Raul Velasco attended the Indiana University School of Music, where he obtained his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in piano performance and his Doctorate in piano and pedagogy. His primary teachers have included South American pianist Teresa Quesada, and American pianists Zadel Skolovsky and Leonard Hokanson.
He has participated and performed in masterclasses and workshops given by renowned artists such as Gyorgy Sandor, Emanuel Ax, Isaac Stern, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Michelle Block, Gyorgy Sebok, and Menahem Pressler among others.
His orchestral engagements and solo recitals in South and Central America and in the United States include television appearances and radio broadcasts.
As a clinician, Raul Velasco has given workshops and masterclasses, and has adjudicated festivals and competitions in Canada and the United States. In addition, he is an examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto. He maintains a successful private studio in North Vancouver.