The SPECIAL CONCERT SERIES originated from the FILIPINO ARTIST SERIES which features outstanding young Filipino artists in solo concerts. The series also highlights local and international prize winners in vocal and instrumental music and artists with performing careers abroad. The program seeks to get the general public and the youth to watch and appreciate classical music and be exposed to dynamic young Filipino artists who are making a mark on the classical music scene.
ARTISTIC PROFILES OF THE PERFORMERS:
OLIVER SALONGA, piano
“A highly lyrical first movement, a well-nuanced second movement, and a vibrant last movement characterized Oliver Salonga’s interpretation of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21, with the Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO)…”
- Pablo A. Tariman, Philippine Daily Inquirer; September 8, 2013
Praised for his emotional energy and technical brillance, Oliver Salonga has enthralled music aficionados in the concert halls of the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, China, Australia, and the Philippines.
Born in Manila, the Philippines on June 26, 1986, Mr. Salonga started playing the piano at age 7 under the tutelage of Prof. Carmencita Arambulo. He gave his first solo public recital at the age 11 playing the Mozart Piano Concerto in d minor K. 466. He first came to the attention of the Manila’s music enthusiasts and gained national recognition when he won the National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) twice in a row – 1998 and in 2001. He graduated with high honors from the Philippine High School for the Arts and was awarded as Outstanding Graduate Artist for Music. After performing the Grieg Piano Concerto Opus 16 in Singapore, he made his debut at the Cultural Center of the Philippines with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Ruggiero Barbieri.
Recently, he obtained his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at University of Southern California studying under the guidance of Mr. Norman Krieger. In addition, he minored in Music Analysis, Music Management, Audio-Engineering, and Collaborative Arts. In 2009 and 2011, he obtained his Master of Music and Artist Diploma in Piano Performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the guidance of 2001 Van Cliburn Silver Medalist, Antonio Pompa-Baldi and was awarded the Sadie Zellen Piano Prize for his superior musical talent. Under his guidance, Salonga won the Gold Medal in 2008 Joenju International Piano Competition in South Korea. Also, he has been invited to the world's most prestigious competitions including the Hilton Head International Piano Competition (2010), Scottish International Piano Competition (2011), and Rina Sala Gallo International Piano Competition (2011) to name a few.
His orchestral engagements were received with critical acclaim. In 2005, He played the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2 in c minor with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under the baton of George Ellis and got a standing ovation after his performance. Later that year, he performed the Liszt Piano Concerto No.2 in A major with the Lynn University Philharmonia under the baton of Albert George Schram and with the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Rodel Colmenar. In 2014, he performed Chopin Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor with the Manila Symphony Orchestra with Antonio Molina as the conductor.
Currently, Oliver is under the guidance of Prof. Angela Cholakyan, Russian concert pianist and pedagogue, at the Soochow University in China and serves as her assistant. He also handles piano duo ensembles and piano students in the preparatory division. With their partnership, Oliver has won 2nd prize in 2015 Steinway National Piano Competition and 2nd prize in 2015 Yamaha Piano Competition in China.
TRIPLE FRET, guitar trio
"Noteworthy too was the set played by three female classical guitarists who call themselves, collectively, Triple Fret. That all three ladies are undeniably well-trained classical guitarists is impressive enough, as classical guitar is one of the most difficult things to do on earth. That all three of them are attractive to boot is proof that life is seldom fair."
- Aya Yuson, GMA News Online; June 11, 2012
Award-winning all female guitar trio Triple Fret is composed of Jenny de Vera, Iqui Vinculado and Marga Abejo, all music graduates. Two of them graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Music: Jenny, a degree in Classical Guitar, and Marga a degree in Music Education. Iqui Vinculado earned her degree in Classical Guitar at the UST Conservatory of Music.
The group was formed in 2011 when Jenny, Iqui and Marga were all music students. Jenny then was president and only female member of the UP Guitar Orchestra. Iqui on the other hand, was the president of the UST Guitar Ensemble. Together they formed to create more audiences for classical guitar and to inspire others to inspire the younger generation to learn the instrument.
Triple Fret has since chalked up many memorable performances here and overseas, inside and beyond “prestigious” halls, including: Kilis, Turkey, where they played in a Syrian refugee camp; Brunei, where they headlined a benefit concert for Yolanda victims and raised 20,000 Brunei dollars; as well as in Palacio de la Guitarra in Ibaraki, Japan and the history-laden La Beneficiencia in Valencia, Spain.
Performing for fellow Pinoys remains to be Triple Fret’s favorite, like playing before thousands of kids in GenSan, before OFWs in Yokohama, Japan and before a jampacked audience when they launched their debut record #GitaraFilipina in 2014.
The group’s most significant achievement was winning the top prize in the 27th Japan Guitar EnsembleFestival held in Tokyo on June 28, 2015. They likewise received the Japan Guitar Association Award and the Harumi Award for Best Performance of an Original Contemporary Composition for Guitar.
BIANCA CAMILLE LOPEZ, soprano
A graduate of the Philippine High School for the Arts in Mt. Makiling, Los Banos, Laguna, Bianca Camille Lopez now holds a diploma in creative and performing musical arts major in Voice at the University of the Philippines College of Music under Prof. Cecilia Valena. She was a member of the Philippine Madrigal Singers for nine years starting in 2007 when they won the European Grand Prix in Arezzo, Italy until August 2015. To date, she has done numerous concerts with the Madz throughout Europe, North and South America, and to different parts of Asia and the Philippines.
In the field of opera, she played the title role in Antonin Dvorak's Rusalka held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and at the Abelardo Hall of the UP College of Music on September 2014. She also played Paz, the wife of Juan Luna in the most recent production of Spoliarium, an opera in three acts with libretto by Fides Cuyugan Asencio, music by Ryan Cayabyab, and directed by Anton Juan at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in Manhattan, New York in October 2015. She sings classical-pop crossover songs with fellow Philippine High School for the Arts batchmate Twinkle Prietos. Together they form the duo The Nightingales which was launched in a concert at the Theater in Solaire on November 29,2015.
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