Ms Fiorella Montero Diaz

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Personal profile

This page refers to activity in the period 2009-2014


I am a Peruvian sound engineer with strong interest in ethnomusicology, anthropology and popular music. I completed a PG. Diploma in Musicological Studies at the Peruvian National Music Conservatory (Honours) and an M.Mus in ethnomusicology at Goldsmiths – University of London (Distinction). In 2009 I started a MPhil/PhD at Royal Holloway –University of London (Reid Research Scholarship). In 2010 I conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Lima–Peru studying  popular intercultural music fusions and their impact on the upper classes in Lima. For this I received a generous grant from the University of London Central Research Fund (CRF). 


My doctoral dissertation examines popular intercultural music fusions and their impact on the traditional white upper class in Lima, a social class often antagonized and understudied in Peru. It is a study of this social class attempts to shorten the gap between their exclusive social reality and the imagined wider more Andean population through popular intercultural fusions. This study gives a brief overview of the origin of Lima’s traditional white elite and upper class', their lifestyle, imaginary and canons – particularly regarding the relation with “the other”, in an attempt to de-essentialize and deconstruct the notion of “white upper class”. This social class seem to distance themselves from the Andean Lima; furthermore, there is also a largely imagined divide within the upper class, born out of identity doubts and mainly grounded in the imagined relation with the other. For part of the upper class, fusion music is an important distinction tool and fusion venues are a space where they can engage politically with “the Andean” through inter-ethnic / socio-economic collaborations. 


Based on a classification of the contemporary Peruvian intercultural fusion music consumed by the Limeño upper classes, as well as a detailed exploration of different ethnographic case studies, this thesis centres on a two-pronged discussion. On the one hand, it explores why upper class musicians are transgressing “allowed” spaces and genres in search of their “Peruvian sound”, their own identity, and also seeking to engage in political debate by actively representing the country’s multiculturalism in music; on the other hand, it looks at why part of the white upper class audience seems to be following their lead as they seem to feel part of a healed post-war, post-classist Lima.


Research interests

  • Anthropology of Music
  • Cultural and national identity through music
  • Elite's music trends (Music and social class)
  • Indigeneity and representation
  • Intercultural music hybrids (fusions)
  • Music, media and technology
  • Latin American Popular Music


Guest Lecturer

  • Dec 2014 - King’s College London – Recent trends in Latin American and Latino Popular Music. (Music: first-year undergraduate course)
  • Oct 2014 - Royal Holloway University of London – Topics in World Music (Latin American digital fusions). (Music: M.Mus postgraduate course).


  • 2013 – 2014 - Royal Holloway University of London: Course Co-Lecturer/Module designer – MU5555 Digital Fusions in Latin America (Music: M.Mus postgraduate course)

 Tutorial Assistant/Marker

  • 2012 – 2014 - Royal Holloway University of London: MU2004 Studies in Music, Media and Technology (Music: second-year undergraduate course)
  • 2012 – 2013 - Royal Holloway University of London: MU2003 Studies in Ethnomusicology (Music: second-year undergraduate course)
  • 2011 – 2013 - Royal Holloway University of London: MU1116 Introduction to World Music (Music: first-year undergraduate course)

Higher Education Examination Supervisor

  • 2011 – 2014 - Royal Holloway University of London: Supervising invigilators and guaranteeing the proper conduct of examinations.

Primary and Secondary School Teacher

  • 2005 – 2007 - Villa Caritas School, Peru: Head of Music Department. Teaching music in primary and secondary school (4-17 year olds). Designing a new music syllabus; training and managing music teachers.

Technological Institute Orson Welles, Lima-Peru.

  • 2002-2003 Tutorial Assistant - Sound in audiovisual production



  • British Forum of Ethnomusicology – Affiliate since 2008
  • Royal Music Association – Affiliate since 2009
  • Latin American Society Association - Affiliate since 2012
  • International United World Colleges Association – Affiliate since 1999
  • Peruvian United World Colleges Association – Alumni and Network Coordinator (2002-2008), General Secretary (2002-2005). 

Educational background

  • 2009 – 2014: Royal Holloway – University of London. PhD in Ethnomusicology. Awarded Reid Research Scholarship for overseas academic excellence. Fieldwork grants: Central Research Fund, Royal Holloway University research grant.
  • 2007 – 2008: Goldsmiths– University of London. Master of Music in Ethnomusicology (Distinction). Awarded Postgraduate International Scholarship for academic excellence.
  • 2006: National Music Conservatory, Peru. Post Graduate Diploma in Peruvian Musicology. Ranked first in graduating class
  • 2001 – 2004: Instituto Superior Tecnológico Orson Welles, Peru. Degree in Sound Engineering. Ranked first in graduating class. Awarded scholarship for academic excellence.
  • 1997 – 1999: Red Cross Nordic United World Colleges (RCNUWC), Norway. International Baccalaureate – Bilingual Diploma. Chamber music and correpetition. Selected as National Representative on full scholarship.
  • 1992 – 1997: National Music Conservatory, Peru. Concert pianist studies. Full scholarship for artistic and academic achievement


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