Ramon “Chino” Soberano, a Filipino award-winning violinist, chose to give back to the Philippine music community by heading free virtual master classes and lectures for the next generation of violinists.
Soberano, who attended St. Scholastica’s College of Music and graduated with honors at the U.P. College of Music, organized a series of virtual classes through the Philippine Research for Developing Individual Soloists, or PREDIS, and another session through University of the Philippines College of Music.
The music classes were conducted via Zoom and were aimed at young violinists looking to learn more about music and artistry.
He was joined by fellow musicians Kimwell del Rosario and Mary Grace del Rosario.
For Soberano, his music career started at a young age. When he was 7, he learned to play the violin at PREDIS, eventually moving on to St. Scholastica’s College of Music.
He graduated from Ateneo de Manila High School and U.P. College of Music, eventually going on to study in the United States with a scholarship grant.
Soberano received his Master of Music at the Western Illinois University and is currently a doctoral candidate in Violin Performance at the Arizona State University.
This talented musician has won a number of awards, nabbing the top spot at the WIU Concerto Competition and receiving Honorable Mention at the 2016 MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) Young Artist Competition.
He’s performed with local musical groups like the Manila Symphony Orchestra and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as international ones such as the Julstrom Faculty String Quartet in WIU and Herberger String Quartet in ASU.
Aside from that, Soberano champions equity and diversity in the music scene. This can be seen from the formation of ASU School of Music, Dance and Theater’s IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accountability) student committee, an initiative that he headed.
With all his achievements and desire to empower young musicians today, Soberano has certainly embodied the spirit of “Pinoy pride.” Aspiring violinists and other musical youth can look to Soberano as an inspiration for Filipinos worldwide.