Tenor of the Americas
Maximo Marcuso, a classical crossover concert singer and recording artist, began his incredible journey as a member of an artistic family in historical Guatemala. His musical ability was revealed at the tender age of seven, and his family, many of them directors and performers of the National Philharmonic Orchestra encouraged him to pursue his natural talents. His uncle, Colonel Nery Cano, a world-class conductor, further nurtured Maximo’s rising stature in the musical world.
Maximo’s outstanding voice and musical gifts flourished while attending The National Cultural Center Art Academy and further developed at the prestigious Maria Callas School of Opera.
In the United States, Maximo studied with Igor Stravinsky’s protégé, soprano Arlene Slater-Stone, former voice teacher of the Juilliard School of Music. He next studied vocal arts at The Colburn School of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles, California.
Maximo has continued mastering his operatic techniques with Brent McMunn, Conductor and Music Director of Opera at the USC Thornton School of Music; with Frank Fetta, Music Director and Conductor of the Culver City Symphony Orchestra; and is currently working with California Philharmonic Chorale Director, Marya Basaraba.
These days, Maximo can be seen thrilling audiences on a variety of stages and in concert halls across the United States and abroad, featuring classical crossover songs, Broadway standards and opera arias from his vast repertoire.
He most recently appeared as guest soloist for The Pasadena Symphony and Pops Orchestra’s “Night of the Oscars Concert” He was the featured soloist for The Golden State Symphony Orchestra’s “Holiday Spectacular Concert.” Maximo was also featured with both The Los Angeles Philharmonics Ensemble and The Hollywood Ensemble Opera.
Maximo performed for several years with the Crystal Cathedral “Hour of Power Philharmonic” in Garden Grove, CA, under the baton of Music Director and Conductor Johnny Carl and Mark Ryley. He was a guest singer for “The Passion of the Christ Concert,” conducted by film composer John Debney.
Maximo received the “Blood and Fire Award of Excellence” by Major General Megan P. Tatu, Chief of Staff of the 63D Regional Readiness Command of the United States Army, for his outstanding renditions of patriotic songs, including the “The Star Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America.” As a musical ambassador to the world, Maximo has been honored and awarded by both the California Legislature Assembly and by the California State Senate for his invaluable artistic contributions to the arts and education.
Maximo has been interviewed in several newspapers and in television talk shows, including NBC4, Channel 7 News, London Weekend Nights TV, Hard Copy New York, CBS TV News Life Miami, NBC Telemundo Network, La Opinión Newspaper, The Tolucan Times, Entertainment Today, The Miami Herald and The Pasadena Outlook.
Presently, Maximo is involved in producing a PBS Special that will highlight the richness of his unique talent.