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TRANSCENDENTAL ETUDE. Steinway SE Asian Piano Competition finalist Lorenzo Medel plays the compositions of Franz Liszt last July 29 at Luce Auditorium. PHOTO BY John Rey Villareal

“I’M VERY HAPPY to be back and share my talent to everyone,” Enzo Medel, former National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) winner, said on his second time performing at the Luce Auditorium last July 29.

Medel, who had his first concert at Luce last 2012, performed various renditions of Franz Liszt pieces this year in his concert entitled “Enzo Medel plays Franz Liszt.” Medel ended the concert with Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor, which lasted for more than 30 minutes.

“[During concerts] I hope to make people happy and relaxed even for just two hours…maybe even change their lives and inspire them,” Medel said.

Medel started formal piano training at the age of 10 at the University of the Philippines College of Music. He is now studying at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York under the supervision of Thomas Schumacher, Sergey Krivonos, and Tamari Gurevich.

Medel comes from a family of musicians. According to him, his family is his inspiration for playing the piano.

“My mom played the piano for two to three years and my dad plays the organ. Both of my brothers play a lot of instruments such as the guitar, piano, keyboard…my eldest brother was my first piano teacher,” Medel said.

This year, Medel bagged the second prize in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition in New York in the college/professional category. He was the only undergraduate among the winners who were mostly professional musicians with doctorate and master’s degrees from top music schools.

He is currently on vacation break before he goes back to studying in New York.

The concert is in partnership with the Silliman University Culture and Arts Council and the College of Performing and Visual Arts.

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