Gerard Salonga is a multi-awarded musical director, conductor, and arranger. He has collaborated with some of the brightest musical artists, including Lea Salonga, Michael Ball, Wang Leehom, Hins Cheung, Elisa Chan, Wu Tong, Shenyang, and Cecile Licad. Born in Manila, he has won the Aliw Award (the Philippines’ top live performance award) for Best Musical Director four times, and was inducted into the Aliw Hall of Fame in 2010 for his work in popular concerts and musical theatre.
Gerard was recently appointed Assistant Conductor for the 2016/17 season of the HK Phil by Music Director Jaap van Zweden. Also this season, Gerard will return to the Malaysian Philharmonic, as well as debuts with Ballet Philippines and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Currently Gerard is music director of the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, a professional symphony orchestra maintained by Philippine broadcast giant ABS-CBN, and as an orchestral arranger, his works have been performed by the HK Phil, the New York Pops, Cincinnati Pops, National Symphony (Washington, DC), Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Winnipeg and Baltimore Symphony orchestras.
He has conducted the HK Phil, Shanghai Opera House Orchestra and Chorus, the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan), Philippine Philharmonic and Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, and last March made his debut with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2012 Gerard was honoured by the President of the Philippines as one of The Outstanding Young Men, the Philippines’ highest civilian award to achievers under the age of forty.