Camilo Pajuelo Valdez (born July 2, 1973) is a Peruvian musician and researcher. Has studied guitar performance at the National Conservatory of Music of Lima, and has received his Master of Arts from the University of Helsinki. He is currently working towards his doctoral degree at the Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies (Musicology) of the University of Helsinki.
Besides his musical activity as guitar soloist, has developed his career as a chamber musician. At present, he is performing, among other bands, with the duo Fueye Trinador, the duo Cantares, and the Grupo Ondú. He has combined his interest on research and musical practice by giving concerts, presentations, and workshops in several countries (Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Peru, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland).
Furthermore, he has taught at the National Conservatory of Music, the National School of Folk Arts “José María Arguedas”, the Catholic University of Lima, and as a visiting lecturer at University of Helsinki and the University of Valladolid. He is currently working as a guitar teacher at Espoon Steinerkoulu, at Sävelmetsä, and recently has been appointed Vice Principal of the International School of Music, Finland.
Where are you from and what instruments do you play?
I am from Peru. I do play guitar, as my main instrument. In addition, I play some other Latin American string instruments (e.g. charango, cuatro, tiple), and some Andean wind instruments (e.g. kena, siku).
If you weren’t a musician what would you be doing?
I would probably be a carpenter or calligrapher.
Where did you study?
I have studied classical guitar at the National Conservatory of Lima, Peru.
Where are you studying now?
I am finishing my doctoral studies at the Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies (Musicology), at the University of Helsinki.
What was the thing that got you interested in music?
Music is the best way to communicate and express myself.
Why are you in Finland?
Because of my studies and work.
Who is your favourite musician/composer?
I have many… just to name some of them Beethoven, Eduardo Sainz de la Maza, Antonio Lauro, and Raúl García Zárate.
Do you have any secret/not-so-secret (unmusical) talents?
I love writing poetry, and also cooking.
Tea or coffee?
Cats or dogs?
What is your favourite country to visit?
What is your favourite season?
If you could take three things to a desert island, what would you take?
A guitar, a pencil, and a notebook