I was born into a family of gifted musicians who encouraged and supported my musical education from an early age. My first music teacher was my father, Don Rafael Pazo, who taught me to play Spanish guitar when I was 4 years old. My mother also enrolled me in private piano lessons until I was accepted at the Escuela Libre de Música and the Instituto de Música Juan Morel Campos in my native Ponce, Puerto Rico, where I studied piano, violin, viola, voice, theory, solfege counterpoint, choral music, ear training and music dictation. I sang in a boys’ choir, a chorale and played violin and viola in the institute’s chamber music orchestra and the youth symphony orchestra.
Dear Dr. Pazo,
Thank you for playing the bagpipes and singing at my husband’s surprise birthday party. Thank your for playing every song that I asked for and for agreeing to take requests from our guests and playing even more beautiful songs.
I had no idea you that you also sang and played other instruments. You see, in my family we are all musicians and we really enjoy all types of classical and world music. While I was in the kitchen, I heard my sister-in-law Angie, who is a professional Soprano singing “La ci darem la mano” from Mozart’s Don Giovanni; and then I heard a robust baritone voice I stepped out to see who was singing; I was surprised and amazed to see you singing classical opera. Minutes later you played Telemann’s Violin Concerto accompanied by my brother Stephan, I knew I had got not only a highly skilled piper but an incredibly talented classical musician. Your warm and kind nature, your patience and flexibility won the friendship of all who met you that day. You are truly gifted musician. You exceeded every expectation I had!
Gifted piper and classical musician, exceeded all my expectations. I will highly recommend you!
Your presentation on Scotch whisky after dinner was educational and entertaining, and your playing at sunset was the highlight of the day enjoyed by all. Thank you for making this the most epic and amazing music party that we have ever had! I will highly recommend you!!!
Dr. Raphael Pazo is a very skilled bagpiper. His professionalism was outstanding. We hired him for our wedding. He communicated with us, asked for our input on dress and songs. Our guests adored him and as I mentioned before his skill level is outstanding. Thank you Raphael! You help make our wedding magical.Absolutely wonderful!