7 Filipino Classical Pianists Still Alive Today!

Hey Everyone! Since growing up I didn’t know ANY famous Filipino classical pianists, I thought it would be beneficial to do a roundup of 7 Filipino classical pianists who are still alive today! This will be an ongoing list since I know there are more Filipino classical pianists out there sweating it out on the keys  that the world has not heard of.

As a side note, to be honest, even though I was a classically trained pianist, I still don’t identify myself as a classical pianist because I’ve never had the desire to be a touring concert pianist. I’m just crazy about classical music and love teaching others from my own experiences in the classical repertoire (including other genres!). So until further ado, let’s get started!

  1. Ingrid Sala Santamaria

2. Cecile Licad

3. Albert Tiu

4. Jovianney Emmanuel Cruz

5. Adolovni Acosta

6. Maxelende Ganade (For quick reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maxelende_Ganade)

7. Rowena Sánchez Arrieta

Being a classically trained pianist requires extreme discipline, dedication, and artistry. When I was starting out in music school, it was encouraging and inspiring to know there were famous Filipino classical pianists who dedicated their lives to sharing their love for music with others. Thank God for Google!

Even if you’ve never played the piano before, don’t be fooled by the notion that it’s too late to learn. I truly believe playing the piano is for everyone, regardless of age, social background, or talent. It’s all up to you.

If you made it this far to my blog post, thank you for your time. Please share this post to anyone you know who might need encouragement that it’s okay to be a classical pianist or have a career in the fine arts. You are not alone.

Love,

Trisha

 

Lifestyle – Growing up with Classical Music

My first memory of really enjoying classical music and letting my imagination run wild was in third grade while I was listening to Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals. I was getting ready for a music memory contest in school and had to listen to about ten classical music pieces. I remember putting the tape in my sister’s stereo and just laying on her bed mesmerized with my eyes closed.

Before that I had limited encounters with classical music just in piano recitals (Fur Elise and The Entertainer) and cartoons (Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny). I think competing in music memory contests and learning how to play the piano were pivotal in developing my love for classical music. As I grew up, my love for the classics influenced my taste in literature, fashion, film, and even who I dated.

Consequently, here are three piano pieces I loved when I was growing up (12-13 yrs old) exploring and playing classical piano music. I also listened to other genres of music at that time, but classical piano music has a special place in my heart.

Fantaisie Impromptu, Op.66 – Chopin

Liebestraum – Love Dream – Liszt

Träumerei – Dreaming – Schumann

Yup, I’m a dreamer. What classical music did you grow up with? Leave a comment!

Love,

Trisha