Mario was born in London and began his musical studies at the age of seven with his father on the flamenco guitar. In 1991 he was a finalist in the BBC Young Guitarist of the Year.
After receiving a scholarship to study at the Centre for Young Musicians, he went on to Trinity College of Music where he completed his BMus(Hons) Degree. Further scholarships then enabled him to gain a postgraduate diploma as a student of Michael Bochmann.
Mario studied conducting with Peter Stark and was coached and participated in master classes with members of the Amadeus, Chillingirian, Vellinger and Wihan string quartets as well as the pianists Yonty Solomon and Ian Burnside.
In 2002 he was a finalist in the Vera Kantrovich Solo Bach Competition and in 2003 won the first prize in both the Barbirolli String Quartet Competition and the Cavatina Trust Chamber Music Competition.
Mario has given solo and chamber music recitals throughout London and the UK.
He freelances and guest leads symphony and chamber orchestras and is also the leader of The St Barts Chamber Orchestra in Streatham.
He also teaches the violin and coaches orchestras for the Lambeth Music Service.