The Manila Chamber Orchestra Foundation Inc., (MCOF) in partnership with the Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL), kicked off the Young Artists’ Series 2012 recital series at the FHL Reading Room last July.Carrying the theme Today’s Prodigies…Tomorrow’s Masters, the series featured the debut recitals of three outstanding musicians from the MCOF’s deep pool of musical talent. Violinist Christian Tan performed on July 12, soprano Elaine Vibal on July 19, and flutist Raymond Serreal on July 26.
Tan was the youngest violinist invited to join the Asian Youth Orchestra in its 17-city Asian tour. Dr. Richard Pontzious, founder and music director of the Asian Youth Orchestra, also awarded Tan the Artistic Director Achievement Award “for his extraordinary commitment and dedication to hone his artistry.” He performed the music of Ysaÿe, Saint-Saëns, Wieniawski, Sarasate, and Ravel.
Vibal, known to possess an elegant, innocent, and distinct voice, won the 2009 Jovita Fuentes Vocal Competition. She is a student of Camille Lopez-Molina of the University of the Philippines College of Music. For her recital, Vibal performed works by Handel, Bellini, Debussy, Liszt, Puccini, Strauss, and De Leon.
Meanwhile, Serreal recently passed the audition for the Rome Music Festival Orchestra. A regular winner in National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA), his playing is described as “a combination of enchanting sensitive lyricism and hypnotizing forcefulness.” He performed music by Bach, de Leon, Chaminade, and Hindemith.
MCOF’s Young Artists’ Series 2012 poster
The library also hosted a special performance dubbed Trio: Best of Chamber Music on July 20. The event featured pianist Maryanne Espina, violinist Gina Medina, and cellist Wilfredo Pasamba doing group and solo performances.