The Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra, Jeffrey Solares, conductor

 

The Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra (MSJO) is an internationally-awarded youth orchestra from the Philippines, having won the 1st Prize in the 12th Summa Cum Laude International Music Festival held at the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria and went on to perform in concerts in Venice, Florence and Rome. In 2017 they won 2nd place in the same competition and went to have concerts in famous concert venues in Vienna, Salzburg, Prague and Munich. The group was formed in 2014 as the youth orchestra project of the MSO Foundation, Inc. They are composed of advanced students from the MSO Music Academy and qualified young string players from all over the Philippines.

 

Since their return from Europe they have been featured in several high profile performances such as the Cultural Centre of the Philippines’ (CCP) “Banda Rito Banda Roon” Youth Orchestra Festival; the National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ (NCCA) “Timpalak Kundiman;” the National Music Competition for Young Artists’ (NAMCYA) “Minsan Lang Kaming Maging Musiko;” the Ramon Magsaysay Awards Foundation’s (RMAF) Appreciation Gala Night; and at the Philippine Senate where the MSJO received a formal commendation for their achievements through the Senate Resolution no. 808. The MSJO has also performed for the “Francisfest” at Santuario de San Antonio in Forbes Park; the United Nation’s Day at the Samsung Hall and the Austrian National Day.

 

The (MSJO) is under the principal patronage of Standard Insurance Inc. as part of its corporate campaign “in pursuit of excellence,” with a program that seeks to discover, nurture and promote the musical talent of Filipinos and give them an opportunity to shine in the international stage.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

JEFFREY SOLARES

Jeffrey Solares is the executive director  Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO) Foundation, Inc. and is the associate conductor of the MSO.

With his belief in the importance of the arts in developing a nation, he helped re-organize the MSO into an entity capable of sustaining its artistic mission with the support of various individuals and corporations. Since then he has spearheaded MSO’s Annual Gala Concert Series in major concert venues in Metro Manila and in 2013 he initiated the MSO Rush Hour Concerts at the Ayala Museum to develop a fresh audience for music from among those who live and work within the Makati business district. In 2014 he helped establish the MSO Music Academy, now one of the leading training centre for aspiring young musicians with over 200 students in three studios around Metro Manila.

Jeffrey also founded the Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra (MSJO), a youth orchestra composed of some of the country’s top young musicians. In 2017 they embarked on their First European Concert tour won 2nd prize at the 11th Summa Cum Laude International Music Festival in Vienna and had concerts in Salzburg, Vienna, Prague and Munich. In 2018 he again led the MSJO in its 2nd European Concert Tour where they won First Prize in the String Orchestra category of the same festival and went on to a concert tour in Venice, Florence and Rome, Italy.

Members

Jilliana Regalario

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Gabriel Mari Domagas

Instrument:  Violin

 

School Studied/Graduated:  Ateneo De Manila, Philippine High School for the Arts

 

Notable Performances: NAMCYA, SCK Festival at Vienna, Young Artist Concert with PPO

 

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Principal Teachers: Sergio Esmilla Sr, Denise Huang, Prof. Antonio Molina, Diomedes Saraza

 

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Irish Marie Illagan

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Julian Matther Bernal

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Lance Morrison Tulagan

Instrument:  Viola

 

School Studied/Graduated:  Philippine Women’s University JASMS

 

Notable Performances: 2017&2018 European Tour

 

Affiliation with Performing Groups or Organization:  WSO

 

Principal Teachers: Prof. Jeffrey Solaras, Sara Maria Gonzales

 

Training/ Certifications/ Seminars:  2016 and 2017 MSO Academy Summer Camp, NAMCYA 2018, MSJO Training, MSO Acedemy

Maria Raomi Checa

Instrument:  Violin

 

School Studied/Graduated:  San Beda Alabang

 

Notable Performances: Summa Cum Laude Music Youth Festival in Vienna Austria 2017 and 2018

 

Affiliation with Performing Groups or Organization:  San Beda College Alabang Symphony Orchestra

 

Principal Teachers: Katherine Hernandez

 

Training/ Certifications/ Seminars:  Korea Suzuki Association Winter Camp

Matthew Nathan Young

Instrument:  Violin

 

School Studied/Graduated:  Ateneo de Manila University

 

Notable Performances: Summa Cum Laude Music Festival in Vienna Austria

 

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Principal Teachers: Denise Huang

 

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Nina Alexandra Simunek

Instrument:  Violin

 

School Studied/Graduated:  Home school of Asia Pacific

 

Notable Performances: Summa Cum Laude  Music Youth Festival

 

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Principal Teachers: Prof. Jeffrey Solares

 

Training/ Certifications/ Seminars:  Korea Suzuki Association, MSO Acaedmy, Summa Cum Laude Workshops 2017 and 2018

Roblyn Lianne Cheng

Instrument:  Viola

 

School Studied/Graduated:  St. Scholastica’s College, Xavier School Novaliches

 

Notable Performances: Summa Cum Laude Music Youth Festival

 

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Principal Teachers: Cedric Lachenal, Prof Arturo Molina

 

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Victor Jan Luigi Torres

Instrument:  Violin

 

School Studied/Graduated:  Philippine High School for the Arts

 

Notable Performances: Summa Cum Laude International Music Youth Festival, National Music Competition for Young Artists

 

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Principal Teachers:  Prof. Jeffrey Solares, Sara Maria Gonzales

 

Training/ Certifications/ Seminars:  Masterclasses

Aibee Javette Wongkaren

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Alain de Asis

Instrument:  Violin

 

School Studied/Graduated:  Philippine High School for the Arts

 

Notable Performances: Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival 2018

 

Affiliation with Performing Groups or Organization:  UST Symphonic Orchestra

 

Principal Teachers: Gina Medina-Perez

 

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Angel Joyce Esteban

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Dione Lhorrell Reyes

Instrument:  Violin

 

School Studied/Graduated:  University of Santo Tomas

 

Notable Performances: Summa Cum Laude Music Youth Festival in Vienna Austria 2017 and 2018

 

Affiliation with Performing Groups or Organization:  UST Orchestra

 

Principal Teachers: Prof. Jeffrey Solares

 

Training/ Certifications/ Seminars:  Philippine Suzuki Association Camp, Korea Suzuki Winter Camp, PREDIS Training Orchestra

Emanuel John Villarin

Instrument:  Violin

 

School Studied/Graduated:  Philippine High School for the Arts, Don Bosco Technical Institute of Makati

 

Notable Performances: National Music Competition for Young Artist 2018, Young Artist Concert with PPO, Summa Cum Laude Music Youth Festival at Vienna Austria

 

Affiliation with Performing Groups or Organization:  Musika Ibarang

 

Principal Teachers: Sara Maria Gonzales, Prof. Jeffrey Solares

 

Training/ Certifications/ Seminars:  Master Classes: Iskandar Widjaja and Diomedes Saraza

Ian Levi Mora

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Jared Ranz Enriquez

Instrument:  Violin

 

School Studied/Graduated:  Lipa Adventisit Academy

 

Notable Performances: NAMCYA

 

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Principal Teachers: Prof. Jeffrey Solares, Sara Maria Gonzales

 

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Jeanne Rafaella Marquez

Instrument:  Violin

 

School Studied/Graduated:  Patnubay Academy

 

Notable Performances: NAMCYA Performances

 

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Principal Teachers: Cedric Lachenal, Prof. Arturo Molina, Diomedes Saraza

 

Training/ Certifications/ Seminars:  Masterclasses with Regina Buenaventura, Coke Bolipata, Rebecca Schlappich

Joseph Ting

Instrument:  Viola

 

School Studied/Graduated:  Singapore School Manila

 

Notable Performances: Summa Cum Laude 2018

 

Affiliation with Performing Groups or Organization:  WSO

 

Principal Teachers: Prof. Jeffrey Solares, Sara Maria Gonzales

 

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Justin Vincent Louis Talusan

Instrument:  Cello

 

School Studied/Graduated:  Living Heritage Academy

 

Notable Performances: Summa Cum Laude Music Youth Festival in Vienna Austria 2017, 2018

 

Affiliation with Performing Groups or Organization:  WSO

 

Principal Teachers: Prof. Arnold Josue

 

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Katrina Evangelle Villaflor

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