Pianist Horacio Nuguid to present recital Feb. 11

Feb. 9, 2010

Pianist Horacio Nuguid will perform a guest recital Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. in the recital hall of Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.

The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The program will feature works by Fryderyk Chopin including Fantaisie, Op. 49, several selections from Études, Op.10 and Sonata in B Minor, Op. 58.

Nuguid resides in Rochester, Minn., and is an active performer in the region. He is known for his elegance and beautiful tone at the piano.

From 2003-08, Nuguid collaborated as soloist with conductor Jere Lantz and the Rochester Symphony Orchestra in the performances of Mozart’s 21st, Rachmaninoff’s second, Brahms’ second and Beethoven’s fourth piano concertos.

Other notable concerto performances include appearances with the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, Austin Symphony Orchestra-Minnesota, University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, and Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra.

Nuguid has performed solo recitals in several major cities including Manila, Lucerne, Chicago, San Jose, Minneapolis and St. Paul. As founder and artistic director of the Rochester Chamber Music Society, he has played with many renowned artists and ensembles in numerous concerts in Rochester and surrounding areas.

Born in Manila, Philippines, Nuguid was a self-taught musician until he entered the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music at age 14. The school quickly sponsored his studies with a full scholarship award. He studied piano first with Milagros de Ocampo and later with Stella Goldenberg Brimo. As a young student, Nuguid developed a fine technical command of the instrument and at age 18 was awarded the top prize at the National Music Competition for Young Artists.  

Nuguid holds the bachelor of music degree from the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory in 1983. He was featured in a number of solo performances in Manila including those presented at the German Cultural Center, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the house of the Austrian Ambassador and the house of the American Ambassador. 

In 1985, having accepted another scholarship award to study in the United States, he gave a solo recital at Paco Park in Manila, which was broadcast live on national television. 

Nuguid continued his piano studies in the United States with Howard Aibel and Ian Hobson and completed the master of music degree at the University of Northern Iowa and the doctor of musical arts degree at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

Nuguid is an active music teacher in Rochester. He and his wife maintain a full teaching load of select piano students in the area. He also serves as a clinician at the Young Artists Piano Camp at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, working together with internationally renowned piano teachers and teaching some of the finest young artists in the region.