|Just before stepping out for a concert tonight,|
living a #Travelife....
We'd both heard him play two weekends ago at an official homecoming and fundraising concert, when I was literally just hours back in Manila after a two-week cruise onboard the Silversea Discoverer. And when I'd bumped into the German Ambassador at this concert, I'd said to him: "Chino's music would be perfect for your living room."
That was when he said: "Actually, I decided to have him over for a concert."
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AN INTIMATE CONCERT
ATTENDED BY THE WHO'S WHO OF MANILA
So the stars aligned and I happened to be free tonight, so I went the short distance to his home for a wonderful set of eight pieces for the violin, at this private concert attended by prominent music lovers such as former Speaker Jose de Venecia, Washington Sycip, and Fred Elizalde.
The German Ambassador was standing in the doorway when I arrived and there was no one else in the foyer, so we had a very nice chat about music.
THE FIRST FILIPINO COMPETITOR
AT AN INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION
This is when I said: "I just hope his violin is good enough."
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LOOKING FOR A REALLY GOOD VIOLIN
I'd heard that concerned parties were actively trying to raise five million pesos to buy him a world-class violin for his world-class talent. And they still are fundraising right now, hopefully in time to buy him this world-class violin for the competition.
The Ambassador agreed: "It would be nice if he had a Stradivarius."
THE BEST VIOLINS IN THE WORLD
Music lovers know that the Stradivarius violins are the best and rarest violins in the world, made by the Stradivari family in the 18th and 19th century.
No violin maker has been able to make another instrument as good as a Stradivarius ever since.
The Ambassador continued: "Do you know why they can't make an instrument equal to the Stradivarius these days?"
THE SECRET TO MAKING
Yes, even with all our modern technology and machinery, no violin manufacturer has yet been able to make anything remotely similar to a Stradivarius.
He said: "It's the wood that they used at that time, which was the result of the weather then. This is supposed to be the reason hy no one has yet been able to make another Stradivarius."
THE MAGIC COMBINATION
OF TALENT AND LUCK
After that, the concert began. In his opening remarks, the German Ambassador described Chino as one of the best young violinists in the world right now.
Now if only he gets the breaks he needs, as he needs a really good violin as well as enough support to continue his studies in Germany and to keep competing internationally.
But last night, everyone was soon in raptures over the skill and the force of performance of young Chino Gutierrez, living his own version of a never-ending #Travelife.
with Greg Zuniga
at the residence of German Ambassador Thomas Ossowski
Chaconne from Partita No. 2
in D minor for solo violin
Romanze Op. 2, No. 1
Rondo-Allegro from the Violin Sonata No. 1
in D minor
Scherzo from the F-A-E Sonata