Why would you miss a legendary Premier Prix in Piano? Reynaldo Reyes, the acclaimed US-based Filipino pianist and pedagogue will perform his final concert of the Beethoven piano sonatas at the Cultural Center of the Philippines' Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater) on August 17, 2011 at 7:30pm.
The program will include Sonata No. 3 in E major, Op. 109(1820), Sonata 12 in A flat Major, Op. 26 No. 12 (1801) and Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op 2 No. 3 (1796).
Noted music critic Rosalinda Orosa hailed Reyes' Beethoven concert early this year, "playing both the grandiloquent and serene sequences with elegance, refinement and restraint- these ensuing from a master's artistic maturity and seasoned sophistication".
Those music enthusiasts can really learn from the master who is one of the country's most awarded pianists. He received awards for: Ten Outstanding Young Men, Ten Outstanding Filipino Overseas, One of the Twenty Outstanding Filipinos of Canada and the US by Fil-American Image Magazine in Washington DC, the Golden Cross Award given by the University of Santo Tomas and Musician of the Year by the University of the Philippines. Reyes was also a winner in the International Piano competitions in Italy, France and Brazil. He was a French Government Scholar to study at the Conservatoire Nationale Superieur de Musique de Paris where he obtained the coveted Premier Prix in Piano.
Reyes was the official accompanist of the Metropolitan Opera Company Regional Auditions in Washington DC for 20 years and he has done outreach programs in the Far East and the Philippines, bringing classical music to areas where people and mostly students have never heard of classical concerts.
He is presently based in Maryland, USA where he works as a Professor in piano at Towson University.