Gianfranco Mascayano (Guitarist/Composer/Educator)
“Amsterdam based guitarist Gianfranco Mascayano was
born in Valparaiso / Chile and raised in Sweden from the age of one. This gave him the opportunity grow up surrounded by a sea of cultures and musical identities. Gian began playing latin-american music / classical guitar at age and soon gravitated towards Jazz and improvised music”.
Gian started with the violin at age 5, at the same time he was tought guitar and various latinamerikan folk instruments by his father. At age 15, after studying the foundation of clasical guitar, he was accepted to a 3 year Jazz High school program at Vasaskolan/ Gävle, where he graduated after 3 years of intense education from some of Sweden’s finest jazz musicians and educators. At this point Gian was still a serious Breakdancer, which molded his musical direction and obsession for rhythm and movement. After graduating high school, Gian spent his teens playing, recording and touring with bands and genres including but not limited to jazz/latin/ hiphop/pop/soul/afrobeat to name a few. He was simultaneously traveling the world, playing on some of the most prestigious Cruise Ships.
At this time Gianfranco was also awarded the 1st price in the competition “Universal Guitarist”, judged by Swedish jazz guitar virtuoso Andreas Öberg. After intense traveling, Gian decided to take his educational experience to the next level by studying music in Sweden, Spain, England and the Netherlands; at the prestigious Conservatorium Van Amsterdam where he graduated in 2017. With a baggage of musical and cultural experiences, Gianfranco is currently based in Amsterdam actively performing around Europe; currently leading and composing for his own quartet, releasing a debut album in Dec 2019 on TRPTK.