Pianist Victor Santiago Asunción is recognized as a pianist of innate musical sensitivity, fiery temperament, and
superb technique. He was hailed by the Washington Post for his “poised and imaginative
playing,” As a recitalist and concerto soloist, he has appeared in major concert halls
in Brazil, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Turkey and the Philippines. He played his orchestral
debut at the age of 18 with the Manila Chamber Orchestra and his New York recital
debut in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in 1999. In addition, he has worked with conductors
including Sergio Esmilla, Enrique Batiz, Zev Dorman, Arthur Weisberg, Corrick Brown,
David Loebel, Leon Fleisher, Michael Stern, Jordan Tang, and Bobby McFerrin.
A chamber music enthusiast, he has performed with artists such as Lynn Harrell, Zuill
Bailey, Andres Diaz, Antonio Meneses, Cho-Liang Lin, James Dunham, Ronald Leonard,
Susanne Mentzer, H.K. Gruber, John O’Connor, Marc Neikrug, Liang Wang, Ensemble São
Paolo, and the Vega and Emerson String quartets at venues that include the Phillips
Collection, the Corcoran Gallery, 92nd Street Y, Benaroya, Merkin, Spivey and Shriver
Concert Halls, and the Santa Fe, Aspen, Madison, Virtuosi, Pera, and Amelia Island
Music Festivals. He was on the chamber music faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and
School, as well as the Garth Newel Summer Music Festival. He was also the pianist
for the Garth Newel Piano Quartet for three seasons.
In addition to his active performing career, Mr. Asunción is sought after as a piano,
vocal, and chamber music coach. He is currently an associate professor of piano, and
Director of Collaborative Arts Studies at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. He
received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2007 from the University of Maryland
at College Park. His principal teachers include Rosario Picazo, Avelina Manalo, Roberta
Rust, and Rita Sloan.