Dr. Oliver Salonga
_ English, Chinese
Artistic Director of
Souland Music Institute Hangzhou
Piano Faculty at
FaceArt Institute Shanghai
Praised for his emotional energy and technical finesse, Oliver Salonga has performed in the major concert halls in four continents such as Carnegie Hall of the United States, Harmony Hall of Japan, Brahmssaal of Austria, Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall of Taiwan, Jeonju Symphony Hall of South Korea, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Esplanade of Singapore, New South Wales Concert Hall of Australia, and Shanghai Oriental Arts Center and Shanghai Theater of China.
He collaborated with prominent musicians, such as conductors Albert Georg Schram, George Ellis, Arturo Molina, and Ruggiero Barbieri. He is a guest piano faculty at Halle International Music Festival in Germany, Perugia Music Fest, JFJC Music Institute Festival in Philippines, EuroArts Academy Winter Festival in South Korea and FAIM Summer Festival in China. His performances were radio broadcasted and live streamed worldwide at WLHH 104.9, WXEL 90.7, DZFE 98.7 and Dulwich College, UK. As an advocate of new music, he recently formed a piano duo ensemble with Korean pianist, Dr. Heeseung Lee,“Duo Bravura”, to promote two-piano works of 21st century composers. Salonga is a recording artist under the KNS Classical Artist Label. His CD recordings entitled “Transformations” and “Transcendence” will be released early next year.
Salonga is the Gold Medal winner of the 2008 Jeonju International Piano Competition in South Korea. He is the recipient of the coveted Zellen Piano Prize at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has gained accolades from Hilton Head International Piano Competition, Florida International Piano Competition, and Scottish International Piano Competition. He is also an awardee of multiple teaching excellence awards from various international piano competitions.
Oliver Salonga received his Artist Diploma and Master of Music in Piano Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He also received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance with minors in Theory and Analysis, Arts Management, and Collaborative Arts from the University of Southern California where he held the Sylvia Grancell Award for his entire doctoral residency. Oliver has received guidance from outstanding pianists/pedagogues, such as Antonio Pompabaldi, Daniel Pollack, Norman Krieger, Sergei Babayan, Roberta Rust, Jerome Lowenthal, and Robert McDonald. He is the Artistic Director of Hangzhou Souland Music Institute, piano faculty at FaceArt Institute of Music in Shanghai and was a former piano faculty at Soochow University School of Music in China. His students have won first prizes in New York International Music Competition, Paris and London Grand Prize, China International Franz Liszt Competition, Singapore International Youth Competition, Hong Kong International Competition and Osaka International Piano Competition. His students have been admitted to some of the finest musical institutions such as the Juilliard School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, Hannover Hochschule, and Tokyo Toho Gakuen. Dr. Oliver Salonga embraces the Russian School of Piano Performance Tradition.
Oliver Salonga regularly holds masterclasses in Asia, among them at China’s Ernst Piano Foundation Masterclasses Series, Korea’s EuroArts Academy Winter Festival, Thailand’s Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music and Yamaha Central Music Academy, Singapore’s Yong Siew Toh Consevatory of Music, UAE’s Cultural Foundation and British School AbuDhabi, Philippines’ University of the Philippines, University of Sto. Tomas, Philippine High School for the Arts and Cultural Center of the Philippines. He has also given lectures and teaching workshops about “Shaping Artistic Individuality and Creating Sound World” and “Effective Preparation for International Piano Competitions.”