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Gerard Salonga Biography

Birth Place:
Manila, Philippines
Music director, conductor, orchestrator

Fast Facts

  • Started playing the piano at the age of 5
  • Gave his first stage performance while on tour with his sister for an Aliw Awards Foundation trip in 1981
  • He got on stage as her impromptu accompanist when one of her tapes malfunctioned
  • Studied piano under the guidance of legendary jazz pianist Ray Santisi
  • Grammy-winner Richard Evans taught him arranging and David Callahan and George Monseur were his conducting teachers
  • Worked in Los Angeles as an orchestrator and proofreader at Sony Pictures after graduation
  • Returned to Philippines in 1999
  • Bagged the Aliw (live performance) Best Musical Director Award in 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2008
  • Was inducted into the Aliw Hall of Fame in 2010
  • Has led many Manila productions, two of which, Sweeney Todd and Little Women, have earned him Philstage (theatre) Awards for Best Musical Direction in 2010 and 2011 respectively
  • Received The Outstanding Young Men Award, the Philippines' highest civilian honor awarded to achievers under the age of 40, in 2012
  • Works as the music director of the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, a professional orchestra in Manila


  • Carmen Salonga -- Daughter
  • Feliciano Genuino Salonga -- Father
  • Ligaya Alcantara Imutan -- Mother
  • Nicole Beverly Chien -- Niece
  • Antonio Salonga -- Son
  • DJ Francisco Salonga -- Wife