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Gerard Salonga

Gerard Salonga

Gerard Salonga is the Music Director of the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra in Manila, and for two seasons served as Assistant Conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Since January of 2019 he has begun his term as Resident Conductor of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO). In 2016 he was named one of the assistant conductors of the HK Phil selected by the Music Director Jaap van Zweden. He has worked closely with maestros such as van Zweden, Yu Long, Jun Märkl, Zhang Guoyong, Hans Graf, John Wilson and Vladimir Ashkenazy.

He has conducted the HK Phil, Philippine Philharmonic, Shanghai Opera House Orchestra and Chorus, Evergreen Symphony, Bangkok Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic, Orchestra Victoria and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. His orchestral arrangements have been performed by HK Phil, Sydney Symphony, RTE Concert Orchestra, New York Pops, Winnipeg Symphony and the Cincinnati Pops. He has collaborated as arranger or conductor with artists like Lea Salonga, Wang Leehom, Wu Tong, Cecile Licad, Michael Ball, Il Divo, Blake, Shen Yang, Danielle de Niese, TaikOz, Ksenija Sidorova and The Beach Boys.

The 2018/19 season included debuts with the Singapore Symphony and Kunming Ni-Er Symphony in China. Later in 2019 he will collaborate with pianist Cecile Licad and the South Denmark Philharmonic on a new recording of the works of George Gershwin to be released on the Danacord label.

In 2012 Gerard was honoured as one of The Outstanding Young Men, the Philippines’ highest civilian award to achievers under the age of 40. That year, he was named Music Director of the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, a professional orchestra in Manila maintained by leading Philippine broadcast company ABS-CBN.