Expression Music Ensemble
The group consists of teachers and students from Expression Music Academy in Brunei Darussalam. It is the first time for them to participate in the Asia Suzuki Conference. The group will perform a Bruneian folk song which was especially arranged for them by Sam Cho, an alumni of Expression Music who is now in Kassel, Germany to pursue a degree in music.
GMS Piano Ensemble
Janna Pena (19), Gregory Cheong (16), Jershon Ang (15), and Hansel Ang (15) are all Suzuki piano students in Book 7 and beyond, studying under Professor Carmencita Arambulo at the Greenhills Music Studio (GMS). All four of them have won top prizes in multiple national level piano competitions. These include the National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) 2016, the 3rd Philippine Steinway Youth Piano Competition, the 2017 PTGP Sonatina-Sonata Piano Competition, and the 2018 PTGP Bach & Baroque Competition. They also performed at the Suzuki conferences in Taipei and Bali, as well as the Konzertfest fundraising concert in November 2017. As a group, their multi-piano performances display the importance of communication, cooperation, and collaboration in the Suzuki method.
The Panagsagan Duo, consisting of the brothers Juan Paolo and Miguel Lorenzo Panagsagan, is a pianistic powerhouse. Paolo started the piano at age six and has studied with Prof. Gemma Filipina Malicdem and Prof. Carmencita G. Arambulo, finishing Books 1-7 of the Suzuki Method. He is currently a piano major at the UP College of Music under the tutelage of Prof. Carolyn K. Cheng. Miguel started at age 7 and shifted to Prof. Arambulo at age 12, also doing the Suzuki Method in spite of the stringent requirements of the Philippine Science High School, where he was a scholar. He is currently taking up Electronics and Communications Engineering at the University of the Philippines.
Both boys attended the Music Fest 2017 in Perugia, Italy taking masterclasses in piano from various international teachers. They have won numerous awards in piano, most notable being 1st Place in the PTGP Piano Ensemble Competition (2013) for their wonderful ensemble playing. Paolo has been awarded 2nd Prize and Best Interpretation of Contest Piece in the National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) Juniors Category (2014); 2nd Prize, Leonor Kilayko Piano Competition (2017) and he tied for 2nd Prize (no 1st prize) in the NAMCYA Seniors Category (2017). Miguel, on the other hand, was awarded 2nd place in the Piano Teachers’ Guild of the Philippines (PTGP) Etude Competition Category B (2015) and in 2016 he bested 52 other competitors to win 3rd place at the HSTL Mozart Piano Concerto Competition and a special award for best interpretation of the contest piece.
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Kaitlyn Shu Too, 15, Natalia C. Araña, 13, and Sophia P. Bantilan, 14 make up this newly formed trio who first performed together at the Konzertfest last November 30, 2017 at the Ayala Museum. Encouraged by their Suzuki teachers Janine Samaniego, Patrick Garcia and Carolyn Cheng to perform, Kaitlyn, Natalia (violin) and Sophia (piano) played the 1st and 2nd movements of Antonio Vivaldi’s Sonata Da Camera a Tre. All of the young ladies grew up with music through the Suzuki method. Kaitlyn started to learn violin at the age of 7 and is currently in Book 6, Natalia started at age 6 and is now in Book 5, while Sophia started piano at 8 (currently in Book 5) then violin at 10 (currently in Book 4). They are not only goal-setters in music however, they are also well-rounded individuals with each of them ranking high academically in their respective schools and winning big in various competitions in math, swimming, golf, debate, etc. Since their first performance, they’ve been very eager to perform again and are excited to share their music with other young musicians like them.
Star Suzuki Strings
The STAR Suzuki Strings is an ensemble of more than one hundred young violinists led by Homer C. Ilao. Majority of its members are in elementary and high school while others are college students and professionals. Some are as young as three, who are joined by some parents who take violin lessons with their children. The group serves as a training ground to enhance performance skills, strengthen discipline, and foster teamwork among Teacher Homer’s students. They hold summer camp and Christmas concerts every year since its formation in 2004. They perform for church and state functions, fund-raising events, and various socio-civic programs. Several of Teacher Homer’s students are now Suzuki violin teachers themselves and their pupils occasionally take part in the ensemble.
Teacher Homer began Suzuki training in 2003 and from then on has been actively participating in all the national workshops and regional conferences conducted by the Philippine Suzuki Association and the Asia Region Suzuki Association. He has been teaching violin for twenty seven (27) years.
TTEA Violin Group
TTEA Violin Group consists of teachers and students of Taiwan Talent Education Association. Its director is Prof. Lan Ku Chen.
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