Marco Antonio Villalobos

Pianist, Composer and Student



Marco is a piano student. He was born in 2001 in the city of Lima, Peru. From his childhood he was interested in learning to play the piano. Since his childhood he was surrounded by musical instruments, which is why his interest in music began. At age 10 he began playing the piano through online tutorials. Years later he received his first piano lessons with a professional teacher. At the age of 13 he got into the National University of Music of Peru. He has participated in various stages in which he has played works by Bach, Scarlatti, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Bartók and Katchaturian. Likewise, he has made his own compositions since he was 10 years old. In 2012 he finished his first written composition, which was influenced by genres of ballads, rock and classical musician. Nowadays some of his compositions are on the MuseScore platform.



What does music mean to you personally?

For me, the meaning of music has changed over the years. Everything I say now could be different in the future. Music is the conscious or unconscious expression of our feelings, with music we can say what we cannot explain with words.

Do you agree that music is all about fantasy?

I don't know. I think it is about fantasy and reality, we express what we imagine, and what we live. Both complement each other.

If you were not a professional musician, what would you have been?

If I hadn't been a musician, I might have been a systems engineer. I am a lover of mathematics; they have always fascinated me.

The classical music audience is getting old, are you worried about the future?

Actually, I'm not worried. There are quite a few people of my generation who love classical music. My friends often ask me what is the name of a classic piece that they heard in a video, in an anime, etc.

What do you envision the role of music to be in the 21st century? Do you see that there is a transformation of this role?

I think music has the same role as before. It has many uses, such as to enjoy, to dance, for gyms, for movies, politics, etc. In the case of classical music, its role was reduced to being listened to and enjoyed.

Do you think that the musician today needs to be more creative? What is the role of creativity in the musical process for you?

I think that from the moment we make art there is 100% creativity. Before I thought that beauty was in the complex, time passed and I thought that it was in the simple. Now I discovered that beauty is in both. We just need to listen to the musicians with new ears, no with our memory, each one has so much to say. In my case, creativity plays a very important role, it is what allows me to create something.

Tell us about your creative process. What is your favorite piece (written by you) and how did you start working on it?

From time to time, I have a composition of mine that is my favorite to listen to. For this month, for example, my favorite piece is “Birds” (originally titled “Bandada” in Spanish), instrumented for piano, English horn and strings duet. The process to compose it is simple, as in my other compositions. I only improvised a couple of notes, in search of expressing something, the harmony was understood in my mind. On the way, ideas flowed, it occurred to me to put a couple more instruments to give it the atmosphere I was looking for. Once everything is built, corrected and from memory, I start writing and finally I put the finishing touches on it.

Can you give some advice for young people who want to discover classical music for themselves?

I recommend them to listen to the best-known works first, then little by little they will seek to know more and more pieces. Sensitivity increases gradually.

Do you think about the audience when composing?

Yes, but with me included in that audience. Actually, thinking about that doesn’t influence in my musical ideas, it influences just in their duration. That helps me to organize my ideas better. As an audience, I would like to listen to pieces that are not very long.

What projects are coming up? Do you experiment in your projects?

I am composing a couple of piano pieces, and I have yet to finish some orchestral compositions. In each new project I experiment new things. I always look for more tools to better express my feelings.