“DANZAS: A DUO PIANO CONCERT FEATURES RENE DALANDAN AND MARITES FERNANDEZ”
The Cultural Center of the Philippines in cooperation with the Gilopez Kabayao Foundation, Inc. presents two outstanding Filipino pianists, Rene Dalandan and Marites Fernandez in DANZAS: A Duo Piano Concert on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 7:30 in the evening at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP Little Theater.
They will give the premiere performance of the three major works in the program: Points of Jazz: A Ballet by Dave Brubeck, Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story” by Leonard Bernstein, arranged by John Musto and Symphonic Dances, Op. 45 by Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Rene Dalandan holds the distinction of winning First Prize, Piano Category B in the 1st NAMCYA Competitions in the Philippines. He graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Music, Major in Piano, magna cum laude, at the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music under Aida Sanz Gonzalez and a Masters of Music in Piano at the Mannes College of Music under the tutelage of Nina Svetlanova. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano at the Manhattan School of Music and gave his solo debut recital at Carnegie Hall as winner of the 1984 Artists International Competition in New York. The New York Times praised Dalandan’s “technical command”, where his “playing brought heady excitement, realized with sensitivity and spontaneity.”
Marites Fernandez was known as “the child genius of the ivories” since she was three years old. Enjoying full scholarship from the Foundation of Gifted Children, she completed her Bachelor of Music in Piano and Artist’s Diploma at the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music under the virtuoso pianist, Benjamin Tupas, with special coaching from Aida Sanz Gonzalez. She earned Masters of Music in Piano at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland, studying with Walter Hausig and Ellen Mack. While still at Peabody, Marites was awarded the Austin Conadi Piano Scholarship. According to critics such as The Review, Vancouver, Canada, Fernandez was praised for her “great display of technical skill and endurance” as well as “mesmerizing” performance.
Proceeds will benefit the Aida Sanz Gonzalez Memorial Fund to preserve and promote the legacy of a committed and dedicated piano mentor to the present and future pianists and teachers, thru sponsorships of scholarships, workshops and the production of a book on Piano Pedagogy based on her teachings.