A CIVIL LAW freshman bagged the top prize in a composition competition at the Busan Choral Festival and Competition held on Oct. 23 to 24. 

Ryle Nicole Custodio won with his composition titled “Tagu-Taguan,” an acapella piece about his childhood memories of playing outdoor games with friends. 

“This win is more than just me receiving an award. This is a testament that Filipino composers and Philippine choral music are indeed one of — if not the best in the world,” Custodio told the Varsitarian

 Custodio graduated with a music degree, major in composition and minor in viola and kulintang performance, at the University of the Philippines. 

The piece was written in the choral writing subject under Josefino Chino Toledo of the UP College of Music.

Award-winning choir Philippine Madrigal Singers, under the direction of Mark Anthony Carpio, performed Custodio’s composition.

The Busan Choral Composition Competition is an annual music contest that features and recognizes the talents of young composers around the world. 

The performance of the Philippine Madrigal Singers of Custodio’s composition can be watched here.


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