Rafael Leonardo Junchaya
Rafael Leonardo Junchaya Rojas is a Peruvian composer, conductor, and researcher.
Junchaya was born in Lima, the son of physician/composer Rafael Junchaya Gomez.
He began his musical education at the age of seven, learning piano. Two years later he enrolled in the Conservatorio Nacional de Musica (National Musical Conservatory of Peru) to study violin but did not finish. At the end of his secondary education, he entered the Faculty of Architecture at the National University of Engineering, but returned to the Conservatory in 1988 to major in composition. Studying under such professors as Enrique Iturriaga and Celso Garrido Lecca, Junchaya graduated in 2005 with a second specialty in composition teaching.
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