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.
I hired Dr. Pazo to play the Scottish bagpipes at my mother’s funeral service. She was born in Scotland and loved bagpipes, so I chose Dr. Pazo to play at her service. From the very first contact by phone, he was always polite, patient and kind. On the day of the service, Dr. Pazo arrived early to meet with our church Pastor and coordinate the order of service. His attire was very impressive and elegant. I was also delighted that he knew every single song my family requested and played them so beautifully on the bagpipes. I highly recommend him as a professional musician, a phenomenal piper and a wonderful human being.Kind, Wonderful, Beautiful and Elegant!
Dr. Raphael Pazo was a joy to have at my friend’s memorial service. He is very easy to work with and professional in every way. Communication was good and his playing was excellent! He played both bagpipes and violin for this service. I would highly recommend him.Excellent Bagpiper and Violinist