Tatjana Merzyn was Arpegio’s first volunteer teacher in 2008. She received her degree in Musical Education from the University of Arts in Berlin with concentrations in piano, viola, and conducting. Upon graduating, she also participated in the El Sistema Fellows Program at New England Conservatory in Boston, a course designed to train 50 musicians from different countries to lead projects that create social change through music.
Alongside Luisa Marotzke, Tatjana organizes the selection, preparation and assessment of volunteers from Germany. She currently lives in Peru and is Arpegio’s Director of Pedagogy.
Paul Bazalar Moncada was a student of Arpegio’s very first class in 2004. In 2008, he traveled to Venezuela for three months, by invitation of Maestro José Antonio Abreu, director of the renowned El Sistema Venezuela. In 2010 and 2012 he travelled to Berlin, taking conducting classes with Maestro Michael Riedel. Since 2008, he has worked at Arpegio as conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica Infantil Juvenil de Chimbote. Currently, he is principal conductor of the Orquesta de Barro and Orquesta de Tierra.
Verónica Valencia Velásquez studied in the Instituto Superior Leonardo Da Vinci and has worked at Arpegio since 2008. She manages all matters regarding scheduling, materials and the enrollment of students in the academy.
Gemie Agreda Tirado graduated from the Carlos Valderrama Regional Conservatory of Music with a degree in Clarinet Performance. She has performed as a soloist with the Trujillo Symphonic Orchestra, the Orquesta de Barro, and the Orquesta Sinfónica del I Encuentro Internacional de Orquestas Infantiles y Juveniles. She has also been a member of the Piura Municipal Symphonic Orchestra, the Orquesta del Sistema de Orquestas Sinfónicas Infantiles-Juveniles del Perú, the Youth Symphony Orchestra CRMNP Carlos Valderrama, the Trujillo Youth Symphonic Orchestra, the International Youth Orchestra (USA) and the Bach Festival Orchestra, directed by the renowned Maestro Francisco Pereda.
She currently plays with the Trujillo Symphonic Orchestra and teaches in the Arpegio Academy and the Nucleo Porvenir.
With 30 years of experience in music, Enrique specializes in keyboard, electronic bass and percussion, as ensemble director and musical arranger. He has worked with many popular music genres and ensembles, including orchestras, rock bands, Peruvian creole and Afroperuvian music. He directed the Rock Sinfónico concerts produced by Arpegio in 2014. Currently, he arranges for the Orquesta de Barro and conducts AfroMochi, a traditional and popular music ensemble composed of members of the Orquesta de Tierra.