What is the best thing that I love about my work? The best thing is that I don’t feel I am working, and of course the most amazing thing about it is that I can transmit how I fell and who I am through my playing and my teaching.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? Happiness is something that should come from our attitude, and what you need to make it perfect, is just try to have peace with yourself and with the people you love.
What is my greatest fear? Losing my close family and friends and of course not being in good health.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Sometimes I believe and feel that I can handle too many things at the same time, but when I realize it, sometimes is too late,and normally I used to make mistakes due to the fact that I am always with and extra charge of things on my shoulders, I would rather prefer doing less but on the best possible level.
Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? Talking about great musicians, I have endless respect for the great Venezuelan Conductor Gustavo Dudamel and his mentor Jose Antonio Abreu; one of my former teachers; Gaudy Sanchez; the Spanish trumpet player Luis Gonzalez Marti; one of the most virtuoso trumpet players in this generation and a great supporter of my life Giuliano Sommerhalder; my dear Peruvian friend who is having a brilliant career as a tenor, Ivan Ayon Rivas; the great professor Max Sommerhalder; and a great singer and composer from Panama Ruben Blades. To be honest I admire a lot of people, but the ones I mentioned before, I have the honor to know them personally, and I know that what they have done and still do, have certainly motivated me and inspired me.
What is my greatest extravagance? I don’t consider myself extravagant.
On what occasion would I lie? I don’t like lying, but if I don’t have another option, maybe just if I forgot an appointment with someone or in a similar situation,but believe me, I hate it! Even thought in Spanish, my mother tongue, we call them ( mentiras piadosas ) which means to lie to help you to get out of a particular situation without hurting anyone.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? I It is very annoying when I don’t get paid in a reasonable period, or when I meet people who expect that this job is for free. I always wonder “ What if I need a lawyer, and I ask him to do his job for free? ”
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? Every single day, when I wake up and I have the great opportunity to still improve and develop, and when I know I can help others.
If I could, what would I change about myself? Being more patient
What is my greatest achievement in work? I think just the fact of living from what I like is a great achievement, but musically talking so far, I think playing in so many astonishing theaters in Italy doing Opera and starting to get involved in baroque music.
Where would I most like to live? I love Milan, it’s a wonderful city with a great degree of liveability, it’s organized and for me this is very important, for the same reason I mentioned before, I like Berlin. Actually if I could choose, I would l live near the sea, and even better if it is in Latin America.
What is my most treasured possession? My family
What is my most marked characteristic? My every day motivation, and professionally speaking, it’s the ability to deal with the challenges coming from having to perform different styles almost every week.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? Piazza Duomo and Darsena in the down town
What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city? I am a seafood lover, I have the fortune to live just around the corner of an Ecuadorian restaurant, and Ecuador being my birthplace, I love to eat Ceviche there, and ofcourse some mediterranian seafood in Zio Nino.
What books influenced my life and how? Brida by Paulo Coelho and 100 years of solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Arban Trumpet Method ( hahahahahahahaha) really influenced a trumpet player life. 😉 I like latin american literature, show our reality!
Who are my favorite writers? Can I mention composers? hahaha Obviously Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Pablo Neruda, Oscar Wilde
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Mahler 2 nd symphony, Prokofiev 5th symphony and Maestra Vida by Ruben Blades
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My mother, my grandmother and ofcourse my sisters.
Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? Life is beautiful ( La vita è bella) is a great message about never giving up.
What role plays art in my life and work? It’s the reason I want to live and motivate myself
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My partners in crime? Ufff a lot of people, specially my sister Gabriela; my brother Edwin and his family who live in Genova; my childhood neighbors who also live there; my lovely Peruvian neighbors; Samuel and Marianela, my friends Silvia and Gabriel, the amazing Giuliano is also most of the time motivating me, my students, and the list goes on (hahaha) I feel really lucky I can count on so many marvelous people here in Italy.
Whom would I like to work with in 2017? I will love to play with my favorite trumpet player Giuliano Somerhalder, my baroque teacher Jonathan Pia and hope under the baton of a great conductor.
Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2017? People who make me develop and improve as a human being and as a musician, and I would love to be involved with people who are making baroque music, something that now is still new for me.
What project, in 2017, am I looking forward to work on? Starting a new season with the Opera orchestra I work for and soloist concerts in my homeland Ecuador.
Where can you see me or my work in 2017? In Italy most of my work and coming soon in Youtube.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? Every single day counts.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Regina Yugovich ( Violinist) and Carolina Varela ( soprano) Natalia Oddi ( Flutist)
How can you contact me?
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