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May 4, 2013

MCO Foundation's Great Performances Series: Albert Tiu and Marcel Luxen

As part of the MCO Foundation 28th Season, two internationally acclaimed artists - pianist Albert Tiu and clarinetist Marcel Luxen - will open MCO Foundation's Great Performances Series this coming June 1, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ayala Museum, Makati City.

Pianist Albert Tiu is described by American Record guide (classical music magazine) as having "the heart and soul of a true romantic pianist, as well as an abundance of technical skills. He can float a delicate melody one moment and rise to an impressive and exciting climax the next… His writing, based on superb program notes, supports his program-building ability quite nicely.

He is a pianist I would go out of my way to hear in concert". Considered as one of the finest Filipino pianists of his generation, Albert Tiu has performed as soloist with St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Baden-Baden Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic, Winnipeg Symphony, and Finnish Radio Symphony, to name a few. He has collaborated with the Tang String Quartet, Ysaye Quartet, Australian String Quartet, violinist Pierre Amoyal, Cho-Liang Lin, Kam Ning, Qin Li Wei, and Robert McDuffie, among other artists.

Belgian clarinetist Marcel Luxen has performed extensively as chamber and orchestral musician, and soloist throughout Europe and in Asia, Australia and the US. He has won prizes in national and international competitions (including the Masterplayers International Music Competition, Lugano and the Brussels International Clarinet Competition) and played in some of the world's most prestigious concert halls including the Musikverein, Concertgebouw, Salle Pleyel, Royal Albert Hall, Suntory Hall, Palais des Beaux-Arts, and Avery Fisher Hall.

Luxen has performed as soloist with the Belgium Radio Television Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata Leodiensis, Euregio Orchester, and the Orchestre de Chambre de Wallonie, and worked with conductors and chamber music partners such as Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Leonard Bernstein, Daniel Blumenthal, Maurice Bourgue, Antal Dorati, Lorin Maazel, Qin Li-Wei, and Ronald van Spaendonck. He was Clarinet Soloist with the Belgian Radio-Television Philharmonic orchestra (BRT) in Brussels before winning another solo position as a founding member of the (now internationally-acclaimed) Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in 1997.

Together, they will perform heartwarming sonatas of Brahms, Schumann's touching Fantasie Stucke and the fiendish Weber's Duo Concertante. Aside from the performance, Albert Tiu will hold a special masterclass on June 2 from 9 - 12 noon, and Marcel Luxen from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m., both to be held at the Ayala Museum. The Masterclasses will be open to the public free of charge.

Contact Details:
For more details, please call MCO Foundation at (63 2) 750-0768 or (63 920) 954-0053 or email: and Ticketworld at (63 2) 891-9999.

Buy tickets at

Ayala Museum
Greenbelt Park

Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa St., Greenbelt Park, Ayala Center
Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines

Saturday June 1, 2013

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