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Alfonso N. Encina Jr.

Strings | Violin 2

“My love for orchestra dated back even before I started playing the violin. I enjoyed watching and listening to several musicians on TV playing with great artistry and in unity. And I saw this live when I first watched an MSO concert in 2009. I especially adored the string players at that time and just imagined how it is a great honor to be playing alongside them. It is still a great honor and I have enjoyed being a part of MSO now more than ever.”

Alfie started his violin lessons when he was 11 years old under Mr. Ernesto Isagan. In 2010, he became a member of the Manila Symphony Orchestra. Alfie is currently taking Master of Music in String Pedagogy in St. Scholastica’s College where he also graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Music Major in Music Education with Violin Principal. Alfie is a licensed professional teacher and has participated in Suzuki Teacher Trainings and Workshops facilitated by Philippine Suzuki Association and Korea Suzuki Association. He is a faculty member of the Manila Symphony Orchestra Music Academy and the Philippine Research for the Development of Instrumental Soloists (PREDIS) since 2014.

Alfie also studied under excellent mentors such as Rachelle Alcanses, Jeffrey Solares, Denise Santos-Huang, and Noel Martin. He is currently under the tutelage of MSO concertmaster Diomedes Saraza Jr. Alfie was was with MSO in its first international concert tour in China in 2019. He participated in the Banaue International Music Composition Competition in 2018. He was one of the featured artists in MSO’s Visayan Concert Tour in 2017, and has participated in the Banaue International Music Composition Competition in 2018.

Alfie is also a member of Palo Ambassadors Orchestra, Manila String Machine and Top Hat Entertainment & Events.

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