Admit it; when you hear beautiful music, it’s pretty difficult to get it out of your system. Music has long been part of our existence. It can be the perfect stress reliever, the perfect way to express what you feel, and so on.
As different music genres continue to conquer the airwaves as well as the world of the Internet, classical music seems to have been left behind, practically forgotten and unappreciated. What you may not realize is that classical music can be the perfect genre for those who want to clear their minds and let go of the stresses of their everyday life.
Listening to piano tunes can be likened to listening to poetry, especially if you hear it live, performed by talented musicians in the city. Take Rudolf Golez, for example—Cagayan de Oro’s debonair piano virtuoso!
About the Pianist
When you get to see and hear Rudolf Golez play the piano in concert halls, there’ll be no doubt in your mind that he is indeed a gifted and talented person. This Kagay-anon pianist started playing the piano at the very young age of four, mentored by his own mother and first piano teacher, Rafaelita Pelaez Golez. Although he was still a very young boy, people have always wanted to see and listen to him play various piano pieces in the conference room of Liceo de Cagayan University Basic Education Department.
Since he wanted to further enhance his piano skills, the young Golez took formal piano lessons under the tutelage of Sister Ma. Lourdes Allegado, RVM. He made it big a year after completing his formal lessons, as he performed in his Premier Piano Recital at Lourdes College.
Manila and Beyond
It’s hard to believe that at the age of 11, the young pianist was already able to perform at the Coconut Palace. His performance was so moving that even the former First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos, was impressed with the young Golez’s performance. Imelda offered Rudolf a scholarship to study abroad. But because of the first EDSA People Power Revolution, the plan did not push through.
Shortly after that, another opportunity opened for Rudolf. At the age of 13, he was able to travel to New York City and one of his dreams came true when he was accepted in Julliard School (a prestigious school for music and the arts) where he was mentored by renowned classical pianist Seymour Lipkin.
Back to the Philippines
Years later, Rudolf returned to the Philippines, ready to perform piano concertos again. For his first performance back in his home country, he played Beethoven’s 4th Concerto with Sergio Esmilla, Jr. (conductor) and the Manila Chamber Orchestra. This was his first successful orchestral performance.
Improving his Craft
Because of his love for piano, Rudolf knew that studying in Julliard wasn’t enough. He went to Graz, Austria to hone his craft even more and then returned to the Philippines to study at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, where he earned his Masters in Music-Major in Piano Performance.
Today, Golez is known as Cagayan de Oro’s pride in terms of musical talent. We hope to see and listen to this music man perform in his next big piano concert very soon.