UNITED States based pianist Hiyas A. Hila performs with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) under the baton of Maestro Yoshikazu Fukumura in a concert this month at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Main Theater.
On June 11 at 4 pm., Hila and the PPO will play the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, including the “Overture” from the opera “Cosi fan tutte” and “Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551 (Jupiter). “Piano Concerto No.23 in A major (K.488) is also included in the program.
Hila performs regularly as a solo, orchestral, and chamber music artist, and has been featured in concerts in the US, Spain, and the Philippines.
Meanwhile, Fukumura, appointed as PPO music director in May 2016, is recognized as “one of the most revered maestros in Japan.” He was music director of the Tokyo Ballet, Kyoto Municipal Symphony, and Nagoya Philharmonic.
Fukumura conducted his first concert as PPO music director in September 2016 when the PPO opened its 2016-2017 season. The season ended in April.
Hila’s orchestral appearances included performances with the Manila Symphony Orchestra, University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, and the Metro Manila Concert Orchestra.
Hila earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from the University of Minnesota School of Music, with Lydia Artymiw as her teacher, and her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in piano performance, with Mack McCray as her mentor, from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
A graduate of the Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA), Hila attended the University of the Philippines College of Music for two years, before she moved to the US.
Her previous piano teachers were Regalado Jose, Leonor Kilayko, Ariel Dechosa, and Cecile Basilio-Roxas. She has played in masterclasses given by Blanca Uribe, Faina Luzshtak, Roman Rudnytsky, Russel Brandon, Reynaldo Reyes, Ariel Dechosa, Boris Slutsky, Julian Martin, and Albert Tiu.
Hila won top prizes in several piano competitions, including the 2005 University of Minnesota Concerto Competition; the 2006 and 2007 Elinor Bell Piano Competitions in Minneapolis; 2006 Schubert Club Piano Competition (Graduate Division) in St. Paul, Minnesota.
In Manila, she won the 1995 Category B and 1992 Category A-2 NAMCYA piano competitions; 1995 Piano Concerto Competitions sponsored by the Piano Teachers’ Guild of the Philippines; 1991 Lyric Piano Competition, and 1991 Rosario Picazo Piano Competition.
Hila teaches piano, chamber music, and piano ensemble at the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts in Richmond, California and at Saint Brigid Catholic School in San Francisco, California. She previously taught applied piano and class piano at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
(For inquiries, please contact the CCP Box Office at 832-3704 or 832-1125 local 1409. Tickets are P,1000, P800, P500 and P200.)