Ena Maria Aldecoa

Professor and the current chair of the Keyboard Department at the College of Music, University of the Philippines.


Piano and Keyboard Department


Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe (WS-SS 2010)
Solistenexamen Liedgestaltung-Gesang (July 2014) with distinction
Ergänzungsstudium Liedgestaltung-Gesang (October 2012) with distinction
Master of Music in Piano (University of the Philippines)
Master of Music in Voice (University of the Philippines)
Bachelor of Arts in English, magna cum laude (Universidad de Sta. Isabel)
Bachelor of Music in Piano, cum laude (Universidad de Sta. Isabel)

After finishing her Bachelor of Arts degree in English with magna cum laude and her Bachelor of Music in Piano with cum laude under Sr. Ester B. Peña, D.C. at the Universidad de Sta. Isabel she pursued graduate studies in piano under Prof. Nita A. Quinto at the University of the Philippines.

Subsequently she took Voice for two semesters fulfilling her academic load requirement for a scholarship. These two semesters then extended into many years of serious graduate studies in Voice under Prof. Elmo Q. Makil and Prof. Ma. Cecilia O. Valeña. After finishing her Master of Music degree in Piano she was appointed in 1997 to teach at the Keyboard Department of the College of Music.

Fate had it that she played for almost all voice literature classes confronting her with the wide scope of art songs and culminated in her Master of Music degree in Voice in 2004.

In 2011 she was the only applicant from Asia to be granted a voice scholarship by the KAAD. In 2013 she received a scholarship by the Albertus-Magnus- und Hildegardis-Verein (Studienstiftung der Erzdiözese Freiburg).

In 2010 her international singing career increased while studying under Prof. Mitsuko Shirai and Prof. Hartmut Höll when she was invited by Maestro Mario Venzago to sing the part of Marie in Alban Berg’s „Drei Bruchstücke für Gesang und Orchester“ from the opera „Wozzeck“ at the Konzerthaus in Karlsruhe.

Some of the other conductors she was working with were Jurjen Hempel, Ruggero Barbieri, Hans-Georg Dechange, Gérard Buquet, Philippe Cambreling and Johannes Blomenkamp.


Dioquino, Corazon, ed. “Music And Politics In The Philippines”. Compendium of the Humanities of the Philippines. Manila: NRCP, pp. 201-211
Aruy!-Beria Cu-Atsing Rosing-O Cacang Maputla. Mga Awiting Bayan Para Sa Korong Pilipino. Manila. NCCA & NAMCYA Foundation Inc. 2007


Metro Manila Commission Professorial Chair, 2017
Responsorial Psalms for Voice and Piano (2004)
Psalm 85 for Voice and Piano (2002)
Hosea, a musical (1992)

Featured Soloist of the following Orchestras:

Orchester der Hofheimer Akademie (Wiesbaden, June 2017)
Staatsorchester Stuttgart (Stuttgart, January 2015)
Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (Manila, December 2014 und 2006)
Projektorchester der Oper Frankfurt (Hofheim am Taunus, September 2014)
Streichorchester der Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe, January 2014)
Barockorchester Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe, March 2013)
Camerata 2000 (Karlsruhe, November 2012)
Ensemble de Musique nouvelle du Conservatoire de Karlsruhe (Nancy, October 2012)
Orchestra Agimus Arte (Florence, June 2012)
Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi (Milan, June 2012)
Waldstadt Kammerochester (Speyer, April 2012)
Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana (Bergamo, April 2012)
Ensemble TEMA (Karlsruhe, March 2012)
Kammerphilharmonie Rhein-Main (Hofheim am Taunus, November 2011)
Orchester der Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe, May 2011)
Orchestra Sinfonica Gaetano Donizetti (Bergamo, January 2011)
JeugdOrkest Nederland (Aberdeen, August 2003)
Manila Youth Symphony Orchestra (Manila, 1998)

Artistic Experience as Chorister:

Philippine Madrigal Singers (Member 2008 – 2010)
o Concert Tours: South Korea (May 2010 and April-May 2009)

Germany, Italy, France, Brussels, United States of America (June-November 2009)
o Award: UNESCO Artists for Peace (2009 Paris, France)

University of the Philippines Concert Chorus
o Assistant Conductor (2006)
o Rehearsal Master (2004-2006)
o Pianist and Soloist (2003-2004)
o Concert Tours: United States of America, Italy, Scotland, England, Germany, New Zealand (June-November 2006)
Germany, Italy, France (October-November 2004)
United States of America, Germany, Austria, Spain, Scotland, England, Italy (2003)
o Awards: Premio di Excellenza (45th Concorso Internationale di Canto Corale „SEGHIZZI“, Gorizia, Italy) – All-Male Ensemble Gold Medal, Internationale Chortage Mainhausen, Germany

Outreach Concert Series:

Local concert tours featuring Art Songs, keyboard works and chamber music works of Filipino composers starting 2018.


Walumpu’t Walong Tiklado, a fundraising campaign in cooperation with Steinway Boutique Manila, Steingräber und Söhne and the University of the Philippines to bring in new excellent sounding grand pianos to the College of Music.

Piano Competition:

Piano Competition Leonor Kilayko, founded by Filipino concert pianist and pedagogue par excellence Leonor Kilayko in cooperation with the Keyboard Department of the University of the Philippines College of Music and the Steinway Boutique Manila to encourage young pianists ages 16-22 to achieve excellence in performance, discover the best among their ranks, present the winners to a wider audience and support their artistic development.


Elected to the RISING STARS! FESTIVAL 2015 (Baden-Württemberg, Germany) in the field of Art Songs
Career Service Professional (1991)
One of the Thirty Finalists for the Search for Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (1990)

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