Josefino Toledo

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Josefino "Chino" Toledo is a Filipino composer and conductor. He teaches music composition and theory at the University of the Philippines College of Music, and is cofounder of the Metro Manila Community Orchestra. He is an active and recognized figure in the contemporary Asian music scene. Toledo’s music is characterized by great energy and often bears a relationship to the traditional music of Southeast Asia.

He was a founder of the University of the Philippines Festival Orchestra, Crosswave Symphony Orchestra Project and the chamber vocal ensemble AUIT. He is also former music director of the Manila Symphony Orchestra and Peace Philharmonic Orchestra of the Philippines, and guest conductor the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and the San Miguel Philharmonic Orchestra in their concerts and other orchestral activities.


Toledo is noted for premiering works of Filipino composers as well as other Asian composers. As the artistic director of the 1997 Asian Composers League Music Festival in Manila, he was cited for conducting the local premier of twenty contemporary music compositions during the week-long festival. Toledo was also critically praised for his conducting of premier performances of new works by Filipino composers during the Philippine Centennial Celebration. He also conducted at the Art Summit Festival in Indonesia, Pacific Soundstream Festival, Federation Music Week in Melbourne and several festivals in Japan. In the 2004 Philippine Arts Month Festival, he led the young Metro Manila Community orchestra to a critically acclaimed 8-concert series within the cities of Metro-Manila. His conducting has been described as "clear and expressive"; and "like weaving a musical magic". Philippine art critic Leonor Goquingco recently wrote that “Toledo is one of the (Philippines’) finest and best conductors ever.”

Toledo is cited in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (U.K., 2000); 20th Century Composers of Asia (Tokyo, 2002); Komponisten der Gegenwart (Berlin/Munich, 2003); Philippine Encyclopedia for the Arts (CCP); Who’s Who in International Music (U.K.); and Who’s Who in Australasia and the Far East (U.K.).

Among his recent awards are the 1997 Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Award; Civitella Ranieri Fellowship in Italy; the International Award for the Arts, and the Chancellor Awards for Outstanding Musical Works from the University of the Philippines.




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