Pianist, composer, and arranger Paul De Castro was born in Lima Peru. Started piano lessons at age 5 and continued studying throughout his life at diverse institutions including the Conservatorio Nacional de Musica (Peru), Pasadena City College, California State University, and the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a doctoral degree in music from that institution.
Among his musical experiences are performances with Gary Foster, Bobby Shew, Airto Moreira, Larry Harlow, Frank Emilio, among many others. He was the founder and musical director of the Latin jazz group Rhubumba. Besides playing the piano, Paul De Castro also plays the Corneta China (Suona) in both Afro-Cuban and Chinese settings. He directs the Afro-Latin Music Masters degree program at California State University, Los Angeles where he is a Professor of Music.