Pianist and composer, who studied in the Conservatorio Nacional de Musica de Lima (National Music Conservatory of Lima). He obtained a scholarship to study in the Hunter College of New York City and another one, for the Centro Latinoamericano de Altos Estudios Musicales del Instituto Torcuato di Tella (Latin-American Center for High Studies of Torcuato di Tella Institute) in Buenos Aires.
He worked in the electronic music studio of the Columbia-Princeton University, with Alcidez Lanza and Vladimir Ussachevsky.
He obtained twice the Guggenheim scholarship (1966 and 1968) and since then he has been lecturer of harmony, counterpoint and composition in the Conservatorio Nacional de Música (National Music Conservatory), where he reached the position of director.
Furthermore, he deserved the Premio Nacional de Fomento a la Cultura Luis Duncker Lavalle (National Prize of Culture Promotion) of Peru.
For the accomplishment of his work, he employs a vast variety of resources as polytonality, dodecaphonism, integral serialism and aleatorism, as well as electronic and electro-acoustic resources; in the same way as he uses elements with folkloric roots, particularly those of his native Puno.
Throughout his pianist career, he has performed as a soloist of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Cuba (Symphonic Orchestra of Cuba) and the Orquestas Nacionales (National Orchestras) of Peru and Brazil.
Maestro Valcárcel is a Corporate Member of the Colegio de Compositores Latinoamericanos de Música de Arte (Collegium of Latin American Composers of Art Music) since its creation.
Among his scores we find: Zorro, zorrito Homenaje a Prokofiev (Fox, little fox Homage to Prokofiev), symphonic story for narrator, chorus, zampoñas and orchestra; Madre coraje (Mother courage), canciones para la obra de Bertold Brecht (songs for the work of Berthold Brecht); Concierto (Concert) for cello and orchestra; Homenaje a Manuel de Falla (Homage to Manuel de Falla), for soprano and band; Andahuaylillas for organ, etc.
Valcárcel died in Lima on March 2010.