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Moisés Vivanco
The following biography for Moisés Vivanco comes from a concert program that was printed circa 1954 and the original program had some typesetting errors which have been corrected here. Special thanks to fan club member Alan McDonald for sending the scan of his original program! Note: the photo shown is from a different program of the same period.

From the loneliest mountain villages in the towering Andes of his native Peru to the crowded, bustling world capitals of New York, London and Paris, Moises Vivanco has carved out an impressive niche as the greatest living authority on ancient Inca music. Called "the George Gershwin of Peru" and recognized as one of the foremost contemporary composers, Vivanco has won international renown through his original compositions based on ancient Inca themes. Famed as composer and musicologist, Vivanco adds to his laurels through his versatility as a distinguished conductor and director.

Vivanco began his music career as a child prodigy. At the age of six, his parents submitted one of his works in a national music contest. His composition won first prize and he received a plaque from the Government of Peru honoring him for his great talent. A few years later, he was decorated by both the Peruvian and Mexican governments for his outstanding contributions to the field of music.

Vivanco's parents were very proud of their son's musical ability but felt music was more of an avocation than a vocation. They wanted him to be a doctor. He went to the University of San Marcos, Peru, where he received degrees in biochemistry and anthropology. While at the University, he continued to study music and to delve into the rich folk music of the ancient civilizations of South America. He also worked with the Peruvian Broadcasting Company as music director and consultant. During this period he formed the Compania Peruana de Arte - a group of 16 Indian dancers, singers and musicians. The troupe was hailed as one of the outstanding art groups performing the dance and music of ancient civilization.

Credited with discovering and recognizing the exceptional talent of Yma Sumac, he has been the guiding force behind the meteoric-like rise of the young Peruvian singing star. Not only does he manage her career, he also composes and scores all of Miss Sumac's exotic, soul stirring music - heard from the concert stage on Capitol recording albums and, most recently, in Paramount's Secret of the Incas.

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