Filipina violinist Kristine Clair Galano wins Women in Music-Columbus tilt in America

Kristine Clair Galano
KayCee Galano continues to make her mark on the world stage after moving to the United States as a University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music scholar of Kurt Sassmannshaus.

Filipina violinist Kristine Clair “KayCee” Galano has won the Mary Lane Memorial Violin Competition awarded by the Women in Music-Columbus.

The Dumaguete-raised Kaycee Galano was announced on February 25, 2021, as the First Place Winner of the 2021 online edition of the United States tilt judged by Liz Fisher, Heidemarie Traylor Williams, and Alexandra Vargo.

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music scholar of Kurt Sassmannshaus from the Philippines won for her violin performance of Paganini 21, Penderecki Capriccio for solo violin, and Wieniawski Polonaise No. 2 in A Major, Op. 21.

Galano has established herself as one of the leading young violinists of her generation. She has performed concertos with orchestras in Europe, China, North America, and in her native Philippines. She was a prizewinner of the 2020 KF Wieniawski Violin Competition.

KayCee Galano made her Carnegie Hall debut in October 2019, performing all 6 Bach solo sonatas which she had mastered when she was just 10 years old.

In 2018, she participated in the 1st International Viktor Tretyakov Violin Competition, and later that year she was invited to perform the Bruch Violin Concerto with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2017 she performed with the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, playing Mozart’s A Major Violin Concerto and other works. In that same year, while attending the Weimar Masterclasses in Germany, she was one of the few students selected to play with the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Maestro Markus Franck.

KayCee won First Prize at the Malaysian Youth Music Festival and at the Great Wall Violin Concerto Competition in Beijing, performing the Brahms Violin Concerto. She was featured on National Public Radio’s “From The Top” with Christopher O’Riley at age 12. At age 14, she toured the USA with pianist Rohan DeSilva and China with the Starling Chamber Orchestra. She has participated in the Queenstown Violin Summer School in New Zealand and performed repeatedly at the Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing. She also took part at the Innsbrook Institute of Music and the Bowdoin International Music Festival.

Two other Filipina violinists are making their mark on the international stage. Filipino-Canadian violinist Isabel Lago trained and performed with the Canadian Opera Company while Filipino violinist Ruth Livioco-Tumpalan was awarded the American Protege Award.

WATCH the performance here and SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below to Filipina violinist Kristine Clair Galano for winning the Mary Lane Memorial Violin Competition awarded by the Women in Music-Columbus tilt!

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