Luis Rafael Vivanco

FREE CONCERT (With Admission to the Museum)


Sunday, November 4
The Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Hall
Free Concert (With Admission to the Museum)

Presented in conjunction with Woven Worlds: Textiles on the Andes

Synopsis, Program & Biography


The program is a guitar journey through the history of Peru. We will hear the Peruvian roots in the work “Echoes of the Incas,” in the baroque colonial music of the Viceroyalty of Peru, in the classical music from the independence era, and in the Romantic works of Pedro Abrill Ximénez y Tirado, who was known as the “Rossini of the Americas”.


Virgenes del Sol (Jorge Bravo/1895-1940)

4 Minuetos (Pedro Abrill Ximénez Tirado/1780-1856)

Minueto no.43

Minueto no.44

Minueto no.46

Minueto no.48

Mis Pasatiempos al pie del Volcán (P.A.Ximénez Tirado)

Giga (Anónimo/Lima, S. XVIII)

Fandango (Mathías Maestro/1766-1835)

La Concheperla (Abelardo Gamarra/1852-1924)

2 Canciones Populares Andinas:

Huérfano Pajarillo

Adiós Pueblo de Ayacucho

Pukllay Taki (Carnaval de Ayacucho)


Luis Rafael Vivanco began his early studies in classical guitar in Peru. He went on to complete his music degree at the University of British Columbia, where he studied with Michael Strutt. While completing this degree, he learned the lute and baroque guitar from Ray Nurse. He received his masters in music in guitar performance with Denis Azabagic at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Luis has performed in Canada, Mexico, Peru and the United States.  He has played in master classes for many guitarists such as Alexander Dunn, Eduardo Fernandez, Fabio Zanon, Jason Vieux, Laura Oltman, Pablo Cohen, Pamela Kimmel among others. He divides his time between ensemble and solo performing and teaching.