Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra scores near-perfect and wins gold at Bratislava International Youth Music Festival

For their first time joining the Bratislava International Youth Music Festival, the Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra received the gold prize and a Grand Prix from the jurors.

The Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra (MSJO), led by Jeffrey Solares, has made the Philippines proud by clinching the gold prize and Grand Prix at the 13th Bratislava International Youth Music Festival in Slovakia.

MSJO claimed the top spot, followed by Fire Choir from the United States in second place, St. Margaret’s Anglican Girls’ School Choir in third, and Afrikaans Hoër Meisieskool Pretoria in fourth.

Out of 17 ensembles, only two received the prestigious Grand Prix: Afrikaans Hoër Meisieskool Pretoria for choir and MSJO for orchestra. The Grand Prix is awarded to orchestras scoring 99 points and above for their performances.

Their performance at the Slovakian Radio Symphony Hall included pieces such as Stephan Koncz’s “A New Satiesfaction,” Antonin Dvorak’s “Scherzo” from Serenade for Strings, Ernani Cuenco’s “Nahan,” arranged by Cyro Cloui Bon Moral, and “Tagu-Taguan” by Ryle Nicole Custodio.