Faculty, Composition and Theory Department
College of Music, University of the Philippines, Diliman

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A graduate of the Bachelor of Music from the University of the Philippines in 1979, Chino as he is fondly called, received his masters degree in music from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 1986. He traveled to Paris, France to study Composition and Musical Analysis under Prof. Claude Ballif privately and at the Conservatoire National Superior des Musique from 1983-1985. Chino Toledo received the best of both worlds having studied with Filipino and foreign professors. His professors included Ramon Santos, Lucio San Pedro, Eliseo Pajaro of the University of the Philippines, Claude Ballif of France, John Reinhart, Thomas Knab and Donald Erb of the Cleaveland Institute of Music (CIM).


Between the years 1980 to 2000, Chino Toledo has participated in several international conferences including the 1980 Young Composers Conference in Hongkong as a Philippine representative. He was the Featured Composer and Visiting Professor in the 2000 Nagano Music Festival in Japan. Prof. Toledo has also received several awards and distinctions including The Outstanding Young Men Award in the Arts (TOYM) in 1997, the American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP)-Raymun Hubbel Award in Composition, USA in 1997 and the 1st and 3rd prizes of the Young Composers Composition Contest, Chamber Music Category, at the CCP in 1979, to name a few. He was the recipient of several grants including the Asian Cultural Council Grant in Composition, USA from 1985-1987, French Government grant in Compostion, Paris from 1983-1985. From September 1999 to October 2000, Prof. Toledo continuously composed numerous works that reflect the range of his talent from composing vocal and instrumental genres for solo, chamber and music theater, to works for orchestra. His studies and his international exposures gave him the knowledge and enhanced his talents. Josefino Chino Toledo is an active and recognized figure in Asian contemporary art music scene.

Currently a professor of music composition and theory at the University of the Philippines, College of Music; he is the founding music director of Metro Manila Community Orchestra, University of the Philippines Festival Orchestra, Crosswave Symphony Orchestra Project and the chamber vocal ensemble AUIT; former music director of Manila Symphony Orchestra and Peace Philharmonic Orchestra of the Philippines; and guest conduct the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and the San Miguel Philharmonic Orchestra in their concerts and other orchestral activities. Toledo is noted for premiering works of Filipino composers as well as other Asian composers. As the artistic director of the 1997 Asian Composers League Music Festival in Manila, he was cited for remarkably conducting the local premier of twenty contemporary music compositions during the week-long festival. Toledo was also critically praised for his conducting of premier performances of new works by Filipino composers during the Philippine Centennial Celebration; and conducted at the Art Summit Festival in Indonesia, Pacific Soundstream Festival, Federation Music Week in Melbourne and several festivals in Japan. In the 2004 Philippine Arts Month Festival, he led the young Metro-Manila Community orchestra to a critically acclaimed 8-concert series within the cities of Metro-Manila.

His conducting has been described as "clear and expressive"; and "like weaving a musical magic". Philippine art critic Leonor Goquingco recently wrote that "Toledo is one of the (Philippines') finest and best conductors ever." Toledo's own music include works for chorus, orchestra, and chamber ensemble.

His compositions have been performed by well known international artists and ensembles such as the New Juilliard Ensemble; guitarist Kazuhito Yamashita; percussionists Isao Nakamura, Peter Neville and Thierry Miroglio; trombonist Barry Webb; Hong Kong Sinfonietta; Tokyo Symphony Orchestra; Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra among others in Europe, America and Asia - and featured in several international music festivals such as the Focus!, Gaudeamus, Pacific Music Festival, Horizonte, Tokyo Asian Arts Festival, Hong Kong Musicarama, Asian Music Week 2000, Nagano Music Festival, 2001 Melbourne Federation Music Week and the Asian Composers League Festivals. His music has been described as "pure and powerful", and has been cited for its fusion of contemporary western language and Southeast Asian aesthetics. Music critic Rosalinda Orosa described Toledo as "…an ingenious, remarkably original composer of singular creativity and imagination."

Toledo is cited in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2000ed.-UK); 20th Century Composers of Asia (2002–Tokyo); Komponisten der Gegenwart (2003– Berlin/Munich); Philippine Encyclopedia for the Arts (CCP); Who's Who in International Music (England); and Who's Who in Australisia and Far East (England,). Among his recent awards are the 1997 The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Award; Civitella Ranieri Fellowship in Italy; the International Award for the Arts, and the Chancellor Awards for Outstanding Musical Works from the University of the Philippines. Toledo's music is characterized by great energy and often bears a relationship to the traditional music of Southeast Asia.