June 24, 2022




The Cultural Center of the Philippines


June 24, 2022 | 8:00 PM

Streamed for FREE on the CCP Youtube Channel, and the CCP and PPO Facebook Pages

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) Recital Series, a monthly online performance of standard classical repertoire by selected members of the PPO, is down to its eighth and final episod. This series highlights the different instruments of the orchestra in a recital format. Aside from educating audiences on classical music appreciation, the series is envisioned to make the aural and visual experience of classical music more accessible to everyone through online platforms.

The series finale focuses on the double bass (contrabass), the bass instrument of the string section. The contrabass has a full and dark sound, and depending on its individual strings, it can be heavy, wafting, somber, earthy, resonant, menacing, violent, or mellow.

To cap the PPO Recital Series, Ariston Payte III, principal of the PPO contrabass section and featured performer for this episode, will showcase his mastery of the instrument, highlighting his technique and sensitive artistry. Together with pianist Mary Anne Espina, he will perform Adolf Misek‘s Double Bass and Piano Sonata No. 2 Op. 6 in E minor; a virtuosic four-movement piece that shows off the expressive range of the contrabass.


Ariston Payte, Principal Contrabass

Ariston Payte III received his Bachelor of Music degree Major in Contrabass from the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Manuel Pinon. He was then awarded a scholarship grant by the Elisabeth University of Music in Hiroshima, Japan where he obtained his Master of Music degree in Contrabass Performance, studying with Ken-ichi Saito. While in Hiroshima, he became a member of the Elisabeth University of Music Orchestra under Maestro Kazuyoshi Akiyama and performed with the Hiroshima Bach Soloist.

In 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2004, he participated in the Asian Youth Orchestra and had rehearsals in an extensive program of music in Hongkong under Maestro Sergiu Comissiona. Concerts took place subsequently in Hongkong, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, China, Taiwan, Thailand, and Australia. In 1996, he attended the ASEAN Youth Music Workshop held in Bangkok, Thailand, and became a prize winner at the National Music Competition for Young Artist Contrabass category C.

In November 2008, he performed as soloist with the University of Santo Tomas Symphony Orchestra in the Tribute to the Thomasians concert held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

He performed with the ASEAN Symphony Orchestra in Vietnam, ABC Orchestra in Cambodia, Orchestra Nipponica Tokyo, and Asia in Resonance Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo.

Presently, he is the Principal of the contrabass section of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and a faculty member at the UST Conservatory of Music. He is a former member of the UST Symphony Orchestra and the San Miguel Philharmonic Orchestra.

He is a recipient of the Benavides Achievement Award at the University of Santo Tomas in 2001.

Fri 06/24 8:00pm