By Francis Ryan B. Pabiania | News Writer
Vol. XCI No. 11
Dec. 6, 2019
Silliman University alumnus Ricardo Abapo Jr. placed third in senior piano category during the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines on Nov. 26 to Dec 1.
He performed the “Ga Sirum Sirum” by Dr. Maria Christine Muyco and Piano Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052 by JS Bach on the final round which he ended on the top list with Joshua Luke Buenaventura, Nathan Samuel Gemina, Denzel Abarquez who placed first, second and Honorable Mention respectively.
NMCYA is the biggest annual national competition for young Filipino musicians and it is a Resident Company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Abapo, a graduate of Bachelor of Music Major in Piano Performance said that it was his second try this year, after he joined last 2015 and reached until the finals.
He said that among his reasons for joining this year was for exposure, self-development, his family and experience.
“Also, I want to be able to experience joining competitions and festivals just so I have firsthand knowledge of what it is to be in a competition or in a festival. It will help me how to teach my future students and how to be sympathetic with their needs and what they will have to endure,” he added.
He said that he started preparing for the first round for about a week after his series of concerts in Manila last May.
Abapo performed Prelude and Fugue No. 6 in D minor BWV 875 by JS Bach; Manchega Etude de Concert, Op. 38 by LM Gottschalk; Nocturne Op. 48, No. 1 in C minor by F. Chopin and Ang Larawan by F. Buencamino for the first round as video elimination.
Fantasy and Fugue in A minor BWV 904 by JS Bach; Wanderer Fantasy in C major, D. 760 by F. Schubert; Sonata in E flat minor by A. Stanchinsky and Kara Toprak (Black Earth) by F. Say on the live rounds held in Manila Pianos.
Before entering each round of the competition, he prepares himself. He told the fact that he didn’t receive any financial support from the local government or organizations of Region nine in which he represents
“You know life’s too short to be scared of trying things. Even if you started late, even if you don’t have a teacher, even if you think you’re bound to embarrass yourself, just go do it. Have the courage to fail. Whether the outcome leads to a happy or sad ending, either of these will teach you a lesson. So it’s up to you to keep on being afraid and not learn anything or muster all the courage you can possibly get and experience life lessons,” he ended.