chile and abroad with more than 30 guitarists, some of whom include: Eliot Fisk (USA), Marco Tamayo (Cuba), Luis Orlandini (Chile), José Antonio Escobar (Chile), Laura Young (Canada), Carlos Pérez (Chile), Juan Carlos Laguna (Mexico), Roman Viazovskiy (Ukraine), Augustin Wiedemann (Germany), Johann Fostier (Belgium), John Grifitts (Australia), Hopkinson Smith (USA) and Alvaro Pierri (Uruguay).


Felipe has carried out roles as a substitute professor for Maestro Luis Orlandini at the University of Chile and as a visiting professor at various Chilean and foreign universities. He was also a guitar teacher at the Musikum Salzburg, Austria.


Since 2012, his instruments have been made and sponsored by the renowned Luthier, Carlos López Menares. Felipe has also played a Walter Verreydt guitar since 2018.

Maria Lydia Mayr


Maria Lydia Mayr was born in Linz, Austria. She has performed concerts in Italy, Spain, Bosnia, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany and Chile.


Maria studied the violoncello and completed her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts at the Mozarteum University Salzburg, Austria with Susanna Ehn-Riebl. In 2015/16 she studied a year abroad at Conservatorio di musica Giuseppe Tartini in Trieste, Italy.


She began taking cello lessons at the age of five under the teaching of Anna Kiesenhofer and, later, the teachings of Elisabeth Ragl. As a young musician, Maria won numerous first prizes at music competitions, both as a soloist and in the chamber music category. She won first place in chamber music at the International Competition All That Guitar in Loutraki, Greece.


Maria has attended courses taught by Enrico Bronzi, Alvaro Pierri, Eliot Fisk, Heidi Litschauer, Dalena Roux, Giovanni Gnocchi, Tobias Stosiek, Detlef Mielke, Matthias Bartolomey, Susanne Paul, Peter Herbert, Angela Paynter and Peter Somodari.

In 2012, Maria was given the role of lead string player during a concert series for young talented musicians in collaboration with the Bruckner Orchestra of Linz. In 2013-2016, she served as Director of Strings for the Upper Austrian Youth Symphony Orchestra, performing, among other works, Bruckner's 6th and 8th symphonies under the baton of Remy Ballot. In 2017, she performed with the Junge Philharmonie Niedersachsen under the directorship of Andreas Schüller.

Maria has played a violoncello made by Damián Stoppani, a Luthier from Argentina, since 2018.

November 2021


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