UP Music graduate Ryle Nicole Custodio wins top prize in Busan competition

Ryle Nicole Custodio Busan competition
Ryle Custodio of the UP Class of 2021 won the inaugural composition competition of the Busan Choral Festival & Competition. UPDate Diliman photo.

University of the Philippines College of Music (CMu) Class of 2021 graduate Ryle Nicole Quillosa Custodio has won the top prize in the inaugural Composition Competition of the 2021 Busan Choral Festival & Competition (BCFC).

The competition website announced on July 20 that Custodio, a 4-time recipient of the UP Parangal sa Mag-aaral (2016, 2017, 2019, 2021), won for his composition “Tagu-Taguan” for Soprano-Alto-Tenor-Bass (SATB) a capella.

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Custodio submitted his entry in May when he was still a student of the College of Music.

The Bachelor of Music in Composition graduate of UP Diliman competed among 54 entries from 28 countries for the 17th BCFC top prize.

Custodio’s work will be premiered on BCFC’s YouTube channel on October 23 during the 2021 Busan Choral Festival & Competition week as part of its prize, along with a $3,000 cash award.

“The recording of this piece is already on the works, with the world-renowned UP Madrigal Singers and its director, Prof. Mark Anthony Carpio, set to sing my piece,” Custodio said in the UPDate Diliman report.

The Busan Choral Festival & Competition has been organized by the Korea Choral Institute since 2005 and is regarded as one of Asia’s top choral festivals.

The UP College of Music previously collaborated with the University of British Columbia for a laptop orchestra music concert.

The University of the Philippines is ranked in the Top 100 Performing Arts Schools on the QS World University Rankings.

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