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Application Deadline
October 1, 2024

Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra

Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra

Selected Soloists will be presented at the colORCHESTRA concert with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra in Pasay City, Philippines, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City, Philippines under the baton of Maestro Grzegorz Nowak. Concert dates - during 2025-26 concert season.
Rehearsals with Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra will be scheduled 3 days prior to concert date.

The concert will be Broadcast Live by Virtual Concert Halls on various public channels on YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Twitch, among other platforms
Video of the concert will stay available for playbacks on the channels.

Soloists will participate in interviews for media and other activities associated with the event.
Important dates: Application deadline - see dates on the website.
October 2024, January 2025 - Live Auditions Finals. Broadcast on video and social platforms. Meet the Judges and the Conductors. Streaming technology seminar in preparation for Live Audition - prior to performing LIVE.
No age restrictions.
Any instrumental Concerto, a single movement, or Aria accepted.

Meet the Orchestra

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) is the country’s leading orchestra and is widely regarded as one of the top musical ensembles in the Asia-Pacific region. The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra was established on May 15, 1973 as the CCP Philharmonic Orchestra and was initially intended to accompany performing artists at the CCP Theater.

The PPO’s first music director was Prof. Luis Valencia with Julian Quirit as concertmaster. In 1979, then First Lady Imelda R. Marcos asked Prof. Oscar C. Yatco to reorganize the orchestra. Three years later, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra was born with a new vision – to be ranked among the best in the world.

The PPO has performed with many of the world’s renowned conductors that include Mendi Rodan, Piero Gamba, Enrique Batis, Sebastian Bereau and Nicholas Koch. It has also performed with the best foreign and Filipino artists such as Van Cliburn, Renata Tebaldi, Judith Engel, Anthony Camden, David Benoit, Cecile Licad, Raul Sunico and Lea Salonga.

The PPO has toured Europe in 2001 and has participated in the Asia Orchestra Week in September 2002 held at the Tokyo Opera City Hall upon the invitation of the Association of Japanese Symphony Orchestras. It has performed at Bangkok’s National Theater in September 2004 upon the invitation of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vandhana of Thailand.

The PPO has premiered Filipino compositions and has featured works by foreign composers not yet performed in the Philippines. It continues to promote music appreciation through outreach concerts in schools, parishes, government agencies and underserved communities in Metro Manila and in different regions in the country

Meet the Conductor

"Outstanding… in every way this matches and even outshines the superb account which Sir Georg Solti recorded with the Chicago Orchestra on Decca… the vitality of the piece is superbly caught."-Gramophone Magazine, London
"Outstanding… in every way this matches and even outshines the superb account which Sir Georg Solti recorded with the Chicago Orchestra on Decca… the vitality of the piece is superbly caught."-Gramophone Magazine, London

Application and Audition Process

Application form is DUE by the DEADLINE June 10, 2024
Upload video of any piece (with or without accompaniment). YouTube or Google Drive links are accepted
Application fee $75

Selected musicians will be invited to audition live on a public Internet TV Broadcast* and will receive a preparation tech session with VCHS Broadcast Engineers.
You will meet the Judges during Live Audition.
Live Auditions are held virtually.
Live Auditions are judged in real time.
Judges provide participants with immediate on-air feedback.
During the live audition participants will be able to speak with Judges.
• The judges’ decisions are final and may not be contested.
• To participate in the live online auditions, each musician must prepare required technical setup
Live Audition Fee - $250
*Fee includes the Technology Preparation session with A/V and Broadcast engineers

You will be notified about your acceptance into the colORCHESTRA program


Application and video pre-screening - $75
Live Audition - $250
Performance - NO FEE ($0)

Selected soloists are expected to cover their own travel expenses.

Upon request colORCHESTRA provides supporting documentation for selected soloists' visa applications.

Selected soloists may request press releases, letters of recommendation, confirmations of their participation in the concert, in support of the soloist's grants applications.

The Cultural Center of the Philippines

The Cultural Center of the Philippines was created in 1966 with the purpose of promoting and preserving the best of Filipino arts and culture. Since then, the CCP has sought to embody the values of katotohanan (truth), kagandahan (beauty) and kabutihan (goodness). The CCP has been at the forefront of culture and the arts for over 50 years and continues to work with the government, business, academe, and international community for a thriving local creative industry that respects tradition, spurs innovation, increases social awareness, and enriches the Philippine brand and economy.

The best artists from all over the country and around the world have enthralled Filipinos onsite (at the CCP venues), offsite (at regional venues) and online.

Performing companies representing dance, music and theater reside within the CCP.  It has four resident dance companies:  Ballet Philippines, Philippine Ballet Theatre, the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group and the Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company.  Tanghalang Pilipino is the CCP’s resident theater company while music is represented by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the UST Symphony Orchestra, the Philippine Madrigal Singers and the National Music Competitions for Young Artists Foundation (NAMCYA).

The CCP also covers the film and broadcast arts, as well as the literary and visual arts, encouraging the growth of aspiring artists in these fields through numerous workshops, seminars, anthologies, exhibits, symposia as well as competitions and awards. In line with its mission to support creative entrepreneurship, the CCP created the Virgin Labfest for untried, untested, and unstaged plays and is a leading force behind The Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival. Its Arts Education Program nurtures the next generation of artists and the audiences who will support their work through training, exposure and audience development activities.  The Cultural Content Program develops engaging content for digital formats and new technologies.

Through its Cultural Exchange Program, the CCP supports the growth and development of arts councils all over the country through relevant workshops and seminars.  Through exchange programs with these organizations and with other institutions, Filipinos have been able to glimpse the beauty of different cultures from various countries, witnessing many a triumphant performance from highly-acclaimed artists all over the world.

The CCP continues to emphasize the Filipino pagmamalasakit (compassion) in its programs that highlight the virtues of galing, galang and dangal (excellence, respect and integrity), reaffirming its commitment to the growth and development of the Filipino nation and its arts and culture.

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