Pas De Deux
About the Event
International conducting superstar Darrell Ang returns to Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO) as he teams up with MSO’s Concertmaster, Juillard-trained violinist Diomedes Saraza Jr., and Korean cellist Yeonjin Kim, in MSO’s fourth gala concert of Season 2019-2020, entitled “Pas de Deux”, featuring Brahms’ Double Concerto as well as the Ballet Suite from Swan Lake from the genius of Tchaikovsky. Pas de Deux happens on November 16, 2019, 4PM at the Meralco Theatre in Pasig City.
One of Asia’s most sought-after conductors, Darrell Ang conducted orchestras in over twenty countries across the globe last season, including the ORF Vienna, Slovak Philharmonic, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie, New Zealand Symphony, Antalya Symphony, USA’s Pacific Symphony, New Japan Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica de la UAEH (Mexico), Estonian National and the Manila Symphony. Also a regular recording artist of uncommon pedigree, Darrell has scored many successes for the Naxos label: his first disc of Chinese composers was nominated for a Grammy in 2016, while other discs include bestselling albums of music by French composers. Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of The Sichuan Orchestra of China since December 2016, Darrell Ang is a regular guest conductor at the Mariinsky Theatre by invitation of Maestro Valery Gergiev.
Diomedes Saraza Jr., MSO’s Concertmaster, received both his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School in 2015. He was the recipient of the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship, Ruth Katzman Scholarship, Juilliard Alumni scholarship and the C.V. Starr Scholarship. He also served as assistant concertmaster of Juilliard Orchestra and Juilliard Lab Orchestra. In 2015, Mr. Saraza was accepted to pursue Master of Musical Arts degree from Yale University. He was the concertmaster of Yale Philharmonia, violin faculty of Yale secondary lesson division, and was the first Filipino recipient of Yale’s highly esteemed awards called the Broadus Erle Prize 2016 for being the best violinist of the year and the Alumni Association Prize 2017 for high scholastic achievement and community work outside Yale University. Mr. Saraza’s concert engagement include a historical performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto with Olivier Ochanine and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra in New York’s Carnegie Hall. He was also invited to be a member of the highly acclaimed group called the International Sejong Soloists based in New York City in 2017. Mr. Saraza gained attention and became a prominent violinist in the Philippines after winning first place at the National Music Competition for Young Artists in 2002. He was also the concertmaster of PREDIS Children Orchestra, member of PREDIS chamber orchestra, and became the youngest member of the Manila Symphony Orchestra at age 13.
Ms. Yeonjin Kim, an inaugural Cello faculty of Tianjin Juilliard School, has been featured at the Kennedy Center, Konzerthaus Berlin, Seoul Arts Center, Suntory Hall, and has performed as a member of Trio K, Seoul Virtuosi and Hwaum Chamber Orchestra. Kim served as a guest faculty member at the University of Michigan and Oberlin Conservatory as well as an adjunct professor at Furman University. Her other artist appointments include Abilene Music Festival, Madeline Island Music Festival, Luzerne Music Festival, and Just Vivace Festival. She has taught master classes at the Juilliard School, Wichita State University, Middle Tennessee State University, Kent State University, and others.
Tickets available at Ticketworld (call 8-891-9999 for inquiries or reservations). For group bookings, please contact the MSO office at 852305712 or 0915-4415294.