Rafael Pablo Gargate Santamaria began in music from an early age, playing percussion instruments
and guitar in the Orchestra and Choir of Jesus Nazarene. Later he began his violin studies with the
teacher Edgar Gargate Ostos, and at age 13 he chose the viola as his main instrument; at 16 he
entered the National Conservatory of Music as a student of Roberto Gonzales.
In 2012 he won the competition for soloists of the National Symphony Orchestra of Peru. In 2016 he
was invited as a soloist to the opening concert of the Arequipa Symphony Orchestra.
He took classes with the teachers Stefan Fehland, a member of the German quartet Vogler Quartet,
Roland Glassl, the Mandelring Quartet, Lawrence Dutton, the Emerson Quartet, Roberto Díaz among
others. He also participated in music festivals in Brazil and the United States. He received his Artist Diploma in 2020 with Marylene Gingras-Roy at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, United States.
In the year 2019, he won the position of viola row in Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, Westmoreland
Symphony Orchestra, and Altoona Symphony Orchestra. He currently plays substitute in the Erie
Philharmonic and Wheeling Symphony orchestra.
He will finish his Masters in performance this May 2022 with Marylene Gingras-Roy at Duquesne
University in Pittsburgh, United States.