Niño Tiro (PH) – Phantasie für Ludwig
Niño Tiro about his piano piece “Phantasie für Ludwig”:
“‘Phantasie für Ludwig’ is a Sturm und Drang piece in A minor based on the Beethoven style of Classical Romantic composition. There are a few nods here and there from the meister’s monumental works. The dissonance and melodic and harmonic tension in this piece conveys the ups and downs of a composer’s life and depicts the life of Ludwig succumbing to the frailty of the human mind and body. The work ends in A, neither major and minor, symbolizing the continuing struggles that everyone, especially Ludwig, faced in life.“
“Phantasie für Ludwig” – in concert:
Niño Tiro (*1980)
Niño Tiro’s music is anachronistic, eccentric and outright melodic. Born in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, he started piano lessons at the age of five. During his High-School days, he then explored Rock and played electric bass in a band. Realizing his passion for music regardless of genre, he pursued playing the piano for his Bachelor’s degree in Music while playing jazz and Rock during his spare time. He also taught piano in a family-owned studio while pursuing his Bachelor’s degree. After he graduated, he was faculty of the Lourdes College School of Music for 13 years where he became a prestigious piano pedagogue and an avant-garde, music teacher. He also plays Jazz, Blues, and Rock as a professional session player in various local bands. In 2004, his band’s song was a radio hit and was #1 for eight weeks in the local airwaves. He worked in the United States as The Life Teen Music Director in Santa Barbara Catholic Church. He is currently pursuing a second Bachelor’s degree in Music majoring in Composition under the tutelage of Horst-Hans Backer. He is presently faculty of The Conservatory of Music, Theater, and Dance of Liceo de Cagayan University, the Principal Double bass player of the Cagayan De Oro Symphony Orchestra, continuing his passion for teaching and making music.