Hailing from the Philippines, Juro Kim Feliz (b. 1987) is a pianist and 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, leading him to win 1st place in the Weinstein Piano Competition (1999) and be a finalist in the National Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) Piano Competition (2001). He eventually pursued composition studies in the University of the Philippines under Jonas Baes, Christine Muyco and Josefino Toledo. Alongside piano studies under the late pedagogue Nita Abrogar-Quinto, he developed an interest in the Japanese koto and studied 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. 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 (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 (2017); the Music Biennale Zagreb (2017); the New Music on the Bayou in Monroe (LA) (2017); the Toronto Creative Music Lab (2017); the Waterloo Region Contemporary Music Sessions in Waterloo (ON), Canada (2017); the MATA Festival in New York (2018); and the Nief-Norf Summer Festival 2018 in Knoxville (TN). His percussion duo work Gandingan sa Kagiliran (2014) is commercially released in the 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.
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