Mauricio是壹名廣受好評，屢獲殊榮的鼓手和藝術家。在2006年搬到紐約之後，他馬上成為壹個最受追捧的現場鼓手。Zottarelli在他的職業生涯中，有超過70張專輯斬獲了各種殊榮，他還跨越諸多音樂風格，與很多當世最重要和最傑出的藝術家合作，比如：Hiromi, Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson, Prasanna, Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, Esperanza Spalding, Keiko Matsui, Richard Bona, Paquito D’Rivera, Joe Lovano, Chico Pinheiro, Claudio Roditi, Joe Locke, Geoffrey Keezer, Mike Pope, Ivan Lins, Carmen Souza, Chuck Loeb, Rosa Passos, Dom Salvador, Jovino Santos Neto, Nilson Matta, Toninho Horta, Filó Machado, Gustavo Assis Brasil, Hendrik Meurkens, Oriente Lopez,以及許多其他的藝術家。
作為壹名樂隊指揮和作曲家，Mauricio也共同領導和合作了幾個項目，比如2003年發行了第壹張CD專輯《Dig Trio》，這張專輯受到了評論家和觀眾的好評。2009年，Mauricio發行了他的首張個人專輯《7 Lives》，這張專輯包括了幾首他自己的作曲作品，以及爵士樂和巴西音樂的最佳陣容，展示了巴西爵士樂和爵士樂獨特融合。In 2011 Zottarelli 和鋼琴家Gilson Schachnik合作發行了MOZIK。該專輯獲得了許多重要的爵士樂/音樂出版刊物的好評，比如《Downbeat magazine》和《All About Jazz》。記者/制片人Arnaldo deSouteiro主筆的著名博客Jazz Station Blog把MOZIK評為2011的最佳新專輯以及“2011年15佳CD”之壹。2011,2012和2013年，該博客連續三年把Mauricio評為“年度10大鼓手”。
2012年憑借專輯《The Art of Samba Jazz》Mauricio和藝術家Dom Salvador贏得了巴西最重要的音樂獎項“巴西音樂獎”。Mauricio和貝斯手Amanda Ruzza合作發行了名為《Glasses, No Glasses》的新專輯，這是壹張和特別嘉賓，鋼琴家和多樂器演奏家Leo Genovese合作的錄音室現場即興創作的專輯。
隨著對音樂教育的興趣越來越大，Mauricio開始定期在紐約授課，並且在巴西，歐洲和美國開設了講習班。他還在加利福利亞世界知名的“巴西營”授課，現在他是巴西《Modern Drummer Magazine》的壹名常駐專欄作家。
Brazilian born, New York City-based drummer/composer Mauricio Zottarelli has been on the forefront of the Jazz, Latin and Brazilian music scenes for many years. Called a “superb drummer” by JazzTimes magazine, Zottarelli comes from a musical family and was born in Santos, SP, Brazil, but grew up in Rio Claro, SP in a highly musical environment.
His first few years as a professional musician consisted of many performances throughout his native country as well as studio and session work with different artists and bands. At the same time, he pursued a degree in Computer Science, and concluded his studies in 1997. Mauricio moved to the U.S. in 1999 after winning a scholarship award to study at Berklee College of Music, in Boston, MA. He majored in Film Scoring, Performance and Arranging, and graduated from the prestigious college in 2002.
Mauricio is a critically acclaimed and award-winning drummer and artist. Since his move to New York City in 2006, he has become one of the most sought after drummers on the scene. Zottarelli is credited in more than 70 albums so far in his career, and has worked and shared the stage with some of the most important and notable artists of today, crossing over many musical styles. Some of them are: Hiromi, Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson, Prasanna, Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, Esperanza Spalding, Keiko Matsui, Richard Bona, Paquito D’Rivera, Joe Lovano, Chico Pinheiro, Cláudio Roditi, Joe Locke, Geoffrey Keezer, Mike Pope, Ivan Lins, Carmen Souza, Chuck Loeb, Rosa Passos, Dom Salvador, Jovino Santos Neto, Nilson Matta, Toninho Horta, Filó Machado, Gustavo Assis Brasil, Hendrik Meurkens, Oriente Lopez, and many others.
Also very active as a bandleader and composer/arranger, Mauricio co-leads and collaborates with several projects, such as the Dig Trio, which released its first CD in 2003 to great reviews from critics and audiences alike. In 2009, Mauricio released his first solo album, entitled 7 Lives, which includes several of his own compositions, and features a lineup of some of the best names in jazz and Brazilian music, performing a unique mix of Brazilian jazz, fusion, and jazz. In 2011 Zottarelli released MOZIK – a collaboration with pianist Gilson Schachnik. The album has garnered praises from many important jazz/music publications such as Downbeat magazine and All About Jazz. The prestigious Jazz Station Blog, written by journalist/producer Arnaldo deSouteiro, considered MOZIK the #1 new talent of 2011 and included the CD in their TOP 15 best of 2011. The blog also listed Mauricio in their Top 10 Drummers Of The Year list three years in a row, in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
In 2012, Mauricio won the prestigious Brazilian Music Awards (Prêmio da Música Brasileira), the most important music award in Brazil, with artist Dom Salvador and his album “The Art of Samba Jazz” . Mauricio’s new album is a collaboration with bassist Amanda Ruzza entitled “Glasses, No Glasses”, a free improvisation, live-in-the-studio recording with special guest, pianist and multi-instrumentalist Léo Genovese.
Following his growing interest in music education, Mauricio teaches regularly in the NYC area, and has done workshops/clinics in Brazil, Europe and the USA. He has also taught at the world-famous Brazil Camp in California, and he is a regular columnist/writer for Modern Drummer Magazine in Brazil.
Mauricio proudly uses and endorses:
- LP Percussion
- Vic Firth drumsticks
- Mono cases
- Soultone cymbals
- Lexicon Pro Audio
- FSA Cajons
- PowerClick in-ear monitors
- Gruv Gear.