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Gerard Salonga

Gerard Salonga

Gerard Salonga is currently Resident Conductor of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in Kuala Lumpur, a position he has held since January 2019. For two seasons he served as Assistant Conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra from 2016 to 2018 where he was appointed by Maestro Jaap van Zweden, having been selected from a field of over 170 international applicants.  He also served as Music Director of the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra in Manila from 2012 to 2020.  In January of 2021, Gerard began his term as the Music Director of the Orchestra of the Filipino Youth (OFY).


He has assisted and covered distinguished conductors such as Jaap van Zweden, Jun Märkl, Hans Graf, Yu Long, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mark Wigglesworth, and Leonard Slatkin, and has conducted the Philippine Philharmonic, Shanghai Opera House Orchestra and Chorus, Kunming Nie-Er Symphony, Evergreen Symphony of Taiwan, Bangkok Symphony, Singapore Symphony, South Denmark Philharmonic, Queensland Camerata, Orchestra Victoria, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.  Gerard has also conducted in iconic venues such as the Sydney Opera House and Royal Albert Hall.


He has conducted a wide range of performances, covering symphony, ballet, opera, pops, family, and film including the Harry Potter, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Ratatouille films in concert, plus several Disney concerts.  His orchestral arrangements have been performed by orchestras such as the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, New York Pops, Guangzhou Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Cincinnati Pops, Indianapolis Symphony, BBC Symphony, and Royal Philharmonic.  Gerard has also collaborated as arranger or conductor across different styles with artists like Lea Salonga, Regine Velasquez, Wang Leehom, Wu Tong, Cecile Licad, Tengku Irfan, Paul Archibald, Anthony Lun, Elisa Chan, Ivana Wong, Michael Ball, Blake, Il Divo, Danielle de Niese, TaikOz, Ksenija Sidorova, Shen Yang, Llŷr Williams, James Ehnes, Jing Wang, Jan Lisiecki, and The Beach Boys.


For 2023, aside from concerts with the MPO in KL and OFY in Manila, engagements include a return visit to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Hong Kong Philharmonic, where he will conduct the world premiere of The Metaverse Symphony by composer Elliot Leung.