Violinist Emanuel John Villarin, who has won in the National Music Competition for Young Artists (Namcya), will be presented in a recital at the Steinway Boutique Manila at Shangri-La Mall on June 8, 5:30 p.m.
Collaborating artist is pianist Dingdong Fiel.
Villarin started violin lessons at the age of 4. By the time he was 10, he had won the second prize in the Namcya. At 11, he was featured as Promil’s “Gifted Child” in its TV and print advertisements. He was also invited as a guest performer of dzFE Radio Station’s “Bravo Filipino” program.
One of the pioneering members of the Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra (MSJO), Villarin plays first violin and is frequently featured as a soloist. In July last year, the MSJO won first prize at the Summa Cum Laude International Music Festival in Vienna, Austria, and performed in Salzburg, Vienna, Prague and Munich. Villarin’s solo performance of Bartok’s “Rumanian Folk Dances” earned special commendation from the board of judges.
His June 8 recital will feature a challenging program consisting of the epic Tchaikovsky violin concerto, Beethoven’s romances, Saint-Saens’s introduction and rondo capriccioso.
Concert series is supported by the Henrietta SydecoTayengco Limjoco Foundation. —CONTRIBUTED
Tickets are at P500 each; tel. 7827164, 0918-3473027, 0920-9540053.