Liceo Prof wins 1st Prize at the Grand Prize Virtuoso

Jan 6, 2019


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17th Rome Int’l Music Competition


A Professor of the Liceo de Cagayan University Conservatory of Music, Theater and Dance  has topped an international music competition held in Rome, Italy recently.


Zip de Guzman with his First Prize Medal and Certificate from 2018 Grand Prize Virtuouso


Cipriano “Zip” Mercado de Guzman was awarded 1st Prize and a Certificate in the Senior/Professional Open Category at the 2018 “Rome” International Music Competition-Grand Prize Virtuoso held at the Teatro Studio, Parco della Musica, Rome, Italy last December 18, 2018.


“I sang the recitativo and aria from the opera Macbeth “Perfidi! All’Anglo contro me v’unitePieta, rispetto, amore”by Giuseppe Verdi,” De Guzman said in message to this author.


Started in 2013, The International Music Competition “Grand Prize Virtuoso” is open to all nationalities and ages in strings, piano, wind, vocal and chamber music discipline: (piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, recorder, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, piano duo, piano four-hands, mixed ensembles, female voice and male voice).

The Competition has attracted musicians from all over the world including Albania, Argentina, Armenia, ‘Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherland, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam. 


De Guzman left for Rome last December 17 and competed and toured Vatican City on December 18. From there he embarked on a pan-European Tour which included visits to Rome, Venice and Padiva in Italy; Lyons, Dieppe, Limouge, Sant-Saëns,Toulouse, France, Barcelona, Spain, highlighted by a Dec. 23 Christmas Concert as the Main Performer at Musica Eterna, The Christmas Concert with special guests Dianne Jacob Ico, Immanuel Choir and Coro Kuyapi at the Iglesia Sant Pau del Camp, Carrer Sant Pau at Barcelona, Spain; and a Guest Appearance at the Christmas Event of the Consulado General de Filipinas on December 23,2018 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

First Prize Medal and Certificate


He also subsequently visited Dieppe, Rouen, Normandy, Toulouse, Lyon and Paris, France;  Andorra La Vella, Principat d’Andorre where he sang at the Catholic Mass before returning to his students at Liceo de Cagayan via Barcelona and Cebu City where he met up with Liceo Music Conservatory Dean Rudolf Golez.

De Guzman has been a Voice, Theater, Chorus, Japanese Language Professor at the Liceo Conservatory of Music, Theater and Dance since July 2018.


The Filipino Baritone with the Philippine Flag


Concurrently, he is also engaged as a Free Lance Opera Singer (Baritone) at the Hiroshima City Opera, Japan, since January 2017.


He is affiliated with the ISME  (International Society for Music Education) based in Victoria, Australia since 2012; the Philippine Choral Directors Association (since January 2012); the Philippine Choral Guild – KORO Filipino (since 2012); and had been the Voice Coach with the Manila Chamber Singers.

Musica Eterna-The Christmas Concert


Previously, De Guzman was part-time program host of the acclaimed Concert At The Park in Manila; a former Vocal Instructor at the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of  Music Extension Program (2013 to 2015) and with the Kuala Lumpur City Opera (formerly EST Inc.) as a Free Lance Opera Singer in  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Asked about his next international engagement, he replied, I will be doing the role Sylvio in Pagliacci with the Hiroshima City Opera and Orchestra on August 10 and11 in Japan.


Hals-und beinbruch!




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