ACCOMPLISHED businessman and flutist Ray Sison of ROS Music Center sent an invitation through email inviting me to Chopin Manille 2010 Bicentenaire – a celebration of Frederic Francois Chopin’s 200-year anniversary at the Philam Life Auditorium.

Using one of ROS Music Center’s Bosendorfer grand pianos, featured artist was Rudolf Golez.

Listening to this powerful artist on one of the best pianos only means luxury to the ears.

An event like this is something one must not miss because it is offers to the listener an artistic form of auditory communication in a structured and continuous manner.

Rudolf Golez is one of the country’s “hottest” pianists and his artistic journey is one with a global perspective.

His mother was his first teacher at age four and his first inspiration was the movie biography of Johann Strauss, Jr. called “Waltz King”.

This film opened his interest in classical music particularly the romantic style of the First Viennese School that was his first exposure to the melodies of 18th century Europe.

Strauss had such a great influence that Rudolf played nothing for some months but Strauss’ transcriptions for Piano.

Rudolf developed a drive for exploring other music as he gave this first Piano recital at age 10 which included the great ‘Heroic Polonaise’ of Chopin.

Nelly Castro prepared Rudolf for serious studies in New York City when he was 12 years of age. He was accepted at Julliard at age 13 under Seymour Lipkin. Lipkin’s distinctive Beethoven training makes Rudolf one of the country’s best interpreters of the music of Betthoven and other German composers.

Rudolf pursued a regular Liberal Arts course in College in his native Cebu. After graduation he went to Graz, Austria for a short study course, which further broadened his musical concepts.

With the Philippines in his heart, he returned home and pursued a master’s degree at the University of the Philippines.

This exposed him with our great Master composer Jose Maceda who is instrumental in modern Filipino classical music.

This created a profound facet of the artistic development of Rudolf which started in New York, Cebu, Graz, and ended in Manila.

At the Philamlife Auditorium, Rudolf played Twelve Etudes, Op. 10 (1829-31) – the Chopin Etudes – the most important pieces in the genre that forms the basis for all future concert etudes.

Rudolf Golez succeeded in charming the audience with his music and his spiels leaving the music aficionados present that evening, breathless.

Indeed, after this concert, this gentleman has outdone himself.

His expressive style was superb….and maybe, Frederic Chopin himself was “up there” guiding Rudolf’s hands and fingers to play his (Chopin’s) finest works.

article by Boysie Villavicencio of Malaya

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