Raphael Pazo, Jr., is the Musical Director of "www.californiabagpiper.com - Music of Elegance and Distinction", a remarkable
and select group of top-grade musicians, famous for their vast repertoire of music for the Great Highland Scottish Bagpipes and
Irish War Pipes, and their impecable presentation, ranging from informal, business attire, formal, High Dress (most
formal), Historic, Regimental (Military), Law Enforcement, and Classic Authentic Highland Fashion.
Pazo has been a featured guest artist with various cruise lines as a featured bagpiper, violinist and wedding officiant.
ensemble is always prepared for performing, enhancing your special event with the Majestic Sound of the Scottish Highland
Pazo was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, U.S.A., into a family of talented musicians.
From an early age, his parents encouraged a strong sense of self-discipline, not only in his academic studies,
but also in his musical studies.
early childhood, his daily musical training included training in musical theory, solfegé (Sol-fa), music dictation,
ear training, singing (voice) chamber music, rhythm, transposition, and choir for two full years, before being allowed to
take up the violin and viola as his instruments of choice. In Puerto Rico
he attended the Instituto Musical Juan Morel Campos and the Escuela Libre de Música un Ponce and Hato Rey. Raphael
was selected by audition to participaré un the Young Musicians Summer Camps held at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music.
excelled in many of his musical endeavors, winning numerous solo and chamber music competitions that allowed him to travel
around the world before the age of 12. At age 14, he became one of
the youngest musicians to play with the prestigious Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Philharmonic Orchestra, San
Francisco Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Opera Orchestra and San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. As the winner
of several young musicians competitions, Raphael was also a a guest performer with other orchestras and symphonic
Pazo has sung with several professional choral assembles in a multitude of languages and is fluent in
English, Italian, Spanish, French, German, Latin, Ladino, Hebrew, Arabic, Aramaic, Portuguese, Greek,
Latin, Urdu, Farsi and Pashto, as well as several dialects such as Quechua, Nahual, Guaraní and others.
he was 13, he studied violin and viola at the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music),
under the tutelage of the world-famous Fiqueroa Brothers of Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. At age 15, his family moved to San
Francisco, California, and there he studied Viola with Russian-born Violist, Mr. Leonid Gessin at the San Francisco Conservatory
of Music under an annonymous scholarship. His benefactor later revealed herself: Mrs. Louise M. Davies (after whom they
named the San Francisco Symphony Hall). He continued his Classical Music studies, and earned a Baccalaureate Degree
on Music form the prestigious Reál Conservatorio de Música de Madrid in Spain (Royal Consertvatory of Music in Madrid).
an eagerness to always learn more, he participated in Masters’ Classes of Classical Music interpretation conducting and
performance with Lord Yehudi Mehunin (Of Blessed Memory), Sir Isaac Stern (of Blessed Memory), Yitzhak Perlmann, Yoyo
Ma, Jiah Ha Ling, Kurt Mazur, Claudio Abado, Justino Diaz (Of Blessed Memory), Zubin Metha, Edo De Vart, Michael Tilson
Thomas, Plácido Domingo, Neville Mariner and several other world-famous musicans and orchestral directors.
additional formal education, Raphael selected the Scottish Highland Bagpipes, and received instruction with some of the
world’s most famous and prestigious teachers of Bagpiping in the World from the world'renonwed College of
Piping in Glasgow, Scotland during their Summer California Bagpiping School. His formal Bagpiping education included
instruction in the rudiments of light music and Piobaireachd, the classical music of Bagpiping, he also study the art
of reed manufacturing and manipulating the instrument under numerous conditions.
studied with Pipe Major Harry Sinclair MacNulty, Dugald MacNeill, Jimmy Good, Pipe Major Bruce Hitchings (all of
Scotland), Pipe Major Bill Livingstone (of London, Ontario, Canada), and Aaron Shaw and Ian Whitelaw both of California.
Associate’s Degree in Science in Mortuary Science and holds credentials and license as a Funeral Director, Embalmer,
Cemetery Manager and Broker
Associate’s Degree in Administration of Justice, with credentials as a Police Officer (Police Academy) and Deputy
Coroner. Member of Lodi Police Department and Stockton Police Department Honor Guards.
- Baccalaureate of Science Degree in Molecular Biology (Genetic Engineering) and Baccalaureate of
Science Degree in Businees Administration, Business Management. Double-major student, recipient of the U.S.
Army Active Duty Scholarship.
Baccalareaute of Arts Degree in Music with emphasis in music performance, theory, solfege, composition, symphony
orchestral conducting, music arranging, orchestral and choral conducting and direction, ethno-musicology and music instruction.
Masters' of Arts Degree In Business Administration (M.B.A.) in Business Management.
Masters' in Arts and Science Degree in Languistics with concentration in Hebrew, Ancient Hebrew, Aramaic and Arabic
and Romance Languages and Proto-Indo European Languages. U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Defense and
Federal Bureau of Investigations Qualified Linguist, translator and interpreter specialized in medico-legal, defense and diplomatic
Doctorate of Philosophy in International Trade and Commerce, with emphasis in Diplomatic International Negotiations and
- Doctorate in Philosophy in Comparative Religion, with emphasis in history and origin of Western
and Eastern religions.
Rabbi (Sephardic-Chassidic) - June 2005
Interests: Classical music, Freemasonry, comparative religion
and theology, kaballah, chassidus, ancient, modern and military history, linguistic sciences, non-western ethno-musicology,
motorcycle riding, equestrian polo, fencing, martial arts, precision skydiving and relative canopy work, sailing, classic
literature, classic cinema, philosophy, physchology and barbershop singing quartet. Please visit us at www.allinachord.com.
instruments: (I play over 50 musical instuments) Great Highland Bagpipes, Irish War
Pipes, Cornish Pipes, Welch Pipes, Northumbrian Pipes, Parlour Pipes, Sweddish Sak-pipa, Spanish Gaitas - Gallegas, Aragonezas and
Asturianas, Viola, Violin, Violocello, Bass (French and German Bowing), Classical Guitar, Cuatro, Triple, Lute, Egyptian
Oud, Mandolin, Ukelele, Clarinet, Hurdy-Gurdy, Flute, Recorders or "Flauti Dolci" (medieval flutes), all types,
from Sopranino to Bass), Irish Tin Whistles, Ocarinas, Harmonicas, Australian Aborigene Didgeridoos, Israeli Shofar (Ram's
Horm), Andean Ingigenous Wooden Flutes, Pan Flutes and Zampogna. Also sing Baritone in various languages.
Languages: English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Latin, Urdu, Pashto, Arabic,
Aramaic and Hebrew.
Military: U.S. Army Veteran. Medical Corps. Airborne, Ranger, Path Finder, Air Assault,
Special Operations, etc. Recepient of Combat Medical Badge and several other decorations from the United States Army,
and other allied armed forces. Life Member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled Amedican Veterans, AmVets, Combat Veterans
Association. Also an avid supporter of project Wounded Warriors.
Dr. Pazo plays a set of Classic Henderson Pipes Serial
#2, made of African Blackwood, Heavy Silver hallmarked in the U.K. , and Mastodon Ivory. (See photos under "My Instruments")