Hailing from the Philippines, Toronto-based pianist and composer Juro Kim Feliz (b. 1987) has collaborated with artists including the Thin Edge New Music Collective, Continuum Contemporary Music, ensemble x.y, and Liminar, garnering performances of his music across Southeast Asia and other places including Israel, Greece, Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Canada, and the United States. Pursuing composition studies in the University of the Philippines and McGill University under the supervision of Jonas Baes and Melissa Hui, he also sought mentorship with composers Liza Lim, Dieter Mack, Linda Catlin Smith, and the Japanese koto performer Hiroko Nagai through various consultations. Since receiving the Goethe South East Asian Young Composer Award in 2009, he appeared in several festival programs including the Yogyakarta Contemporary Music Festivals (2009, 2010, 2014), Asian Composers League Festivals (2009, 2011, 2012, 2015), Music Biennale Zagreb (2017), New Music on the Bayou (2017), MATA Festival (2018), Nief-Norf Summer Festival (2018), and the MUSLAB Festival (2018). His percussion duo work Gandingan sa Kagiliran is released in “Millennial Masters, Vol. 7” under Ablaze Records.
His first musical exposure came through piano lessons from his mother at an early age. Formal piano studies commenced later under Minda Amoranto and Avelina Manalo, leading him to win the Weinstein Piano Competition (1st place, 1999) and land as a finalist in the National Competitions for Young Artists Piano Competition (2001) in the Philippines.
Besides activities involving composition, Feliz also engaged in community radio as a producer and co-host of Sigaw ng Bayan Montreal at CKUT 90.3 FM (2015-2017). As a library resident artist of the Canadian Music Centre Ontario (2018-2019), he produced a blog/podcast series named Nomadic Sound Worlds which explores and situates Canadian contemporary music within present-day global migration.
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