"Surquillo" was commissioned by Cecilia Pinto, a marinera dancer who is a good friend of the composer. Surquillo means “little groove”, and is the name of the Lima district where Cecilia lived ...
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Daniel Cueto (b. 1986) is a composer and flutist from Lima, Peru. His music is reflective of his broad cultural experience, revealing strong ties to both European and South American musical traditions. His works have been performed in fourteen countries, including Germany, France, Spain, the UK, the USA, Ecuador, Argentina and Brazil.
Having lived and studied in Germany for many years, he fulfilled commissions for such institutions as Deutschlandradio, the Musikschule Bonn, the KHM Köln and the Robert-Schumann University Düsseldorf, and served as a member of the jury in the 29th Composition Competition of the City of Siegburg. He also taught music theory, analysis and aural skills at the Detmold University of Music (HfM Detmold) and at the Cologne University of Music and Dance (HfMT Köln) from 2016 to 2019.
Daniel has recently moved to the USA to begin work on a Doctor of Composition degree at the Jacobs School of Music (Indiana University Bloomington), where he is studying with composer Don Freund.