Ramoncito “Monching” Carpio will be performing for
CALCUTTA International Classical Guitar Festival & Competition
DELHI International Classical Guitar Festival & Competition
Filipino guitarist Ramoncito Carpio started to play guitar at age 12. He decided to study guitar formally at age 17 at the extension program of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Music. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree at the UP College of Music, Master of Music degree at Philippine Women’s University (PWU) where is currently pursuing his Doctor of Philosophy in Music degree under the tutelage of Dr. Angelito Agcaoili.
He took master classes with world renowned guitarists such as Jorge Luis Zamora (Cuba), Aniello Desiderio (Italy), Berta Rojas (Paraguay), Elena Papendreou (Greece), Roman Viazovsky (Ukraine) and Shin-Ichi Fukuda (Japan). He also takes special lessons with Philippine–based German guitarist Carsten Linck.
He has performed in numerous concerts around the Philippines and in several guitar festivals abroad. He was a featured soloist of the Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO), performing Rodrigo’s Concerto de Aranjuez, under the baton of Arturo Molina.
In 2012, he won 1st prize in the Asia International Guitar Competition in Thailand and 2nd prize in the Taiwan International Guitar Competition. His other awards include 1st Prize in the Philippine International Guitar Competition (2011), 3rd Prize at the Singapore International Guitar Competition (2011), 3rd Prize Bangkok International Guitar Competition (2010) and 2nd Prize at the NAMCYA Guitar Category C held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (2009).
In 2013, he released his first solo album entitled Pahinungod under Independent Philippine Arts Venture (IPAV). He is currently working on his 2nd CD which consists of popular and well-loved OPM songs arranged for the classical guitar.
He is very active in promoting the classical guitar not only by performing but also through organizing events. In 2014, he organized the first ever PWU Classical Guitar Competition and was one of the directors of the 2014 and 2015 PWU Guitar Festival. He is part of the guitar faculty at the Philippine Women’s University and St. Scholastica’s Colege, Manila. Monching also writes music for the guitar and stage plays.