Sillimanian wins NCCA Composers’ Prize
Jem Robert Talaroc was conferred by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) the 2018 Composers’ Prize award last December 10 for his composition for orchestra titled “Anima.”
In an article published in the Philippine News Agency, NCCA said the piece’s melody was borrowed from an Ifugao chant and symbolizes the “ever-present vitality of Mother Nature in the fast-changing world.”
Talaroc graduated from Silliman University in 2012 with a degree in Bachelor of Music Major in Composition.
The NCCA Composers’ Prize is a biennial competition for composers on concert hall music that started in 2016. NCCA created the competition to “encourage the continuing development of a pluralistic culture by the people themselves” and to “have a direct hand in the development and enrichment of the genres in Philippine music literature.”
(Photos from Jem Robert Talaroc’s and NCCA’s Facebook page)