PIA D. BALASICO

Assistant Professor, Piano and Keyboard Department
College of Music, University of the Philippines, Diliman

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Won top prizes in piano competitions
Consistent University and College Scholar
Faculty, UP College of Music Extension Program
NAMCYA, Category A, Honorable Mention, 1973
NAMCYA, Category A, First Prize, 1978
 

An acknowledged child-prodigy, a performer, and a compassionate mentor, Pia Dino Balasico’s musical talent was discovered very early in life. Raised in a family of piano teachers, she learned to play the piano at the age of five. Very soon after, her musical foundations were carefully laid when she was brought under the personal tutelage of Prof. Regalado Jose.

At the age of six, she won her first national piano competition, being given Honorable Mention at the National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) in 1973. Five years later, in 1978, she came back to the NAMCYA to win First Prize, besting some of the brightest young pianists of her generation.

She pursued her Bachelor of Music degree major in Piano from the University of the Philippines College of Music and finished Magna Cum Laude in 1989. She went on to complete her Master of Music Degree Major in Piano from the same university in 1997.

During her stay in UP she was given the Rosario Lopez Garcia Scholarship for Piano in 1983-1984, and the Generoso Villanueva Scholarship for Piano in 1984-1985. She participated in the Bach Piano Competition in 1984 and won third place. She also competed in the Liszt Piano Competition in 1986 and took the top prize.

She had the privilege of performing as featured soloist of the Metro Manila Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Prof. Regalado Jose in a special concert at the Cultural Center of the Philippines held for the delegates of the 1980 Inter-Parliamentary Union. She also performed twice as featured soloist of the Metro Manila Symphony Orchestra at the Concert at the Park in 1979. She was one of the guest artists of the Likha-Awit Pambata, a concert for the Internatrional Year of the Child held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 1979. She also participated in the annual Concert of the Champions (NAMCYA) at the CCP.

She has been active as an assisting artist for recitals and competitions of various music students and faculty, not only in UP but in other concert venues as well. Among her most recent notable performances are the chamber music performance of a piano quartet at the Francisco Santiago Hall in January 13, 2008, the 3 Grands: A Piano Celebration with pianists Abelardo Galang II and Jose Artemio Panganiban III with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Prof. Chino Toledo at the CCP Main Theater in January 9, 2009, a Piano-Duo Concert with Prof. Augusto Espino at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium, UP Diliaman in March 29, 2009, another Piano-Duo Concert with Jose Artemio Panganiban III also at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium in September 1, 2009, and a Back to Back Concert with Prof. Luci Magalit at the PhilamLife Auditotium, UN Avenue in December 4, 2009.

She is Assistant Professor of piano at the UP College of Music, where she has been teaching and mentoring young pianists since 1989. She has two sons, Jethro Mari and Joshua Dominic.

Pia’s former piano teachers were Sis. Cecilde S.Sp.S., Sis. Stella S.Sp.S., Prof. Asuncion Laureola, Ms. Leonor Kilayko, Prof. Nita Quinto and Prof. Regalado Jose.