Maximillan R. Antig
Maximillan Antig made his debut at age 18, performing the Prokofiev Concerto No. 3 with the Metro Manila Symphony Orchestra. His successful performance led to more concerto appearances with the Cultural Center of the Philippines Symphony Orchestra performing the Rachmaninoff Second Concerto and the Brahms No. 1 Concerto with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. Other Concerto performances include: soloist with the Fort Collins (Colorado), Waterloo/Cedar Falls (Iowa), and Wartburg (Iowa) Symphony Orchestras. He has played in master classes given by John Browning, Earl Wild, Leonard Shure, Alexander Toradze, & Bela Siki.
He studied with Stella Goldenberg-Brimo at the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music in the Philippines, Howard Aibel at the University of Northern Iowa, & Martin Canin at the University of New York, Stony Brook.
Among his numerous accolades are first prizes at the piano competitions of the Music Teachers’ National Association (MTNA – USA) Midwest Regionals, Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra Competition, Wartburg Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, Schubert Club (Minneapolis), J. Earl Lee Piano Competition (South Dakota), Jacksonville-McMurray Young Artists Competition (Missouri), and Piano Teachers Guild of the Philippines Concerto Competition.
Maximillan has been a member of the AMTL for the past ten years where he has been the Chairperson of the Mid-Season Musicales for eight years. This is his third year as President of the AMTL.
Commended by the New York Times and the London Times, Steinway Artist Emily White has appeared as soloist with the Filharmonia Sudecka (Poland), Oltenia Philharmonic (Romania), Lambeth Orchestra (London), Brooklyn Symphony, Lake Forest Symphony, Florida Philharmonic, and National Orchestral Institute. Her recordings on the Arabesque label include Szymanowski Piano Works, Brahms’s Concerto No. 2, “The White Peacock: American Collection, vol. I,” and “The Graceful Ghost: American Collection, vol. II.” Awards include top prizes at the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition (UK), the International Mozart Competition (Austria), the New York Competition of the National Chopin Foundation, Associateship of the Royal Academy of Music, and a London Symphony Orchestra Foundation grant. Dr. White has taught in the College Division at The Juilliard School and has given master classes in Hong Kong, the Philippines, England, Romania, and several universities in the U.S. Her performances have been broadcast on WFLN-Philadelphia, WQXR-New York, NPR in New York, Knoxville, San Antonio, and Omaha, and Accent4 in Strasbourg, France.
Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, op. 17
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943)
Introduction: Alla marcia
Rachmaninoff’s Suite No. 2, op.17 ranks as one of the finest in the piano duo repertoire. Composed in 1901 and dedicated to Alexander Goldenweiser, it is one of Rachmaninoff’s “comeback” works, together with the 2nd Piano Concerto and the Cello Sonata. After four years of silence following his unsuccessful First Symphony, the composer produced a stunning work, ripe with a pronounced Russian flavor, rich and bold sonorities, intense rhythmic drive, and brilliant virtuosity. The suite begins with an assertive and heroic stance in its opening Introduction: Alla marcia and continues with a delightful waltz which employs the hemiola device (accenting three beats for every six counts), creating a complex rhythmic structure. The premiere of the suite took place a few months after its completion, with the composer collaborating with his teacher and cousin, Alexander Siloti. Rachmaninoff gave an unexpected and memorable performance of this work with Vladimir Horowitz at a social gathering in the 1940s, toward the end of his life.