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Armando V. Salarza and the Historic Bamboo Organ - Music

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Armando V. Salarza is an international concert organist and is best known as the Titular Organist of the Bamboo Organ of Las Pinas.


He started piano lessons at age 7 under Donna Ofrasio and organ lessons two years later under Wolfgang Oehms and Professor Amador Hernandez. He gave his first public performance at the age of 11 and shortly after thereafter became the youngest finalist in the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) piano competition. He took further lessons in piano under Fr. Manuel Maramba, OSB. At 14, he was the official accompanist of the Las Pinas Boys Choir.

Immediately after high school, he was sent to the Universitat fur Musik und darstellende Kunst in Graz, Austria (University for Music and the Performing Arts) as the first scholar of the Bamboo Organ Foundation. While still a student, he was specially selected by the Institute for Church Music to be an organ instructor for the Diocese of Graz and other parishes in Kärnten as part of the institute’s outreach program.

He graduated with distinction in 1988 and earned the title Magister Atrium – Master of Arts degree in Church Music and a Teacher’s  Certificate in Organ.

Recognized as a premier concert organist, he has given performances in Austria, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Poland, Finland and the United States of America. Since 1984, he has been performing regularly at the annual International Bamboo Organ festival in the Philippines.

To date, Professor Salarza continues to display the versatility of his musical talent as an organist, harpsichordist, ensemble player and conductor – performing for special events, music festivals and concerts here and abroad.

His first CD album, is a collection of his performances at the annual International Bamboo Organ Festival. The idea of compiling the works of Armando Salarza originated from sound engineer, Josef Kamykowski and supported by the present Bamboo Organ Foundation president, Msgr. Albert A. Venus. It includes tracks which are a combination of Bamboo Organ solo, organ with the orchestra, organ with trumpet and trombone, organ duet with four hands and organ duet with positive organ and brass quintet playing the works od Mozart, Salieri, Pachelbel, Benet Julia, William Boyce, Cesar Franck, Alessandro Scarlatti, C.P.E. Bach, Pablo Bruna, F.X. Brixi, Claude-Benigne Balbastre and arrangements of Filipino folk tunes by Wolfgang Oehms.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 16:20  

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