TOP WINNER OF 3 CLASSICAL GUITAR COMPETITIONS DEBUTS IN MANILA
By Pablo A. Tariman
Singapore-born Kevin Loh, top winner of three international classical guitar competitions is all set for his Manila debut on Sunday, September 24 (6 p.m.) at the Alliance Francaise de Manille Multi-Purpose Hall at 209 Nicanor Garcia St. Bell Air II, Makati City.
Only 19 and a student of the Menuhin School in the United Kingdom, Loh is first prize winner of the 2012 Junior Division of the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Youth Competition, the 2014 8th International Competition for Young Guitarists “Andrés Segovia” in Velbert, Germany and the recently concluded 2017 34th Volos International Guitar Festival and Competition in Greece.
Loh made concert news in Singapore in his landmark 2013 premiere of Singaporean composer Bernard Tan’s Guitar Concerto with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra when he was only 14.
Noted Dave Belcher of Classical Guitar Review: “There is certainly no dearth of great young classical guitarists out there. Any of the many international competitions will give you a taste of just how high the level of talent—in terms of technique and musicianship—is out there these days. It is a truly exciting time for the classical guitar. Among these excellent young guitarists however, that merit special attention is Kevin Loh. His YouTube page (under the name ‘Optichero’) has video performances that go back to when he was just five.”
In Germany, Kevin was invited to play at the prestigious Berlin Konzerthaus as part of the Yehudi Menuhin School tour commemorating Menuhin’s centenary. In Singapore, Kevin was invited to be perform the famous Concierto de Aranjuez with the local Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra in September, as part of their bi-annual series, “Singapore’s Gifted Young Musicians in Concert”.
Loh’s September 24 program includes Bach’s Suite in E minor, BWV 996; Diabelli’s Sonata in F Major, Op. 29 No. 3; • Ponce’s Sonatina; Schubert/Mertz’s Two Schubert Songs; Rodrigo’s Invocacion y danza; Albeniz’s Sevilla; Ravel’s Piece en forme de Habaner; Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango – 3 and Nightclub 1960.
Guest artist is Filipino flutist John Owen Castro.
Loh’s Manila concert is presented by Alliance Française de Manille (AFM) and the Independent Philippines Art Ventures (IPAV).
Tickets are available at AFM reception, and website (www.alliance.ph) and Ticket world at 891 9999. Ticket prices at P1,000 and P500 for students (AFM Members are entitled to a 10% discount on ticket prices).