Pedro Suárez-Vértiz

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Suárez-Vértiz and the second or maternal family name is Alva.
Pedro Suárez-Vértiz
Pedro Suarez Vertiz in 2010
Background information
Birth name Pedro Martín José María Suárez-Vértiz Alva
Born (1969-02-13) February 13, 1969 (age 48)
Origin Callao, Peru
Genres Pop, Latin, Pop rock, Ska
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Harmonica, Keyboards, Drums
Labels Sony Music (1993–2003)
Solver Label (2004-2006)
Warner Spain (2007–2009)
Notable instruments
Guitar, Vocals, Piano, Harmonica

Pedro Martín José María Suárez-Vértiz Alva (born February 13, 1969 in Callao, Peru) is a Peruvian singer-songwriter-guitarist. He founded the popular rock band Arena Hash with his brother Patricio, Arturo Pomar and Christian Meier in 1987; a few years later, the band broke up and Vértiz began his solo career.

He is the winner of Orgullosamente Latino 2004 (Proudly Latin 2004) and winner of the Best Latin Soloist of the Year in Mexico.

He is well known for his multitudinous concerts, his vocal rhythm, his extensive guitar collection, his null alcohol and tobacco intake (despite his bohemian image), his philanthropy and his personality.


Pedro Martín José María Suárez-Vértiz Alva was born on 13 February 1969 in Callao, Perú. He was born in the "Hospital Naval del Callao", because his mother and his maternal grandfather belonged to the Marina de Guerra del Perú for many years. His younger brother, Patricio Suárez-Vétiz, is also a musician. They spent their whole childhood and adolescence in San Isidro, in front of the Olivar park, which is his favorite park in the world.[1]

Pedro was passionate for the music since he was a little child. By the age of one, Pedro settled the ornaments of his house down like a xylophone and smacked then with a wand to get melodies out of them. His father immediately bought him an old celesta Dulcitone, Pedro's first musical instrument. Just a few years later, his parents could buy him a piano.

He knew he wanted to be a singer when saw for the first time the movie A Hard Day's Night, in which the famous English band The Beatles appears.

He learned to play the piano and the guitar before he began school. At the age of 18, he attended the University of Lima, graduating with a degree in communications. In 1985 he formed his first band, "Paranoia", together with his brother Patricio Suárez Vértiz and school friends Edward Málaga-Trillo, Arturo Pomar, Eduardo Quevedo and Alex Kornhuber. In 1987, he formed the band Arena Hash with his brother Patricio, Arturo Pomar and Christian Meier. A few years later the band broke up and Vértiz began a solo career.


with Arena Hash[edit]

Solo career[edit]


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