An accomplished soloist, accompanist and chamber music colleague, Dr. Rene Dalandan has performed in the US, Canada, Asia and Europe. For the past two decades, Rene has divided his time between teaching, performing and directing music ministries.
Dr. Rene Dalandan has taught music and chorus in the Pearl River Middle School for the past twelve years. He has also been the music director of St. Catharine’s Church in Blauvelt, NY since 1991 and has also worked for schools in Queens, Long Island, the Bronx and Brooklyn. Since he moved to the US in 1979, he has taught piano to a huge group of Filipino-American children and served a stint as adjunct professor at Dominican College, Blauvelt, NY.
As a liturgical musician, he is the assistant conductor of the New York Diocesan Choir and participated in Papal Masses for the last three popes and the installation of Cardinal Dolan in St. Peter’s Basilica, in the Vatican.
As a concert pianist, Rene won the Artists International Competition that enabled him to debut at Carnegie Hall and gain favorable reviews from the New York Times. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music , a Masters of Music from the Mannes College of Music in NYC, and a Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude, from the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music in Manila.
His recent artistic accomplishments were his solo recital in Burbank, California, his appearance as the Ghost of Christmas Present in a local production of A Christmas Carol, and his debut as opera conductor of a Filipino opera in New York City.
Liszt transcribed for the piano, many works of his composer-friends, to promote them to the music public. Admiring Richard Wagner, Liszt transcribed some of his operatic works, such as the Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde, which features mythical German characters that dramatized emotions as love and despair in musical motifs. In this aria, Isolde sings of her eternal love for Tristan, who perished from battle wounds, before dying herself.