Juan Pedro Castillo

Real name: Castillo, Juan Pedro
Nicknames: Castillito, El Popular
Violinist, mandolin player, leader and composer
(14 December 1899 - 16 February 1961)
Place of birth:
Buenos Aires Argentina

andolin player that switched to violin when he met Tito Roccatagliata. He was regarded as one of the last and most faithful performers of the line started by Ernesto Ponzio and continued by El Rengo Ernesto Zambonini.

He began his career in 1905 as mandolin player in a trio with Ponzio (violin) and Luciano Ríos (guitar) at the café on Carranza and Soler near the cavalry garrison. As from 1912 he definitively devoted to violin with which he would be acclaimed by his renowned pizzicatti.

He made his debut at the café Falucho along with the bandoneon player Donato Sabatiello and the guitarist Juan Albornoz. Later he played with the brothers José and Luis Servidio. Thereafter he joined different groups: in 1919 with Roque Biafore (bandoneon) and Domingo Fortunato (piano); in 1920 with the dark-skinned Plácido Simoni Alfaro, at the café A.B.C., and in 1922 with Pugliese, Fumagalli and Garabelli at the tearoom La Argentina on Cabildo and Republiquetas.

In 1924 he formed his own orchestra which appeared at the restaurant El Tráfico, at the Imperio hall, at the café Germinal and at the cabaret Casino Pigall where he played his violin-cornet. He had a successful appearance at the contest organized by the Crítica newspaper at the Luna Park in 1932. His last performances were as member of a quartet of old maestros with Anselmo Aieta, Francisco Pracánico and Pascual Mazzeo.

He wrote: “Mascotita de marfil”, recorded by Carlos Gardel, “Bromuro”, committed to disc by Virginia Vera, “Burrero” and the waltz “Sueño de amor”, among others.