NAMCYA presents world-class performances from previous competition winners

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Gabriel Art Mendoza (arranger of two numbers played by Pundaquit Virtuosi in the concert, NAMCYA 2017 Senior Strings Category 2nd Prize Winner, Highest Prize awarded and Best Interpretation of Contest Piece) and Nico Emmanuel Dioneda (Pundaquit Virtuosi soloist, NAMCYA 2015 and 2017 Woodwinds Category National Finalist)
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Manila, Philippines — In a bit to promote the upcoming competitions, the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) showcased the roster of its breathtaking world-class performances from previous contest winners. The concerts was held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ (CCP) Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater).

DYCI Dagalak, 2018 Mixed Voices Junior Choir Category National Champion with conductor Nelson dela Cruz.
DYCI Dagalak, 2018 Mixed Voices Junior Choir Category National Champion with conductor Nelson dela Cruz.

These performers include Giancarlo Gonzales, cello; Nelson Dela Cruz, conductor; DYCI Dagalak; Alfonso Bolipata, artistic director; Pundaquit Virtuosi; Dr. Renato Lucas, conductor; as well as UST Symphony Orchestra.

Gabriel Art Mendoza (arranger of two numbers played by Pundaquit Virtuosi in the concert, NAMCYA 2017 Senior Strings Category 2nd Prize Winner, Highest Prize awarded and Best Interpretation of Contest Piece) and Nico Emmanuel Dioneda (Pundaquit Virtuosi soloist, NAMCYA 2015 and 2017 Woodwinds Category National Finalist)
Gabriel Art Mendoza (arranger of two numbers played by Pundaquit Virtuosi in the concert, NAMCYA 2017 Senior Strings Category 2nd Prize Winner, Highest Prize awarded and Best Interpretation of Contest Piece) and Nico Emmanuel Dioneda (Pundaquit Virtuosi soloist, NAMCYA 2015 and 2017 Woodwinds Category National Finalist)

“The performers did not just play their piece,” says NAMCYA in a press release. “Through their performance, they spoke to their audience and communicated the beauty of their sound which was brought to life.

Giancarlo Castrillo Gonzales, cello, Dr. Renato B. Lucas, conductor and UST Symphony Orchestra
Giancarlo Castrillo Gonzales, cello, Dr. Renato B. Lucas, conductor and UST Symphony Orchestra

Note that the final round is slated to be held from November 26 to December 1, 2019, in the CCP.

In the meantime, NAMCYA is celebrating its 46 years if honing and appreciating the talent and craft of all Filipino musicians and singers.

(L-R) Foreground: Gabriel Art Mendoza (USTSO Concert Master, Airra May Punzalan (USTSO Assistant Concert Master), Dr. Renato B. Lucas (NAMCYA President) , Nelson Dela Cruz (DYCI Dagalak conductor) , Giancarlo Castrillo Gonzales (cello soloist 2008 NAMCYA Lower Strings Category Champion) Background: UST Symphony Orchestra
(L-R) Foreground: Gabriel Art Mendoza (USTSO Concert Master, Airra May Punzalan (USTSO Assistant Concert Master), Dr. Renato B. Lucas (NAMCYA President) , Nelson Dela Cruz (DYCI Dagalak conductor) , Giancarlo Castrillo Gonzales (cello soloist 2008 NAMCYA Lower Strings Category Champion) Background: UST Symphony Orchestra.

Those who wish to know more about theses performances, you may directly call NAMCYA Secretariat via (02) 836 4928, 02 (8362929), and 09499932592.

About National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA)

The National Music Competitions for Young Artists Foundation or NAMCYA was founded in the Philippines in 1973. It was created by virtue of President Ferdinand Marcos’ Presidential Proclamation No. 1173, which declares the period between November 26 and December 12 every year as National Week for Young Artists.

The NAMCYA seeks to encourage young artists who excel in music composition and performance to preserve, develop, and promote Philippine music as an art and a handmaid of cultural development. The project aims to discover young artists in the field of choral singing, piano, chamber music, family ensemble, and indigenous instruments.

Since 1973, the main sponsoring institution of the annual events has been the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) whose president sits as chairperson of the national committee which conducts the competitions. The CCP has also hosted the competitions and festivals in its venues.

Notable NAMCYA choral group winners include The University of the Philippines Singing Ambassadors, the Ateneo de Manila College Glee Club, The University of the Philippines Concert Chorus, The University of the Philippines Cherubims and Seraphims, Loboc Children’s Choir, Saint Louis University, Baguio City Glee Club, the Himig Singers, University of Mindanao Chorale of Davao City and UPLB Choral Ensemble. The children’s choral group winners include the AUP Young Voices, Laoag City Children’s Choir, Baao District Children’s Choir and many more.

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