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Jovianney Emmanuel Cruz
AMI Co-Founder & Artistic Director
JOVIANNEY EMMANUEL CRUZ is an internationally renowned & multi-awarded Filipino Concert Pianist gifted with a rare versatility. A former child prodigy, he began his piano studies at the age of three with his mother, Lourdes L. Villanueva-Cruz. At age 5, he was invited to give a command performance at the Malacañang Palace, and at age 10, he made his orchestral debut with the Philippine Youth Orchestra after winning First Prize in the National Music Competitions for Young Artists. In 1977, Sir Lennox Berkeley granted him a full scholarship to the Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, England. He then transferred to New York to pursue scholarships at the Manhattan School of Music, where he was a pupil of Solomon Mikowsky. At MSM, Mr. Cruz was a winner of both the Preparatory and College Divisions Concerto Competitions, and a recipient of the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation, the Elva Van Gelder, and the Anne-Marie McDermott Memorial Scholarships. He received his Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in Piano Performance, and was awarded the coveted Harold Bauer Award.
Mr. Cruz was a prizewinner in numerous International Piano Competitions and has performed as soloist with major symphony orchestras worldwide. His participation in music festivals in the United States, Spain, Germany, Italy, Croatia, & Cuba has given him critical acclaim. Mr. Cruz has also been invited as a Juror in the 1st ASEAN International Chopin Piano Competition in Kuala Lumpur, thrice as an Adjudicator in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, and in the Steinway Youth Piano Competition. As an educator, Mr. Cruz has produced prize-winning students, and is constantly invited to give master classes in major international educational institutions. As an artistic director and concert producer, he is one of the pioneers for the renaissance of Classical Music awareness in the Philippines. He is a Co-Founder & the Artistic Director of ANG MISYON – the largest El Sistema-inspired program in Southeast Asia. He is also the Founder & Artistic Director of OPUSFEST: The International Classical Music Camp, The Ultimate Pianist Competition: The Lourdes L. Villanueva-Cruz Memorial Award, and was formerly a Founding Trustee & the Artistic Director of FILFEST in its first two seasons of concerts held at the Insular Life Theater.
In 2010, Mr. Cruz was chosen as one of twelve international Artists to inaugurate the Solomon Gadles Mikowsky Recital Hall in New York, and was also invited to inaugurate the piano recital series at the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia. In celebration of Franz Liszt’s bicentenary, the Italian piano-makers Fazioli invited him to perform at Taiwan’s National Concert Hall. In 1996, President Fidel V. Ramos conferred on Mr. Cruz The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Award
for his significant contribution to the Arts.
For more info, visit his website at www.jovianney.com
AMI Chief Conductor of Orchestras Resident Conductor, Orchestra of the Filipino Youth
OLIVIER OCHANINE is the First Prize Winner of the 2015 Antal Dorati International Conducting Competition. He began music studies in Paris, France, where he was born. He went on to study music in the United States, and expanded his studies to orchestral conducting, taking up graduate studies and attending master classes with some of the best mentors in the US, including Gustav Meier, Larry Livingston, Robert Baldwin, John Barnett, John Farrer, Don Thulean, and Daniel Lewis. He obtained his Masters Degree in Conducting from the University of Southern California (USC) and was recipient of the 'Conducting Department Award'. In 2009, he began his Doctoral Studies in Orchestral Conducting at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music under Mark Gibson.
A flutist and bassist, Mr. Ochanine earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kentucky. In 2000, he was the bassist for the American Spiritual Ensemble's Gershwin performance tour in Spain. He has also served as auxiliary bassist for the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Ochanine has been invited to the California Conductors Institute several times. In 2009, Mr. Ochanine was among a handful of conductors nationally to be invited by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Director Marin Alsop to conduct in the Cabrillo Music Festival in Santa Cruz, California and to participate in a conducting workshop.
Since 2010, Mr. Ochanine has been the Music Director & Principal Conductor of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the nation's leading orchestra. Under his leadership, the orchestra has performed numerous Philippine premieres, and he has been repeatedly credited for improving the orchestra's sound. He also holds the distinction to be the PPO’s first and only music director to lead them in a historic performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Mr. Ochanine is Ang Misyon’s Chief Conductor of Orchestras, leading the Orchestra of the Filipino Youth in their major performances, as part of his Artistic Social Responsibility.
For more info, visit his website at www.olivierochanine.com
Juan Luis Muñoz Resident Conductor, Young Filipinos' Orchestra
Artist-Faculty in Violin & Chamber Music
Highly-acclaimed Chilean violinist-conductor, JUAN LUIS MUÑOZ, was born in Santiago, Chile. He studied the violin under Professors Fernando Ansaldi and Sergio Prieto at the Catholic University of Santiago where he was Concertmaster of the University of Santiago Symphony Orchestra. He has also toured throughout Chile, Argentina, and Peru, as Soloist and Concertmaster of the Pro-Musica Orchestra.
Mr. Muñoz moved to South Africa as sub-principal violinist of the CAPAB Orchestra. He has since made South Africa his home for the past 25 years, playing a very active and vital role in the country’s musical life. He has performed numerous concerts as Concertmaster and Soloist of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Johannesburg Music Initiative, Free State Symphony Orchestra, and the Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. In recent years, Mr. Muñoz has combined his instrumental expertise, his orchestral experience, and his natural ability and enthusiasm to work with musicians of diverse backgrounds into yet another passion – conducting – which he had two wonderful teachers: Carl St.Clair - music director of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, and Bernhard Gueller - a frequent guest conductor in North America, Europe, and South Africa. He has conducted concerts and concerto festivals in Chile, South Africa, Bulgaria, and the Philippines, including the Cape Town Baroque Ensemble which he founded.
A strong advocate of chamber music and an energetic mentor, Mr. Muñoz took an important part in the development of the Franschhoek Mountain Chamber Music Festival, acting as coach and conductor for what has become one of the most important annual events in South Africa. He has performed in various ensembles, including the CAPAB String Quartet, the Michaelis Chamber Music Players, the Pro Musica Trio, and the Rhodes Trio. Mr. Muñoz has recorded various CDs with the New Odeion String Quartet and as Conductor of the Amateur Chamber Music Players. His performances have been recorded for SABC and Classic FM and broadcasted on Fine Music Radio.
In 2015 he moved to the Philippines, currently a part-time Professor in Violin and Conducting at St. Scholastica’s College. Mr. Muñoz is also teaching Violin in the largest El Sistema program in Southeast Asia known as Ang Misyon, and conducting one of its flagship ensembles the Youth Filipinos’ Orchestra (YFO).
EDWIN DAVID LUMANUG is a musician, arranger, composer, and conductor. Born in Guagua, Pampanga, he was initially taught the Saxophone by his father, Esteban Lumanug, Jr., at the age of 12, and became the Saxophone soloist of his family’s band, and their arranger the year after. At the age of 15 he made his first original composition – the Edleen Overture – named after his late brother. The following year, he delved into his deepest passion: conducting.
Mr. Lumanug spent most of his early years teaching Music to symphonic bands of schools & universities in his native Pampanga. He taught bands that have garnered awards and won competitions. As a composer, he has 127 original compositions which include hymns, overtures, marches, ensembles, and instrumental solos. Some of his works were played by leading and prestigious orchestras in the Philippines, such as the Orchestra of the Filipino Youth, the Manila Symphony Orchestra, and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr. Lumanug is currently the Composer & Conductor of the Lumanug Wind Orchestra, and the Assistant Conductor & Resident Arranger of the UP Symphonic Band. He is also pursuing his Bachelor of Music Degree, majoring in Symphonic Band Conducting, at the University of the Philippines College of Music in Diliman, Quezon City.
In July 2016, he debuted as an orchestral conductor by leading the Orchestra of the Filipino Youth as their Associate Conductor on their first concert tour of Malaysia, performing at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Center. The performances were received with critical acclaim and benefitted Child Aid Asia & Malaysia’s National Cancer Society.
Associate Conductor, Orchestra of the Filipino Youth
Malvin Beethoven Macasaet
A licensed Physical Education, Health, and Music High School Educator, MALVIN BEETHOVEN MACASAET, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education (University of Southeastern Philippines, Davao, 2004) and a Bachelor of Music in Choral Conducting Degree (University of the Philippines College of Music, Diliman, 2011) tucked under his belt. After having accomplished the requirements for a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance in 2014, this Mozart and Baroque music fanatic is now a candidate for a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance under the tutelage of Professor Alegria O. Ferrer.
Over the years as a tenor soloist, Mr. Macasaet has performed in various capacities in Classical Music performances such as operas, oratorios, and large choral work productions, collaborating with Filipino music luminaries. In 2015, he was the featured tenor with the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Gerard Salonga in "ANG SISTEMA: THE YOUNG PEOPLE'S CONCERENCE" – a fundraising concert & conference at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the National Arts Center in Makiling. He was last seen on stage in the opera “The Beaten Husband” by Gaetano Donizetti taking the role of Beppe at the University of the Philippines College of Music as part of his graduation recital. Mr. Macasaet will next be seen on September 2016 in the professional opera production of “Alcina” by George Frederic Handel, playing the role of Oronte, at the SDA Theater of the De La Salle University-College of St. Benilde.
Also a former dance athlete, Mr. Macasaet takes joy in listening to sensuous and fiery Latin American rhythms as a diversion to Classical Music and ultimately to relieve stress, besides having coffee with friends. He is currently the Associate Conductor of Ang Misyon Inc.’s Young Filipinos’ Orchestra and is the Artist-Faculty in the Sistema for the Filipino Youth’s Fundamentals of Music. He is also a faculty member of St. Paul University Manila as well as teaching Music Theory subjects at the Asian Institute for Liturgy & Music.
Associate Conductor, Young Filipinos' Orchestra Artist-Faculty, Fundamentals of Music
Federico Frayna, Jr.
Federico Frayna, Jr. started his music career at the age of 5 under the tutelage of his own grandmother who taught him how to play the piano. He started his band career when he was 11 years old playing the Baritone with the late Bienvenido F. Matias with the Band 31 Kapisanang Ligaya of Sta. Maria, Bulacan and continued Maestro Matias' passion by teaching other children the basic rudiments of music at the age of 13. He was also a member of the 5th Philippine Youth Music Summer Camp held at the National Arts Center, Mt. Makiling, Los Baños, Laguna sponsored by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). In 1988, he went to study at the UST Conservatory of Music taking up Bachelor Music Major in Trombone Performance under Prof. Cornelio Ramos. Due to economic difficulty supporting his own education, he decided to enlist with the Philippine Air Force as a soldier musician, which gave him the chance to finish his Bachelor of Arts degree in 2000, and eventually continue his studies in Instrumental Conducting under Dr. Herminigildo G. Ranera. At UST, he was a member of the UST Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Jazz Band, and the Symphonic Band. His first conducting debut as a student conductor was with the UST Wind Orchestra in Chai–yi City, Taiwan in 2004. He was also Guest Conductor of the Bulacan Youth Brass Band during its Vigan City Christmas Concert Tour (2005) and member of the UST Symphony Orchestra in Eugene Onegin Opera (2007).
AMI Manager of Orchestras; Director, Ang Misyon Bulacan Satellite