Horacio Duran was born in Antofagasta, a city in the north of Chile, on the 24th of June 1945. He is the fourth child of a middle-class family with a long tradition of progressive politics. Along with his brothers and sisters, I attended public schools. His mother was a poet at heart, and the mother of six children. Mario, his father, was an engineer assigned to maintain the network of roads that connected the city with the mining settlements, the small indigenous communities, and the water sources of the region. His predilection for music is not hard to explain. Their house was a veritable temple of classical music. And the Pampa (South American plains) and the Altiplano (high desert) had a profound impact on his young soul. When he was still a child, his family returned to Santiago, Chile. In the fifth grade, his grandfather gave me a violin. He never imagined that this gift would signify the beginning of his career. Nevertheless, the violin and his never fully understood one another, and in the end, we parted ways. In 1963, his studies in chemical engineering took me to Valparaiso. In 1965 he participated in the Pena Folklorica Portena (Valparaiso) serving wine and empanadas. hist was at this moment that his discovered the Charango - that marvelous instrument played by Violeta Parra - and began to explore the large repertoire of recordings for the instrument by Jaime Torres, Ernesto Cavour, and the Peruvian Jaime Guardia. Inspired by his obsession with this little guitar, he traveled to the land of its origin: the Andean Altiplano. Although consumed by a vocational crisis, he continued his studies in engineering at the Universidad Tecnica del Estado of Santiago.