After the rousing reception for Cecile Licad last year, the concert series at Nelly’s Garden in Iloilo City resumes on Aug 17 with the recital of the phenomenal 11-year old cello prodigy Damodar Das Castillo, first prize winner of the Young Artists International Music Competition in Estonia (Eastern Europe). He will be accompanied by pianist Dingdong Fiel.
“I love the Iloilo audience,” says impresario Pablo Tariman who made the three Iloilo Licad recitals last year possible. “I’d like to share other phenomenal talents in the country in this beautiful venue made for classical music.”
Damodar joined the prize-winning Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra (MSJO) at seven years old and became the youngest prize-winner of the National Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA).
After performing for several heads of state in special command performances, Damodar also made his PPO debut with a movement from the Haydn cello concerto. In 2017, he won first place in the online North International Music Competition (Category 2) and this year duplicated the same feat by winning first place in the 2019 Talinn Young International Music Competition (Category B) in Estonia, Eastern Europe. He is also part of the MSJO which got the top prize at the 2018 Summa Cum Laude Music Festival held in Vienna, Austria.
Pianist Dingdong Fiel earned his Bachelor of Music Degree from the UST Conservatory of Music in 2007 and had post-graduate studies at the Franz Liszt Hochschule Fur Musik in Weimar Germany. He pursued advanced studies in piano and chamber music under Rolf Dieter Arens and vocal accompaniment under Karl Peter Kammerlander.
The cello prodigy started his studies in Mozarteum University in Salzburg under Barbara Leubke and will start schooling at the Leopold Mozart Institute for Exceptionally Gifted program of Mozarteum University. Since 2017, his schooling, masterclasses, and competition stints were supported by Standard Insurance Group chairman Ernesto Echauz.
Damodar’s Aug. 17 Iloilo recital includes Tchaikovsky’s “Pezzo Capriccioso,” Saint-Saens’ “The Swan” from Carnival of the Animals, Schuman’s “Fantasy Pieces for Cello and Piano, Op. 73,” and the complete movements of Saint-Saens’ “Cello Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33.”
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