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BIOGRAPHY

Multi-awarded Filipino concert pianist Klyde Ledamo continues to impress audiences around the globe. Recently, he made his Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist of Liszt’s First Piano Concerto with New York’s Orchestra of St. Luke’s during the Grand Final Round of the 2023 New York Franz Liszt International Piano Competition where he won Third Prize. Recognized as both a chamber musician and soloist, Ledamo has appeared in concerts across Southeast Asia, Europe, and North America. A native of the Philippines and a former Top-Prize winner of the country’s National Music Competition for Young Artists, he has also won First Prizes from competitions in the United States including the Schubert Club, Lynn Concerto, International Great Composers Competition-Masters of Sonata, Golden Classical Music Awards, Tampa Bay Symphony Concerto, and the National Society of Arts and Letters Piano Competition.

Ledamo graduated from the Philippine High School for the Arts receiving the Outstanding Student-Artist Award and the Makiling Academe and Research Institute for the Arts Scholarship Award conferred by the Cultural Center of the Philippines. And after graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of the Philippines-Diliman, he pursued further studies at Lynn Conservatory-Florida, where he obtained a Master of Music degree in 2019 and was honored with the prestigious The Dean’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Education. Ledamo’s musical journey also took him to the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria, for a summer academy in 2017, further enriching his skills and experiences. Currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Iowa, his passion for music education and philanthropy exemplify his dedication to enriching lives through music. In 2023, the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award at UIowa was awarded to Ledamo. His prinicipal teachers include Nita Quinto, Carolyn Cheng, Roberta Rust, and Uriel Tsachor. Masterclass studies were with Boris Berman, Lilya Zilberstein, Arthur Greene, and Jerome Lowenthal, to name a few.

 

He has appeared as soloist with the UP Orchestra, Manila Symphony Orchestra, and the Lynn Philharmonia. From 2015-2018, he served as the pianist of the renowned University of the Philippines Concert Chorus which presented concerts in Germany and Italy, and Ledamo has also collaborated with the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, Ballet Philippines, and other ensembles. He has given masterclasses and lectures and has been invited to perform and serve as a staff at summer festivals including the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival at the University of South Florida. This year, he has been selected as one of the very few pianists from all over the world to participate in the prestigious Gilmore Festival Fellowship Residency Program in Michigan. He has adjudicated competitions including the Philippines’ National Music Competitions for Young Artists and the USA’s Quad Cities Baroque Piano Competition.

Alongside his musical achievements, Ledamo is deeply committed to community outreach, organizing fundraising concerts in his hometown in Bontoc, Southern Leyte, Philippines, and serving as music director for fundraising events and as an inspirational speaker at Filipino-American Association events in North America. He has been featured in publications including at the ABS-CBN’s The Filipino Channel, VERA Files, 98.7 DZFE-FM, and The Manila Times.

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