AUGUSTO A. ESPINO
Associate Professor, Keyboard Department
Residence Phone: (02) 924-4254 / (043) 723-2640 Cellular Phone: 0916-5085430
Education: Master of Music, Piano, U.P. College of Music Bachelor of Music, in Piano, U.P. College of Music
Member, Phi Kappa Phi Member, Mu Phi Epsilon (Beta Xi Chapter), an honor society in the field of music, and also a consistent Rosario Lopez Garcia scholar in Piano.
He had his debut as piano soloist with the Philippines Youth Orchestra (PYO) under the baton of Prof. Sergio Esmilla, and was later followed by several performances with the Metro Manila Symphony Orchestra under Prof. Regalado Jose and with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra under Dr. Francisco Feliciano. He was the first featured piano soloist in the first television coverage of "Concert at the Park" on PTV 4. Performances with Orchestra as Soloist 1978, February, PYO in Concert (Batangas City) 1978, April, Metro Manila Symphony Orchestra (MMSO), Concert at the Park 1978, July, (MMSO), Concert at the Park 1978, November, (MMSO), Concert at the Park 1979, January, (MMSO), Concert at the Park 1979, June, (MMSO), Concert at the Park 1983, Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO), Concert at the Park 1989, February, U.P. Symphonic Band 1999, U.P. Jazz Orchestra, 24th Bamboo Organ Festival 2000, September, U.P. Symphonic Band, 84th Anniversary, U.P. College of Music
Publications Ambo Hato (commissioned contest piece for the 1987 NAMCYA Youth Choir Competition) Short Introits and Benedictions for Mixed Chorus Guhit-Tugtugin: A Collection of Filipino Folksongs Arranged for Young Pianists All-Original Filipino Short Introits and Benedictions for Mixed Chorus Recuerdo Variations (piano solo based on Jovita Fuentes' "Ay Kalisud") Seleksiyon: A Collection of Filipino Pieces for Piano Solo and Duet Hallel (Contemporary Filipino Sacred Songs for Mixed Chorus)
Augusto "Agot" Espino earned his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Music from the University of the Philippines where he was a consistent scholar. A pianist, pedagogue, christian songwriter, choral conductor and arranger, his name has been identified with numerous classical performing groups like the U.P. Concert Chorus, U.P. Bel Canto Filipino, U.P. Trio, Lyrika, and The Philippine Boys Choir. As a collaborative artist, he has performed extensively here and abroad and has become a favorite assisting pianist to many classical solo artists because of his musicality, sensitivity, and technical proficiency. Also a solo artist, Agot has been featured as piano soloist by the Philippine Youth Orchestra, Metro Manila Symphony Orchestra, Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, UP Symphonic Band, and the UP Jazz Orchestra. He has also recorded three solo albums of Christian music arranged fro piano solo. He received the Gawad Chanselor Award at U.P., as "Pinakamahusay na Alagad ng Sining" (Music Arts Category) in the year 2000.