Luis Rafael Vivanco began his early studies in classical guitar in Peru.  He went on to complete his B.Mus. degree at the University of British Columbia, where he studied with Michael Strutt.  While completing this degree, he learned the lute and baroque guitar from Ray Nurse.  He received his M.Mus. in guitar performance with Denis Azabagic at Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Luis has performed in Canada, Mexico, Peru and the United States.  He has played in master classes for many guitarists such as Alexander Dunn, Eduardo Fernandez, Fabio Zanon, Jason Vieux, Laura Oltman, Pablo Cohen, Pamela Kimmel among others.  He divides his time between ensemble and solo performing and teaching.

Luis Rafael Vivanco comenzó sus estudios de guitarra clásica en Perú con Alonso Acosta.  Luego se graduó como bachiller de música de la University of British Columbia, donde estudió con Michael Strutt.  Mientras completaba su bachillerato aprendió a tocar laúd y guitarra barroca con Ray Nurse.  Recibió su maestría estudiando con Denis Azabagic en Roosevelt University de Chicago.

Luis se ha presentado en Canadá, México, Perú y Estados Unidos.  Ha tocado en clases maestras de guitarristas como Alexander Dunn, Eduardo Fernandez, Fabio Zanon, Jason Vieux, Laura Oltman, Pablo Cohen, Pamela Kimmel, entre otros.  Luis divide su tiempo ensenando música, tocando como solista y en ensambles.