By: Stephanie B. Estoque
It was sunny day of March 9,2017 around 10:00 o’clock in the morning, John Roa was preparing himself for a very special event in his life, his Junior Recital.
Junior Recital is a partial requirement for the degree of Bachelor of Music major in Piano Performance which is a step before Senior or Graduation Recital for him to finish the course.
John Roa studied piano at the early age of 13. He nourished his talents through exposures such as volunteering as a school pianist and accompanist. He is an active performer as he joined the 2014 & 2016 Southeast Asia Music Festival where he studied under Dr. Dan Sato and Evan Ritter. Also, he participated in various masterclasses under Professor Russel Brandon, Ms. Mariel Illusorio, Dr. Dan Sato, Mr. Horst-Hans Bäcker,Mr. Robert Stormowski (Violin); and Tullio Vidmar (Viola).
Last year, he participated in The First Henrietta S. Limjoco- Tayengco Piano Concerto Competition with its theme: Mozart Piano Concertos.
Currently, he is under the tutilage of Professor Rudolf Caesar P. Golez,MM and Professor Horst-Hans Bäcker on Historical Informed Performance.
Number of people gathered around to witness a marvelous performance that took place at Rodelsa hall’s high-class Lobby.
The sequence of his pieces was uniquely arranged by his professor in order to give excitement to his audience.
He started his piece with Allegro Barbaro in A minor by B. Bartok and played it with Pugnacious melodies to keep the mood High followed by W.A Mozart, Fantasie no.2 in C minor kv. 396/385f .He almost perfectly played J.S. Bach Prelude and Fugue no.9 in E Major Book 2.
After the 10 minute break, Mr. Roa continued playing and started with the second part with W.A Mozart Piano Sonata no. in A minor kv.310 , then Chopin Fantasie- Impromptu op.66 in C-sharp minor. He Ended His repertoire with a ravishing piece by R. Addinsell the “Warsaw Concerto”.
Indeed, it was a great performance of Mr. John T. Roa.