Paschoal Torzillo was born in Naples, Italy, where he studied the complete harp course. He came to Brazil at 16 and became a professor in the Musical Conservatory, still during the Monarchy. He was admitted in the court and became the music professor of the Princess Isabel. Also taught the Baroness of Botafogo, nephews of Quintino Bocaiúva, members of the Paranaguá family and other nobles. A regular in the highest music scene of the court, he was a friend of Arthur Napoleão's and Cardoso de Meneses's. Invited by Napoleão, performed in the orchestra of a lyrical company, which provoked a reprehension by the Conservatory director. Rebelling against the admonition, Torzillo left the Conservatory and went to play daily at the Leiteria Palmira (Rua do Ouvidor, 149).