The gifted musician is Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra’s principal timpanist and percussionist. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Elizalde Tolentino entered the College of the Philippines (UP) Faculty of Music as a percussion main in 1987. He was a member of the UP Symphonic Band; the ROTC Band and the UP Brass Quintet (as a tuba participant). In 1993, he earned his Diploma in Inventive Performing Musical Arts, main in Percussion.
After faculty, he went on to change into the principal participant of a number of orchestras such because the Manila Symphony Orchestra, the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra, the San Miguel Philharmonic Orchestra, the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra. In the present day, he’s Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO)’s principal timpanist and percussionist. Concurrently, he’s a percussion lecturer on the UP Faculty of Music.
Regardless of his a long time of expertise, Elizalde continues to enhance his craft by becoming a member of workshops and grasp lessons, and lately exploring oriental percussion devices.
He lately carried out for the PPO Highlight Digital Pocket Performances in Might and we had been capable of interview him about his music and different associated subjects. Right here is a part of our dialog:
Tradition Carousel: You began enjoying with percussion devices at 11 years outdated. Was being a band member considered one of your goals? Why did you choose to change into a timpanist and percussionist?
Elizalde: Sure, it has been my dream to change into a band member, most particularly marching and live performance bands once I was younger. My grandfather was a trumpet participant and he used to deliver me to the live shows in our place. I select to be a percussionist as a result of that is the place I began from once I was younger. In school I studied music, main in percussion.That can be the beginning of my enjoying with the timpani. For me percussion is particular and difficult, as a result of there are such a lot of devices to review. The percussion is particular as a result of it’s referred to as the spine or heartbeat of a musical ensemble. It provides rhythm stability, depth and completely different music sounds.
Primarily based in your profile, you joined a number of orchestras till you lastly joined the PPO. Describe one musical expertise from any of the orchestras you joined which you’ll always remember?
I’m very fortunate to have performed with completely different orchestras. It is a crucial expertise, it builds up my artistry as a musician. Totally different orchestras, completely different types of paying; completely different tone character or signature sound of every orchestra. And due to this, one will be taught to regulate to the completely different to the completely different types of every group. Additionally, you will develop ensemble enjoying. Which is one essential facet in enjoying or performing with a bunch. I might say that every one my experiences with completely different orchestras has made a huge impact in my profession.
What is a wonderful artist for you?
For me, a superb artist is one with a excessive stage of performances, constantly for a very long time. They’re additionally very artistic and progressive. They don’t cease to change into higher artists.
What advise are you able to share with the following technology of musicians who aspire to be the most effective artist they are often?
To like performing, self-discipline one’s self. Don’t cease studying about your craft and at all times follow. Place confidence in your self. Attempt to assist different group members. Study out of your music idols and search for lecturers who will information you alongside the best way.
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