Hansel Harel Ang, 15 years old, began his formal Suzuki training with Prof. Carmencita G. Arambulo at the age of 4. He has won many awards in local piano competitions: 1st prize, Category B1 in the 2018 Piano Teachers’ Guild of the Philippines (PTGP) Bach and Baroque competition; 1st prize, Category B in the 2017 PTGP Sonatina-Sonata Piano Competition; 1st prize, Category B in the 2016 PTGP Etude Competition among others. Hansel also won 1st prize in Category B and was chosen to be the Grand Prize Winner of the 3rd Philippine Steinway Youth Competition. He represented the Philippines in the 3rd Asia Youth Piano Regional Steinway Competition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2016. He was the youngest pianist selected to perform with the Taiwan Festival Orchestra at the 5th Asian Suzuki Conference Gala Concert in Taipei, Taiwan and with the Bangkok String Quartet at the 6th Asian Suzuki Conference Gala Concert in Bali, Indonesia.
Paulina C. Araña, 10, began taking piano lessons when she was 5 in the Suzuki Method in Greenhills Music Studio (GMS). The following year, she began her musical journey with Prof. Carmencita G. Arambulo who is her teacher to this day. She won 3rd place, Category A2 at the Piano Teachers’ Guild of the Philippines (PTGP) Sonata-Sonatina Competition in 2017, her first ever competition. She was a featured soloist at the Konzertfest held at the Ayala Museum last November 2017. Aside from playing the piano, Paulina also swims competitively and loves making art.
Born in Jakarta in 2004, Heidi started to learn music instruments with the Suzuki method at age 4 with Therese Wirakesuma (violin) and her father, Stephen Cahyadi (piano). 3 years later, she asked to learn cello. Her teachers are Rachman Noor, Hye-Jin Park, Vahur Luhtsalu, Leslie Tan, and Herrick Ortiz who has taught her through Skype until she finished Suzuki Cello Book 10 last year. She was a prizewinner in the 2011 Gloriamus Open Violin Competition. In 2015, she received the Korea Culture Association of Indonesia Award as the 3rd grand prize winner in the Jakarta International Music Competition hosted by the Korean Music Association in Indonesia. In March 2017, she was accepted (by blind audition) as the youngest member in the Jakarta City Philharmonic, a professional orchestra that performs classical repertoire every month in Jakarta.
Gregory Cheong, 16 years old, is currently studying piano under Professor Carmencita G. Arambulo at the Greenhills Music Studio. In 2016 he made it to the semifinal round of the HSTL Mozart Piano Competition out of 53 contestants. He won second prize, Category B in the 2017
Piano Teachers’ Guild of the Philippines (PTG) Sonata-Sonatina Competition and first prize, Category B2 in the 2018 PTGP Bach and Baroque Competition. He was selected to perform as part of the Young Artists’ Concert at the 6th Asian Suzuki Conference in Bali, Indonesia. He is currently a grade 10 student at Keys School Manila.
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Yu-Chia Chiu began learning the violin at the age of three through the Suzuki Method. She has studied the violin with Dr. Lan Ku Chen, the President of the Taiwan Talent Education Association (TTEA) since 2013 and has had master classes with Brian Lewis, Iskandar Widjaja, Siow Lee Chin and Yossif Ivanov. Yu-Chia has won numerous awards, among them first prize in the junior division of the Taipei Music Competition, South District in 2015 and 2017; the Gold prize at the 3rd Singapore Raffles International Music Festival Violin Competition, Junior B Category in 2016 and the first prize at National Music Competition for Youth in Taiwan in 2018. She has performed with the Festival Orchestra at the 5th Asia Suzuki Conference Gala Concert in Taipei and at the 6th Asia Region Suzuki Conference Young Artists Concert in Bali, Indonesia. In June 2015, she performed in the 1st Xiamen University International Strings Conference in Xiamen, China and again at the 10th European Suzuki Convention Davos 2015 in Switzerland.
Gabriel Mari F. Domagas or Gabe, started playing the violin at 3 years of age. His first violin teacher was Mr. Ariel Arambulo at Greenhills Music Studio. In 2011, he performed as a soloist at the 4th Asia Region Suzuki Music Conference held in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. In 2014, he was accepted as a National Scholar at the Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA) under the tutelage of Professor Sergio Esmilla. In 2016, he joined the National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) Category B for Solo Violin under the training of Denise Huang and reached the semi-finals. Gabe is a member of the Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra (MSJO) that won 2nd place in the 2017 Summa Cum Laude International Music Festival held at the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna under the baton of Jeffrey Solares.
Born on May 28, 2000 Adrian Nicholas Ong started violin lessons at the age of nine with Suzuki-trained teacher Ms. Melissa Esguerra who guided him to his acceptance as a national scholar of the Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA). There he was awarded a scholarship to study under Prof. Gina Medina-Perez.
He is currently studying at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, USA on scholarship as an incoming senior in high school, under the tutelage of Paul Sonner. He has been on the school’s academic and artistic High Honors List for the past two years. He was recently offered a scholarship by the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, for the Young Artist’s Summer Program (YASP) to be held July 2018 and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in Massachusetts, as well as the Meadowmount School of Music in New York.
Adrian made his orchestral debut with the Manila Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Prof. Arturo Molina at age 15 playing Bach Concerto for Two Violins. He was a featured soloist at the “Concert for the Youth” with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra performing Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso under the baton of Maestro Yoshikazu Fukumura in August of 2017.
Jodeline Michaela Pecson
Micah began learning how to play the violin when she was 4, and currently is a senior high scholar of the Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA). In 2007, she was handpicked by Maestro Ruggiero Barbieri to perform the first movement of Vivaldi’s Concerto in A minor with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO). In 2008, she joined the Philippine Research for the Development of Instrumental Soloists (PREDIS) and was its youngest member until 2012. Micah is a founding member and the concertmaster of the Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra (MSJO) which she led to a 2nd prize victory at the 2017 Summa Cum Laude International Music Festival held at the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria. She presently is the student of Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra (MSJO) conductor, Jeffrey Solares.
Janna began playing the piano under the Suzuki Method with her only piano teacher since 2004, Prof. Carmencita Arambulo. She recently graduated valedictorian with highest honors from the Philippine High School for the Arts, and in August, will begin pursuing her bachelor’s degree in piano performance in Lynn University Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Dr. Roberta Rust. She has won several awards including 1st prize and Best in Contest Piece in the 2009 Piano Teachers’ Guild of the Philippines (PTGP) Beethoven Competition, 2nd prize in the 2016 National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) Juniors Category and 2nd prize, Category B in the 2015 PTGP Etude Competition, among others. She has performed in Suzuki music conferences held in Sabah, Taiwan, Japan, and Indonesia. Immensely interested in music education, she has attended Suzuki teacher training for Books 1 and 2, and presently teaches piano to beginners the Suzuki way.
Emanuel John Villarin
A second year scholar at the Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA), 14 year-old violinist Emanuel started his violin lessons at the age of four with Ms. Sara Maria Gonzales. In 2013, at the age of 10, he won the Second Prize at the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) for Solo Violin Category A. After competitive auditions, EJ was selected to perform the Mozart Violin Concerto in D Major at the Young Artists Gala Concert of the 2016 Asia Region Suzuki Conference held in Bali, Indonesia. EJ has had masterclasses with renowned pedagogues and violinists such as Christoph Poppen, Thanos Adamopuolos, Diomedes Saraza Jr., Paul Landefeld, Iskandar Widjaja, Mark Mutter, Alexandra Bartoi and Rebecca Schlappich.
Shi-Xuan Yang was born in Taipei in 2008. She began learning the violin with the Suzuki method at age four and is now under the tutelage of Dr. Lan Ku Chen. She has been specially selected to have master classes with Cho-Liang Lin and Yossif Ivanov from Belguim. At her young age she already has won several awards: third prize in the junior division of the Taipei City Music Competition under the violin solo category in 2015; Gold Medal in the Singapore Raffles Music Festival Competition in 2016; first prize in the junior division of the Taipei Music Competition under the violin solo category in 2017. She has performed at the 5th Asia Suzuki Conference Starlight Concert in Taiwan, at the Xiamen University International Strings Conference, and at the European Suzuki Convention in Davos, Switzerland in 2015.