Raúl W. Capistrán was born in Matamoros Tamaulipas, México. He began his piano studies at age seventeen in the Regional Institute of Fine Arts of Matamoros with teachers Mr. Andrés Botello (popular piano), Mr. Carlos Martínez (classical piano), and Mr. Heriberto Pacheco (guitar and sight-reading). In 1985 Capistrán moved to Monterrey, Nuevo Leon where he got his Bachelor degree in piano performance at Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey (Superior School of Music and Dance of Monterrey)
During his studies at Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey, Raúl W. Capistrán had the honor of being one of the winners in the first intercollegiate contest participating in the recording of a CD.
In 1993, Capistrán, together with the tenor Carlos Paredes recorded a tape with the most representative music for piano and for piano and voice from the repertoire of the Mexican composers.
In two occasions (1994 and 2005) he has received grants awarded by the Council for the Culture and the Arts of the State of Tamaulipas to publish the results of his research in Mexican musicology.
In 1994 he was invited by the Consulate of Rumania in Monterrey to give a tour of concerts in the Cities of Bucharest and Iasi.
In 1995, Capistrán was one of the winners in the contest “New Talents” called by the Nuevo Leon Symphony Orchestra. In 1997 Baylor University awarded him a full assistantship to get a master degree in piano performance under the direction of professor Krassimira Jordan. Raúl W. Capistrán graduated with distinction in 1999 and was invited to become a member of Pi Kappa Lambda (The American Honor Music Society). The same year, the city of Matamoros Tamaulipas awarded him a diploma in recognition for his musical career.
In 2001, he traveled to Vienna, Austria to take a series of master classes with Wolfang Watzinger at the Vienna Musik Akademy. Dr. Capistrán has also taken master classes with Abbey Simmon, Lita Guerra, William Westney, Tim Carey and Samir Golescu among others.
In 2002 the University of Texas Tech awarded Raul W. Capistrán a full assistantship to work on a doctorate in piano pedagogy under the direction of professor Jane Ann Wilson. The same year, he received the Southwestern Bell Chancellor’s Fellowship for graduate studies. He graduated in August 2005. At the moment of his graduation he received the Outstanding Part-Time Instructor Award from the Graduate School as well as the Student Achievement Recognition Award from the Music Teachers National Association.
Raul W. Capistran has given numerous recitals in some of the most important cities of Mexico, such as Matamoros, Reynosa, Ciudad Victoria, Monterrey, Saltillo, Monclova, Zacatecas, Morelia and Puebla, as well as in Mexico City. In the state of Texas Mr. Capistrán has given recitals for the Fine Arts Academy (Brownsville ISD), the University of Texas in Brownsville, the University of Texas Tech, Lubbock Christian University, Wayland Baptist University, Abiline Christian University and South Plains College. As a lecturer he has given presentations for the Texas Music Teachers Association, the Centro Nacional de Investigación Musical (National Center for Musical Research) in México City as well as the at Cima y Sima National Symposium of Musicology.
He has performed as a soloist with the Symphony Orchestra of Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, the Symphony Orchestra of Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas, the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Nuevo Leon and the Camerata Ars under the direction of conductors Guillermo Villarreal, David Garcia, Felix Carrasco, and Antonio Baptista and Juan Jose Maldonado.
Nowadays he works at Colegio de San Juan Siglo XXI, Superior School of Music and as an adjunct professor for University of Texas at Brownsville.