Ily Matthew Maniano
Ily is one of the most sought after composers and arrangers in the Philippines and in the international choral scene today. In 2018, he released his album EUPHONOS: The Choral Works of Ily Matthew Maniano together with the Philippine Madrigal Singers. He is a POLYPHONOS Composition Competition Young Composer Awardee (Seattle, USA 2017), and a finalist at the First Jean Sibelius Composition Competition in 2014 (Hämeenlinna, Finland).
His works are being performed and recorded by some of the world’s best choirs like the Philippine Madrigal Singers, and by Grammy award winning groups, the King’s Singers & the Swingles, to name a few. His masterpieces have been premiered and performed in prestigious competitions like the 2017 European Grand Prix for Choral Singing (Tolosa, Spain), the Certamen Internacional de Habaneras y Polifonia (Spain), Concorso Polifonico Internazionale Guido D’Arezzo (Italy), and festivals such as Festival de la Habana Musica Contamporanea, (Cuba), American Choral Directors National Conference (Dallas, USA), America Cantat (Colombia), National Collegiate Choral Organization National Confererence (USA), Canadian Rocky Mountain Festival (Canada), La Fabbrica del Canto (Italy), Choralies and Festival des Cheours Laureats (France), and the World Choral Expo (Macau). Ily has been invited as an instructor at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Choral Workshop, and facilitates numerous choral clinics and workshops in the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Canada, and in Dubai, UAE. In December of 2010, he made his debut as countertenor soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria at the Abelardo Hall, UP College of Music and has since been invited as a guest soloist in several music productions and festivals such as the 37th and 38th International Bamboo Organ Festival in Las Piñas City, Philippines. His artistry exudes that aside from his musical works, he also enjoys graphic arts and photography where his photos got featured in National Geographic and in El Pais, one of Spain’s highest-circulation daily newspapers.
Born and raised in the Philippines, Ily received his degree in Music Education at the University of the Philippines College of Music and became part of the renowned Philippine Madrigal Singers for 8 years as a countertenor. In pursuit of choral excellence, his works continue to reflect and set an exciting new set of standards that elevate the musical artistry and creativity of today’s dynamic choral industry.