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Lopez Museum hosts Ultimate Pianist preliminary tilt

FILIPINO PIANISTS based abroad and Philippines-based pianists of any nationality will compete in the preliminary round of the Ultimate Pianist competition at the Lopez Memorial Museum on July 21 and 22.

Now on its second edition, the Competition aims to discover and promote young pianists in the Philippines, to provide performing opportunities and to help enhance their careers.

Backed by First Gen Corp., the round will require the pianists to perform a solo recital of works that represent each of the four styles of the piano literature: Baroque, Classical, Romantic or 20th century works.

The three-part tilt will test the contenders’ skills as solo recitalists, as accompanists to singers, as collaborative chamber musicians and as soloists with an orchestra.

The semifinal collaboration round follows at the Marian Auditiorium of the Miriam College on July 23. On July 26, a jury composed of pianists and pedagogues from different countries will hand out the Lourdes L. Villanueva-Cruz Memorial Award and special awards during the final concerto round and awarding ceremony at the Philamlife Theater.

The award’s purpose is not only to crown the Ultimate Pianist but also to bestow on the recipient “the responsibility of living a life of moral consciousness, righteousness, discipline, and whose actions result in the service of others, country, and God.”

For more information, log on to http://www.ultimatepianist.org/ or contact artistic director Jovianney Emmanuel Cruz at cameratadellarte@yahoo.com.ph.

The Lopez Memorial Museum is at the ground floor, Benpres Building, Exchange Road corner Meralco Avenue, Pasig. Museum days and hours are Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., except Sunday and holidays. Entrance fee is P60 for elementary students, P80 for high school and college students, and P100 for adults. For more information call 631-2417 or email pezseum@skyinet.net.