International Pianist Raul Sunico Returns for Historic Rachmaninoff Performance

World renowned pianist Raul M. Sunico performs yet another feat on the four Rachmaninoff concertos that only he in recorded history has played in a single night. 

Courtesy of the Cultural Center of the Philippines

Presented by the Sunico Foudation for Arts and Technology and in cooperation with the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), A Rach Concert features Dr. Sunico’s internationally acclaimed talent on the classical music scene, in his rare performance of the four piano concertos of the Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff.

This will happen on January 26, 6:00 p.m. at the CCP Main Theater, where he will perform with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) to be conducted by Yoshikazu Fukumura and Hermenigildo Ranera. 

Sunico finished his degrees on Bachelor of Music (cum laude), Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, and Master of Statistics at the University of the Philippines; graduated Master of Music at the Juilliard School in New York; and earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree, major in Piano Performance from the New York University. He was also awarded a Doctor of Humanities degree (honoris causa) by the Far Eastern University in 2005.

The international pianist has given solo recitals in about 27 countries and has received a plentitude of awards and honors; including the Presidential Order of Merit, Friends for Cultural Concerns of the Philippines (FCCP) Award for Excellence in Music, and Commendatore Award (Order of the Star of Italy) among many others. 

Back in 2003, Sunico first marked his name permanently in the world of classical music’s history when he performed the four Rachmaninoff concertos in a single evening. In 2015, he also achieved a first when he performed the three Tchaikovsky piano concertos in one night. This year, he is about to give the crowd another rare Rachmaninoff experience. 

The program of the concert is as follows: 

Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos nos. 1-4 
       No. 1 in F-sharp minor, op. 1 
       No. 2 in C minor, op. 18 
       No. 3 in D minor, op. 30 
       No. 4 in G minor, op. 40 


“The four Rachmaninoff concertos are not equally as popular as each other so for the less popular ones, I wanted to include it in my program so that the audiences that will be able to listen to them, they’d hopefully be more exposed, understand and really appreciate those pieces.” Sunico explained at a press conference held at the CCP Main Theater Lobby.

“It is my mission to project Rachmaninoff as one of the greatest composer-pianists of all time.”

For all the classical music aficionados out there, this is one world-class performance you shouldn't miss.

Tickets to the concert are available at the CCP Box Office (832-3704) and Ticketworld (891-9999) outlets. For more information, you can also visit the CCP website.

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