Ramon Lijauco Jr. wins Most Outstanding Conductor
Ramon Lijauco Jr. poses with his Jayne Davies Prize trophy during the 2019 Choir of the World. Photo from Suanplu Chorus’ Facebook page

Ramon Lijauco Jr., Thailand’s Suanplu Chorus’ Filipino conductor and music director, won the Jayne Davies Prize for Most Outstanding Conductor during the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod Festival’s Choir of the World 2019 held in Wales, United Kingdom.

Lijauco also led Thailand’s Suanplu Chorus to win the 1st Prize in the Open Category of the competition held last July 7.

“I am delighted and honored to be among you, Suanplu Chorus. You have given your all and did your best to this musical endeavor, and have achieved such a high level of performance. I am proud of you,” said Lijauco in a Facebook post.

Ending with the highest score of 93.7 percent, the judges also praised Suanplu Chorus for its artistic arrangements and high standard of vocals.

Established in 2000, Suanplu Chorus has been a pioneer in combining the beauty of Thai music with Western choral tradition. Lijauco started leading the choir in 2017.

Ramon Lijauco Jr. also brought the Adventist University of the Philippines Ambassadors to the same competition in 2011, bringing home the top awards in three categories including the Choir of the World title and the Pavarotti trophy.

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