Juro Kim Feliz (b. 1987, Philippines) is a composer currently based in Toronto, Canada. He had his first musical exposure through piano lessons from his mother at an early age. Formal piano studies commenced years later under Minda Amoranto and Avelina Manalo, in which he won 1st place at the Weinstein Piano Competition (1999) and got in the National Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) Piano Competition as finalist (2001). He eventually pursued composition studies in the University of the Philippines under Jonas Baes, Christine Muyco and Josefino Toledo. Piano studies also continued under the late pedagogue Nita Abrogar-Quinto, and he also studied Japanese koto performance under mentors Wakaba Nishijima, Raissa Odi-Pineda and Hiroko Nagai. He subsequently earned an M.Mus Composition degree at McGill University under the supervision of Melissa Hui. Other mentors included composers Hans Thomalla, Liza Lim, Dieter Mack, Chong Kee Yong, Anothai Nitibhon, Bernd Asmus and Linda Catlin Smith through various consultations.
He is the recipient of the Goethe South East Asian Young Composer Award (1st place, 2009), enabling him to explore the contemporary music scene outside the four corners of his university. Under the financial support of the Goethe Institut Malaysia, he attended the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt in 2010. His participation in music festivals and workshops included his involvement in the Music Underkonstruction projects of the Metro Manila Community Orchestra (2008-2009); the Yogyakarta Contemporary Music Festivals in Indonesia (2009, 2010, 2014); the Asian Composers League festivals in South Korea (2009), Taiwan (2011), Israel (2012) and the Philippines (2015); the Manila Composers Lab in the Philippines (2008-2011); the Montreal Contemporary Music Lab in Canada (2014, 2016); the Project Bakawan Arts Festival in the Philippines (2015); the Kansas City-Montréal Musical Exchange (2015); the Pivot Mentorship Program of the Canadian League of Composers in Toronto (2017); the Music Biennale Zagreb in Croatia (2017); the New Music on the Bayou in Louisiana, US (2017); the Toronto Creative Music Lab in Toronto (2017); and the Waterloo Region Contemporary Music Sessions in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (2017). His percussion duo work Gandingan sa Kagiliran (2014) is included in the commercial CD release of Millennial Masters Volume 7 under Ablaze Records, and his music has received performances in Asia as well as in Greece, Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.
Besides activities involving composition, he also engaged in founding and organizing mission trips and training on contemporary church band music in different provinces of the Philippines during 2012 to 2013. He also volunteered as a radio producer and co-host from 2015 to 2017 in Sigaw ng Bayan Montreal, a Filipino radio talk show airing at CKUT 90.3 FM.
A complete curriculum vitae can be found here.