NILO ALCALA is a Los Angeles-based Filipino composer whose works have been performed in Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. His awards include the POLYPHONOS Young Composer Award from The Esoterics (Seattle, WA), the 2nd Prize Asian Composers League Young Composer Award (Tel Aviv, Israel), and an Ani ng Dangal (Harvest of Honor) Award from the Philippine President.
Alcala’s work Mangá Pakalagián for chorus and kulintang ensemble was commissioned by the Grammy-nominated Los Angeles Master Chorale, directed by Grant Gershon and premiered on November 15, 2015, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall). His commissions also include the National Music Competition for Young Artists of the Philippines, the Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival, Korean Ministry of Culture, Asia Europe Foundation, and premieres by the Metro Manila Concert Orchestra.
Alcala was soloist and composer-in-residence of the renowned Philippine Madrigal Singers which performed his works at the Florilege Vocal de Tours (Tours, France), the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing (Arezzo, Italy), and numerous international events including the 2013 American Choral Directors Association National Conference (Dallas, TX), the 9th World Symposium on Choral Music (Puerto Madryn, Argentina), and America Cantat 7 (Bogota, Colombia).
An Asian Cultural Council grantee, Alcala is also recipient of a Billy Joel Fellowship at Syracuse University where he earned an MMus in Composition and received the Irene L. Crocker Music Award. He holds a BM in Composition at the University of the Philippines, graduating Magna cum laude. His music for the film Homecoming earned nominations for Best Musical Score at the Metro Manila Film Festival and Star Awards for Movies. A versatile composer, Alcala also serves as music director for Club Six Studios, a Silicon Valley-based mobile video game company.
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