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July 18, 2012


Selected outstanding 2011 First Prize winners of the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) will have their debut with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) on Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 8 PM at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater). The concert, entitled “Classical Champs: The Young Music Idols”, will feature Gabriel Paguirigan (Piano Category B), Jimmy Tagala (Violin Category C) and Jeline Oliva (Violin Category B) who will perform their winning concertos under the baton of PPO Music Director Olivier Ochanine.

Pianist Gabriel Paguirigan is a third year student, taking up a Diploma in the Creative and Performing Musical Arts (DCPMA) at the UP College of Music under Prof. Nita A. Quito. He was a graduate of the Philippine High School for the Arts where he was a recipient of the Makiling Academic Research Institute for the Arts (MARIA) scholarship given by the Cultural Center of the Philippines. As pianist, he has participated in numerous recitals, playing solo or chamber music in various local venues.

Violinist Jimmy Tagala, Jr. is working on building a solid violin repertoire with Prof. Gilopez Kabayao together with Melchora Regina Medina and Corazon Pineda Kabayao for chamber works, preparing him for solo recitals and possible music scholarships in other countries. Hewas one of the 35 competitors from 17 countries who qualified to compete at the 8th Seoul International Violin Competition in Korea last April, 2012. Presently, Jimmy is pursuing a Diploma Course in Violin at the St. Scholastica College of Music in Manila.

Jeline Oliva is currently under the Philippine Research for DevelopingInstrumental Soloists (PREDIS) program at St. Scholastica’s College under the tutelage of Gina Medina. As a member of the PREDIS Chamber
Orchestra, she has performed for the Filfest at Insularlife in Alabang and the National Orchestra Festival at the CCP, both under the batonof Prof. Jeffrey Solares. In 2007, she participated and performed inthe Third Asia Suzuki Conference held in La Salle Greenhills. A 2009“Pilipinas Got Talent” finalist, Jeline regularly performs on television and radio.
The winners competed and won the First Prize during the NAMCYA national Finals held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in November 2011.

The programme includes Borodin’s symphonic poem In the Steppes of Central Asia, Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in d minor, Op. 22 with Jeline Oliva as violin soloist, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 35 with Jimmy Tagala as violin soloist, and Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22 with Garbiel Paguirigan as piano soloist.

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Tickets to the concert are at P900, P700, P500 and P200 with 50% discount for students and 20% discount for senior citizens. For inquiries, please contact the CCP Box Office at 832-3704 and Ticketworld at 891-9999.

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