Philippine Madrigal Singers
|Conductor:||Mark Anthony Carpio|
The Philippine Madrigal Singers, also known as the University of the Philippines Madrigal Singers or simply MADZ, are the most awarded and acclaimed choir in the Philippines as well as in Asia, having consistently won prestigious choral competitions for many years.
The group performs a variety of styles and forms but specializes in the madrigal, a polyphonic and challenging musical style popular during the Renaissance, where singers and guests would gather around the table during a banquet to sight-sing and make music together. This served as the inspiration for their unique style of singing - singing seated in a semi-circle without a conductor.
The University of the Philippines Madrigal Singers were first organized in 1963 by National Artist for Music (1999), Prof. Andrea Veneracion. They were composed of students, faculty and alumni from the different colleges of the University of the Philippines.
In 1969, their performance in the First Choruses of the World Festival at the Lincoln Center in New York earned critical acclaim. This made them known to the international choral community as well and paved the way to their winning top prizes in distinguished international choral competitions - Spittal, Austria; Arezzo and Gorizia, Italy; Neuchatel, Switzerland; Debrecen, Hungary; Varna, Bulgaria; Tolosa, Spain; and Marktoberdorf in Germany.
In June 1997, the group won the grand prize in the Grand Prix European de Chant Choral Competition in Tours in France, the most prestigious choral competition in Europe. They defeated five other grand prize winners: Guido d'Arezzo, Italy; Debrecen, Hungary; Varna, Bulgaria; Gorizia, Italy; and Tolosa, Spain.
In August 2007, they again won the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing in Arezzo, Italy.
Its present choirmaster since 2001 is Mark Anthony Carpio.
Awards and recognitions
- First Choruses of the World Festival, Lincoln Center in New York (1969)
- Grand prize, Grand Prix European de Chant Choral Competition in Tours, France (1997)
- Grand prize, Grand Prix de la Ville de Tours (2006)
- First prize for Category III (mixed vocal ensemble), Grand Prix de la Ville de Tours (2006)
- Grand Prix de la Ville de Tours, Grand Prix de la Ville de Tours (2006)
- First prize for Category IV (free program), Grand Prix de la Ville de Tours (2006)
- Prix University François Rabelais for best interpretation of a Renaissance number, Grand Prix de la Ville de Tours (2006)
- Grand prize in the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing in Arezzo, Italy (2007)
- UNESCO Artist for Peace (2009)
- Joy: A Choral Celebration of Christmas (1997)
- Bayan Ko, Aawitan Kita (1998)
- Madz in Love (1999)
- Madz Around the World (2000)
- Acclamation (2006)
- Love, Joy and Inspiration (2006) - a special edition compilation containing the CDs Joy, Madz in Love and Acclamation
- Madz in Love Continues... (2009)
The MADZ alumni are presently recognized and much sought-after singers, conductors and music educators who continue to contribute to the growth of choral literature in Asia. Its collection of musical arrangements and choral literature has been introduced into the repertoire of other choirs, not just in the Philippines but also in other parts of the world. The group maintains an average of two concerts a year, around the world as well as in far-flung areas of the Philippines.
- Founding Choirmaster - Andrea Veneracion (1963-2001, retired)
- Current Choirmaster - Mark Anthony Carpio (2001 - present)
- Philippine Madrigal Singers Official Website.
- Madrigal Singers at the University of the Philippines website. (accessed on January 29, 2008)
- "PHILIPPINE MADRIGAL SINGERS," Cultural Center of the Philippines. (accessed on January 29, 2008)
- Florilege Vocal de Tours 2006 - list of winners
- "RP Madrigal Singers New Artist for Peace." MB.com.ph. (Accessed 29 July 2009)
- The Philippine Madrigal Singers - Official website
- Philippine Madrigal Singers - from the Cultural Center of the Philippines website
- MADZ playlist