Kurt Muroki is guest soloist in PPO's October concert

DOUBLE bass soloist Kurt Muroki performs with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Olivier Ochanine on October 19, 2012, 8:00 p.m. at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater). Entitled “The Mysterious Mountain”, Kurt Muroki will perform Bottesini’s Concert No 2. The PPO program also includes Prokofieff’s Lieutenant Kijé Suite and Hohvaness’ Mysterious Mountain Symphony.

An Artist Member with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Kurt Muroki began his musical studies on the violin at the age of six and subsequently performed concerti with the Honolulu Symphony and the Maui Symphony. Muroki went on to study the Double bass at the age of 13 and entered the Juilliard School of Music at 17 studying with his teacher/mentor Homer R. Mensch. At the age of 21, Kurt began performing with the internationally renowned Sejong Soloists under ICM Management. Kurt has performed with The Jupiter Chamber Players, Speculum Musicae, “Great Performers” series at Lincoln Center, Ensemble Sospeso, Sequitur, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, American Composers Orchestra, Tokyo Opera Nomori, New York City Ballet, 92nd St. Y, and Bargemusic. Festivals include Marlboro Music Festival, Festival L’Autonne at IRCAM, and Aspen Music Festival to name a few. Kurt is also active playing movies, commercials, popular, and classical recordings with titles including the Oscar winning film “The Departed”, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”, “Hitch”, “Julie and Julia”, “The Manchurian Candidate”, “Roger Daltrey Sings Pete Townshend” – The Who, Sting, Peter Gabriel, and Itzhak Perlman. Muroki has won numerous competitions including 1st prize in the Aspen Music Festival double bass competition, the first bassist to win the New World Symphony concerto competition, and the Honolulu Symphony Young Artists competition. He has collaborated with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Tokyo, Orion quartets, Ensemble Wein-Berlin, Jaime Laredo, Lynn Harrell, Maurice Bourgue, Toru Takemitsu, Peter Schickele, John Zorn, and Brian Ferneyhough, among others, and has performed concerto tours throughout Asia and the United States. Muroki is currently faculty at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Stony Brook University, and the McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University, and has been a judge at the Yale Gordon Competition at Peabody Conservatory, ASTA, and others. Muroki is also on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Bassists and is a D’Addario Strings Artist. He plays on a double bass once owned by the famous double bassist Domenico Dragonetti and attributed to Nicolo Amati circa 1665, a fantastic bass by Arnold E Schnitzer, and bows by George Rubino, Eugene Sratory, Victor Fetique, and Emile A. Ouchard.

Ticket prices: P1000/P800/P500/P350/P200, with discounts available to students, senior citizens and groups. Subscription packages are also available. For inquiries and subscriptions, please call the CCP Marketing Department (832-1125 loc. 1806), the CCP Box Office (832-3704) or Ticketworld at National Bookstore (891-9999).
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