ABOUT

Jonathan Velasco is a most sought-after choral conductor, clinician, and adjudicator in the world today. He joined the University of the Philippines Madrigal Singers under Prof. Andrea Veneracion in 1981, and became its assistant choirmaster later. In 1989, he studied Choral Conducting at the Berliner Kirchenmusikschule under Martin Behrmann and finished with distinction.

He is the first Asian principal conductor of the World Youth Choir and was jury for the 2002, 2004, and 2006 Choir Olympics in Busan, Bremen and Xiamen. He has also judged the international choral competitions in Maasmechelen (Belgium), Budapest (Hungary), Tolosa (Spain), Wernigerode and Marktoberdorf (Germany), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and Hongkong.

Velasco regularly holds choral clinics and workshops in Manila as well as in the USA, Germany, France, Sweden, Spain, the Netherlands, Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore. He is the President of the Philippine Choral Directors' Association (PCDA) and currently conducts the Ateneo Chamber Singers.



Top Left: Eric Whitacre, Jonathan Velasco, Vytautas Miskinis, Mark Carpio at the World Choral Symposium in Copenhagen (July 2008)
Top Right: Choral Workshop in Israel (Dec 2007)
Bottom Left: Polyfollia Festival Artistic Committee L-R Daniel GARAVANO, Peter BROADBENT, Jeroen SCHRIJNER, Jacques VANHERLE, Reijo KEKKONEN, Eva ROZGONYI, Jean-Claude WILKENS, Patricia ABBOTT and Jonathan VELASCO
Bottom Right: Choral Workshop in Michigan (Jan 2008)