About the Artist
Marcelita Lopez-Kabayáo, who comes from three generations of musicians, has brought her piano artistry to enthusiastic audiences on three continents. From the concert halls of her birthplace, the Philippines, to Carnegie Hall in New York and the great halls, television and broadcast studios of England, France, Austria, Spain, Korea, Singapore, and Scandinavia, her playing has thrilled hundreds of thousands. She was also a pioneer in bringing classical music to the masses throughout the Philippines, and as a teenager she received the award of "Outstanding Filipino Musician of the Year" from the University of the Philippines. Later in her career she was honored as "Outstanding Filipino Woman in New York" at the United Nations. She has appeared as guest soloist with the London Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Honolulu Symphony, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra (Sweden), the Manila Symphony Orchestra, the Philippine Philharmonic, the National Philharmonic Orchestra in Manila, the State Symphony Orchestra of Korea, the Tivoli Symphony Orchestra in Copenhagen, the Little Orchestra Society, and the National Orchestra Association, besides other orchestras.
"Proved exceptionally gifted . . . She played with great delicacy and a sensitive feeling." - NEW YORK TIMES
"She performs with admirable clarity and has a flair for injecting atmospheric music with its proper mood. Her playing is poetic and architecturally interesting." - NEW YORK POST
"Her technique was brilliant and the rapidly adjusting sensitivity of her subtle nuances was the height of musicianship." SYDSVENSKA DAGBLADET SWEDEN
". . . extraordinary pianistic virtuosity!" DIARIO DE BARCELONA
"This young Filipino pianist has very considerable musical spirit . . . a triumphant performance." THE TIMES, LONDON
" . . . beneath all that loveliness and charm there also resided a first-class musician endowed with a topnotch technique, a lustrous tone and some very personal ideas on how certain pieces ought to go." NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE