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Dr. Hiyas A. Hila

Pianist Hila, PPO to perform Mozart pieces in concert

Filipino pianist Dr. Hiyas A. Hila plays with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) under the baton of Maestro Yoshikazu Fukumura at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) on June 11, 2017, at 4 p.m. 

The program consists of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s works, including the “Overture” from his opera Cosi fan tutte and Symphony No. 41 in C major (K. 551) (Jupiter). Hila will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major (K. 488).

Hila performs regularly as a solo, orchestral, and chamber music artist. She has been featured in concerts in the United States, Spain, and the Philippines. Her orchestral appearances include performances with the Manila Symphony, University of Minnesota Symphony, and Metro Manila Concert orchestras.

She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from the University of Minnesota School of Music— where she had 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 (UP) College of Music for two years, where she was a consistent university scholar 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 master classes given by Blanca Uribe, Faina Luzshtak, Roman Rudnytsky, Russel Brandon, Reynaldo Reyes, Ariel Dechosa, Boris Slutsky, Julian Martin, and Albert Tiu.

Hila received several scholarships and fellowship awards, such as the Sergei Barsukov Scholarship for Piano at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Asian Cultural Council Fellowship Grant, the University of Minnesota Centennial Piano Fellowship, UP Concert Chorus Alumni Foundation Inc. Scholarship, Cecile B. Licad Scholarship, GlaxoSmithKline Philippines Scholarship Grant, and the Sonny B. Reyes Foundation grant.

She garnered top prizes in several piano competitions, including the 2005 University of Minnesota Concerto Competition; the 2006 and 2007 Elinor Bell Piano Competitions in Minneapolis; and the 2006 Schubert Club Piano Competition (Graduate Division) in St. Paul, Minnesota.

In Manila, Hila won the 1995 Category B and 1992 Category A-2 National Music Competitions for Young Artists Foundation Inc. (NAMCYA); the 1995 Piano Concerto Competitions sponsored by the Piano Teachers’ Guild of the Philippines; the 1991 Lyric Piano Competition; and 1991 Rosario Picazo Piano Competition.

She currently 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.

Ticket prices are P1,000, P800, P500, and P200.

For inquiries, call the CCP Box Office at (632) 832-3704 or 832-1125, local 1409.

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