News Filipino student representing UAE wins int’l piano contest

Filipino student representing UAE wins int’l piano contest

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UAE’s representative Clarence Miguel Cresencia, dearly called ‘Miggy’, has recently won the first prize at the first round under the regional category of the ongoing Worldvision music competition. 

The Filipino national, 13, is gearing up for the national category in the online classical music competition. His video for the next round has already been uploaded on the website of Worldvision. As of this writing, the video has now 57 votes, 9.2 points, and 21 donations. 

He received a study grant in the amount of €200 during the first round. During the finals, which is scheduled on February 27, 2022, in the Konzerthaus Wein in Vienna, Austria, the junior winner will receive €10,000 and participate in one of the final concerts in Philharmonie Berlin in Berlin, the Carnegie Hall in New York, or in Zaryadye Hall in Moscow. 

Miggy was born in Dubai and got interested in playing piano at the age of five with Miss LJ Gil as his first teacher until 2018. He was also under Miss Gil’s class when she used to teach a piano course in 2014 at the Filipino Institute, a leading training centre in the Middle East for Filipinos who want to excel in their personal and professional careers. He continued to enhance his skills and knowledge through consistent practice and private lessons, coupled with support from both of his parents. He is currently being mentored by Mr. Arne Sunico Lubasan. 

The young Filipino did his music qualification from the Trinity College London with merit and distinction grades. He recently passed Grade 6 piano exams and wit distinctions. He had done Masterclass at the Middle East Classical Music Academy (MECMA) with Giuliano Mazzoccante. He loves classical music, especially Beethoven and Mozart’s pieces. 

At the national level, the following juries will judge the junior pianists: Bernd Goetzke, professor at the Schlossakademie; Grigori Gruzman, professor of piano at the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar; Polina Osetinskaya, soloist; Laszlo Gyimesi, professor at the Staatliche Hocgschule fur Musik in Stuttgart; Vassily Lobanov, professor ar the University Kalaidos Switzerland; and Lev Natochenny, professor at the University Kalaidos Switzerland. 

To vote for Miggy, access this link.

The winners under the national category will be announced on December 6 at the official contest website. 

Ryan Namia
The Global Filipino Magazine is the only Filipino magazine in the UAE that prints on a monthly basis. Its goal is to champion the success of every global Filipino across the globe.

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