Pinoy cellist performs at famed Carnegie Hall in NY


Carnegie Hall in New York City is a performance venue graced by many legends in the music industry.

In its more than 100-year history, the concert hall has seen performances staged by historic acts such as Frank Sinatra, James Taylor and the Beatles.

Just recently, a renowned Filipino cellist joined their ranks when he performed before classical music aficionados and critics at the famed venue.

Wilfredo Pasamba, who grew up in Quezon province, is in Manila in preparation for a concert slated in July at the University of the Philippines — Diliman, where he once taught students how to play the cello for three years.

“I think there’s a problem of [perceiving] classical music as being too elitist,” Pasamba said in an interview aired over GMA News’s Good News Sunday night.

“But, it’s not, it’s just a different music. To be able to appreciate it you have to listen very carefully,” he added.

Pasamba said he started his love affair with the string instrument at the age of 16, when he won in the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA).

After that, Pasamba flew to Russia after being offered a full scholarship and studied at the Moscow Conservatory for five years.

His stint at Russia opened doors and opportunities to perform in different venues across the globe, including Pittsburgh, University of Missouri in Kansas, and the Moscow Conservatory in Russia.

“After that I went to the United States and then went to New York City and studied at Julliard School for two years,” he said.

But Pasamba said he considers the time when a New York Times writer saw his concert and hailed his performance for its “audacity and brilliance” as one of the highlights of his career.

“He wrote an article about the concert and it was certainly very positive,” he said.

Despite his many achievements, Pasamba remains a humble and meek musician who did not forget his roots.

For his fellow Filipino musicians aiming to make a name in the international scene, his advice is: “Without passion in any profession, you’re not going anywhere. So, talent plus passion and hard work, I think those are the main ingredients.” – via gmanews.tv

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